Christmas Week: A story from Larry Brown

December 14, 2010 • 1 Comment On the Second Day of Merry Christmas Week we’re giving you a short story by Larry Brown. “Merry Christmas, Scotty” is about that holiday you spend alone–for this guy, that means a tent pitched in…


December 13, 2010

Christmas Week: A recipe from Camille Glenn

No Comments December 13, 2010 • No Comments Welcome to Merry Christmas Week on the Algonquin Books Blog! To prepare you for all your holiday festivities, we’ve got decadent recipes and seasonal drinks and Christmassy stories from Algonquin authors, all week long! And…


December 10, 2010

Algonquin Picks: Our Favorite Reads of 2010

No Comments December 10, 2010 • No Comments It’s no secret that we’re all big readers at Algonquin–and not just of our own titles. Although my mother told me never to play favorites, at the end of each year, while trimming the tree…


December 9, 2010

READ THIS: A Chanukah Essay

No Comments December 9, 2010 • No Comments December is one of my favorite times of year. For many of us, it means time to bring out the Bing Crosby songbook, time to unearth the scary Christmas napkins that look as if Santa’s…


December 8, 2010

WIN THIS: Merge Giveaway

54 Comments December 8, 2010 • 54 Comments ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MERGE . Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I think it’s time that I can safely declare my love of holiday tunes. Last winter, I was belting, humming,…


December 7, 2010

What We’re Reading: Bound by Antonya Nelson

19 Comments December 7, 2010 • 19 Comments Before I started to write this post, I searched for “Antonya” in my Gmail account, just to see how many times I had discussed Antonya Nelson in email conversations. Thirteen. In the past month, I…


December 6, 2010

Booksellers Rock! Emma Straub, BookCourt

No Comments December 6, 2010 • No Comments Emma Straub is a native New Yorker. Her debut collection of short stories, Other People We Married, will be published by FiveChapters Books in February. She works at BookCourt, one of Brooklyn’s finest independent bookstores,…


December 3, 2010

In Memoriam: In the Time of the Butterflies

No Comments December 3, 2010 • No Comments . “After the fighting was over and we were a broken people…that’s when I opened my doors, and instead of listening, I started talking. We had lost hope, and we needed a story to understand…


December 2, 2010

Richard Louv in the New York Times

2 Comments December 2, 2010 • 2 Comments In her “Personal Health” column in Tuesday’s New York Times, Jane Brody wrote, “I urge you to read the best-selling book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, who coined the phrase ‘nature-deficit disorder.’”…


November 30, 2010

Why I Love Books November Roundup

No Comments November 30, 2010 • No Comments I would like to make a motion to take “November” and rename it “Yesvember”. An entire month beginning with the word “no” acts as a subliminal discouragement. It’s bad for morale. If we cannot agree…