Martha Southgate on CNN

August 12, 2011 • No Comments

Martha Southgate, author of THE TASTE OF SALT, now available in bookstores, was on CNN yesterday to discuss her Entertainment Weeekly article on The Help. See the video below. You can read an excerpt from THE…


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On Writing: Lauren Grodstein and Wendy McClure

3 Comments August 11, 2011 • 3 Comments

Lauren Grodstein and Wendy McClure dole out the writing wisdom as they discuss starting new projects, Little House on the Prairie, and why good authors are born rather than made. Lauren Grodstein is the author…


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Heidi Durrow: The True Story behind The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

No Comments August 9, 2011 • No Comments

Behind the Book:
A Child’s Second Chance,
by Heidi Durrow

I started writing The Girl Who Fell from the Sky after reading a haunting news story about a young mother—recently depressed and despondent—who…


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The Truth about the Civil Rights Era: Martha Southgate on The Help

24 Comments August 8, 2011 • 24 Comments

The current issue of Entertainment Weekly (August 12) has a wonderful cover story on The Help, the blockbuster book that was made into a movie, opening soon. As part of the photo-heavy spread, Entertainment Weekly…


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Algonquin at Home: Tomato and Watermelon Salad from Seasoned in the South

1 Comment August 8, 2011 • 1 Comment

It’s a sad fact that I cannot be left alone in a room with a ripe watermelon. It’s too much for me. Ever since childhood, I’ve suffered from a rare and dangerous disease called CWED…


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Booksellers Rock! John Peck, Diesel Bookstore

1 Comment August 2, 2011 • 1 Comment

Name: John Peck
Bookstore: Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland
Title: Events Coordinator
Brief Bio: I believe in good, old-fashioned pursuits: letterpress printing, good honest punk rock, magazines made out of paper, and post-ironic social media-friendly…


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Join Us! Heidi Durrow & Terry McMillan, 8/18

11 Comments August 1, 2011 • 11 Comments

Reminder: Only 18 days until our Algonquin Book Club event with Heidi Durrow and Terry McMillan! To help kick things off, we’re giving away 20 copies of Durrow’s critically acclaimed, best-selling novel The Girl Who…


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Why I Love Books: July Roundup

3 Comments July 28, 2011 • 3 Comments

If there’s one thing I love more than reading books, it’s setting goals. In July I planned to learn palm-reading, make spanikopita, perfect my cartwheel, memorize about 200 dinosaur genera, and read Finnegan’s Wake. Sadly,…


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Dream Golf: Anticipating the Movie Golf in the Kingdom

5 Comments July 27, 2011 • 5 Comments

We’re eagerly waiting the release of the forthcoming movie Golf in the Kingdom, starring Malcolm McDowell, Frances Fisher, and Julian Sands, among others. If you watch the trailer below, we think you’ll be just as excited…


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Heidi Durrow & Terry McMillan: Algonquin Book Club event, 8/18

69 Comments July 26, 2011 • 69 Comments

Our next Algonquin Book Club event with Heidi Durrow and Terry McMillan is just about three weeks away! To help kick things off, we’re giving away 20 copies of Durrow’s critically acclaimed, best-selling novel The…