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Publication Day: When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud

March 8, 2011 • 2 Comments

Today is a momentous occasion: the publication day of Jon Michaud’s debut novel When Tito Loved Clara, one of our favorite titles on our Spring 2011 list. And it’s not just because Jon is the…

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Giveaway for the Algonquin Book Club: In the Time of the Butterflies

32 Comments March 7, 2011 • 32 Comments

Today’s Shelf Awareness, one of our favorite daily reads, gives a fantastic shout out to the Algonquin Book Club. There are only two weeks left until the first event with Julia Alvarez and Edwidge Danticat!…

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Booksellers Rock! Jay D. Peterson, Magers & Quinn Booksellers

3 Comments March 4, 2011 • 3 Comments

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Jay Peterson, an expert in the art of napping, has been the store manager at Magers and Quinn Booksellers in uptown Minneapolis for over 9 years. He is also a board member and volunteer…

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Introducing the Algonquin Book Club! Live events & live webcasts with notable writers

26 Comments March 3, 2011 • 26 Comments

Welcome to the Algonquin Book Club! Each year we’ll be featuring four Algonquin Book Club selections at literary events held around the country and simultaneously webcast on our site. For each event, an Algonquin author…

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Why I Love Books February Roundup

2 Comments March 1, 2011 • 2 Comments

I always get anxious when writing the word “February.” There are just so many ways it can go wrong. It’s like “Wednesday.” Very confusing. And does anyone really pronounce that first “r”? We should just…

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Autographed copies of Water for Elephants–plus a visit with Tai the elephant!

33 Comments February 28, 2011 • 33 Comments

Sara Gruen has kindly signed multiple copies of the Water for Elephants movie tie-in edition, which officially publishes tomorrow, March 1! We’re giving away TWO copies this week–just leave a comment here or on our…

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Two poems from Algonquin’s Sarah Rose Nordgren

6 Comments February 24, 2011 • 6 Comments

Here at Algonquin, it’s no secret that most, if not all, of our staff members lead double lives outside of the office. Our team includes writers, marathon runners, bakers, painters, and bass players.
To showcase…

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Joseph Skibell nominated for the $100K Sami Rohr Prize

12 Comments February 22, 2011 • 12 Comments

When I first read Joseph Skibell’s A Curable Romantic last fall, I knew Algonquin had a winner on its hands. On vacation with my in-laws-to-be, I continuously snuck away to read Joseph’s novel, which ensnared…

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Heather Lende’s “Life Lessons: Caring for an Elderly Dog”

6 Comments February 21, 2011 • 6 Comments

Heather Lende shares some of the challenges and joys of living with a long cherished pet.
My mother’s last words were “Take good care of the garden and the dogs,” and so, of course, I…

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Sign up for an online chat with Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here

No Comments February 18, 2011 • No Comments

Hey y’all, good news! The awesome folks at The Nervous Breakdown–one of our favorite online lit sites–have opened up their February Book Club chat (taking place at end of this month) with West of Here…

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