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Giveaway and video Tuesday: Guests on Earth

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Watch this mini-documentary about the amazing Lee Smith and how she came to write Guests on Earth, which publishes today. This isn’t a book trailer. It’s worth a midday break to watch. Promise. This is a remarkable, personal journey through Lee’s life and how she came to write this novel. As Lee says, “It’s a book that’s been waiting for me to write it.”  …

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Lucky 7 e-books for June: Adult Swim

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Water, water everywhere, and so many books to read. Get into the swim of summer with a dip into these Lucky 7 e-books for June — all just $1.99 throughout the month. Watery Part of the World by Michael Parker: This vast and involving novel about pirates and slaves, treason and treasures, madness and devotion, takes place on a tiny island battered by storms and cut off from the world. Inspired by two little-known moments in history, it beg…

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What You See in the Dark Giveaway!

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We’re giving away five copies of Manuel Muñoz’s new novel What You See in the Dark and five gorgeous broadsides created by Ander Monson , the multi-talented author of Vanishing Point and Other Electricities. The broadside features Monson’s original artwork and an excerpt from the novel, which NPR just picked as one of the top five mysteries for the summer!   “Manuel Munoz’s debut mystery, What You See in the Dar…

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Julia Alvarez: An Interview with Mark Kurlansky

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In A Wedding in Haiti, Julia Alvarez takes us on a journey–a journey to Haiti, a journey to the joys and burdens of love, a journey beyond borders and between families. “She is the ideal travel companion—witty and observant and, as in all of Julia Alvarez’s writing, compassionate and full of heart,” said Mark Kurlansky, the bestselling author of  Cod and his brand new book Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man. “A Wedding I…

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July 21, 2010

Water For Wednesdays

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News from the set! What’s 42 years old, 8 feet 8 inches tall, weighs in at 9,000 pounds, and gets to touch Robert Pattinson? Tai, the adorable Asian elephant, plays Rosie in the film. It’s quite a big job; after all, it is Water for ELEPHANTS. She hails from Have Trunk Will Travel Ranch, an elephant haven and educational center in Perris, CA. Tai has a 48 foot trailer on the set and gets plenty of exercise, rest, and snacks, as wel…

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July 7, 2010

Water For Wednesdays

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Because the closest I care to get to a circus is Robert Pattinson’s trailer. Water For Elephants: Movie News The buzz surrounding the Water For Elephants film has people asking “Wait a minute–can Robert Pattinson survive without his Edward Cullen alter ego?” In the wake of the “Twilight: Eclipse” premiere, even hardcore fan pages are starting to post WFE movie updates–and we couldn’t be more plea…

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June 22, 2010

Excerpt: Lucky Girl

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Lucky you, today we have the first chapter of Mei-Ling Hopgood‘s memoir Lucky Girl. Adopted when she was a baby, Mei-Ling Hopgood grew up in the Midwest and was never really curious about her Asian roots. Then one day, when she was in her twenties, her birth family finally came calling–on the phone, on the computer, by fax–in a language she didn’t understand. The Wangs wanted her to return home. But this unexpected reunio…

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November 3, 2009

HARD WORK: On Sale Today! Plus a BIG giveaway!

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Today is the first day that you can buy Coach Roy Williams‘ new memoir Hard Work; A Life On and Off the Court. His autobiography describes his hardscrabble childhood in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and the experiences which helped to inspire in him the determination and hard work which shaped his success. The book spells out how he recruits, teaches, and motivates his players, and how he’s shepherded teams through some o…

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October 22, 2009

HARD WORK It’s here! It’s here!

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It's not very often that Algonquin publishes a book with a hard On Sale Date (meaning no one is allowed to sell the book before a certain day). There's something about those orange stickers that immediately heightens the excitement! On Sale November 3rd! We’ve been working around the clock to make sure everyone knows about Coach Roy Williams’ first book, Hard Work; A Life On and Off the Court, when it goes on sale November…

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September 22, 2010

AN INTERVIEW WITH Jay Varner

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Jay Varner , author of the brilliant memoir Nothing Left to Burn , offers some insights on the origins of his memoir, the tricky business of writing about a small town, good books, and good music, as well as a nod to Saved By The Bell. Enjoy! I’m always intrigued by epigraphs and the one in your book, Nothing Left to Burn, is quite beautiful. You quote from Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore: ….

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