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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January 5, 2011

Water for Wednesdays

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The release date of the Water for Elephants movie is set at April 22. (107 days away! I mean . . . not that I have a countdown clock on my desk or anything . . .) The book is #9 on the current New York Times Bestseller List. Twentieth Century FOX released the first official stills from the movie, and People and Entertainment Weekly were all over it with two-page “First Look” features of beautiful movie scene photos. . People explain…

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Giveaway & Event Countdown: Algonquin Book Club with Sara Gruen and Kathryn Stockett

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Just 8 more days… We’re counting down to April 26th, 7:00 pm EST and our next Algonquin Book Club event! Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, will interview Sara Gruen about her international bestseller, Water for Elephants. As with all Algonquin Book Club events, you’ll be able to see the entire event via a live webcast–and you’ll also be able to ask questions of the author and chat with others who are also tu…

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Publishing Tomorrow: What You See in the Dark by Manuel Muñoz

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Tomorrow marks the publication day for What You See in the Dark, the debut novel by Manuel Muñoz. Love? Intrigue? Hitchcock? What could be better? We have three copies of What You See in the Dark to give away. To enter, just leave a comment here on or our Facebook page letting us know which Hitchcock movie you love most and why. Haven’t seen a Hitchcock movie? Go out and rent Psycho IMMEDIATELY. For more Muñoz, catch him on his Spring…

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January 12, 2011

What We’re Reading: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Over the fall, while helping to search for quotes to accompany the spreads in Algonquin’s annual Out on the Porch calendar, I stumbled upon a passage from Breakfast at Tiffany’s that I couldn’t get out of my head. (I won’t spoil any potential future Porch months, but suffice it to say, the quote currently resides as my only Facebook “Favorite Quotations.”) This, and affection for the Audrey Hepburn movie that Truman Capote’s short, easy-to-read…

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Publication Day: Man with a Pan

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I’ll be honest here—one of my secret vices is foodie literature. I’ve devoured them all: Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, Ruth Reichel’s Tender at The Bone, Bill Buford’s Heat, Amanda Hesser’s Cooking for Mr. Latte. There’s something about reading other people’s adventures with food—the cleaving, the cooking, the cleaning—that mystifies and entrances me. Perhaps that’s why I have a stack of Gourmet magazines tucked away in the cupboard,…

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