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Drunken Botany 101

July 20, 2011 • No Comments

A few months ago, the Algonquin team received a rather innocuous looking box in the mail. Because we receive dozens of boxes each day, we weren’t too excited…until we opened it up and discovered a…

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On Writing: Amy Stewart and Paul Collins

1 Comment July 12, 2011 • 1 Comment

Amy Stewart and Paul Collins talk belles-lettres, the art of nonfiction, e-publishing, colonial mixed drinks, and cramming for your own interviews. Amy Stewart is the acclaimed author of Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, Flower Confidential, and…

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Amy Stewart: “A funny thing has happened with Wicked Plants”

1 Comment May 5, 2011 • 1 Comment

A funny thing has happened with Wicked Plants. It’s turned into a road show. A carnival of sorts. Social networking, nineteenth-century style.
A year before Wicked Plants was released, I was hanging out at the…

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Publication Day: Wicked Bugs

30 Comments May 3, 2011 • 30 Comments

Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestsellers Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential, is back with her newest book, Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects. (Be sure to…

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From Amy Stewart: “Annie Proulx, Garden Writer”

1 Comment February 11, 2011 • 1 Comment

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We know ANNIE PROULX as the straight-shooting author of POSTCARDS, THE SHIPPING NEWS, and OPEN RANGE (which includes the masterpiece “Brokeback Mountain”). If you haven’t read her work, you must. She has a way…

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A Valentine’s Horror Story

3 Comments February 10, 2011 • 3 Comments

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When I was writing Flower Confidential, I was always looking for romantic Valentine’s Day stories on flowers that I could include in a short chapter on our most romantic holiday. But florists have a…

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December 15, 2010

Win This: Wicked Plants Seed Collection

39 Comments December 15, 2010 • 39 Comments

As some of you know, I planted a poison garden while I was working on Wicked Plants.  I’d never grown, much less seen, some of the plants in the book, and it’s just too weird…

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November 15, 2010

Wicked Trailer Amy Stewart, Wicked Bugs

1 Comment November 15, 2010 • 1 Comment

We bring you this important news bulletin about Amy Stewart’s Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & other Diabolical Insects (May 2011).

Amy Stewart is also the author of the New York Times…

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August 6, 2010

Ask Dr. Bleedingheart

No Comments August 6, 2010 • No Comments

Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
Help! There’s this really cute guy working at a local bookstore near my office and I’d love to ask him out. But every time I go into the store he’s busy with…

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July 20, 2010

Ask Dr. Bleedingheart

No Comments July 20, 2010 • No Comments

Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
I’ve leaving in a few weeks for a vacation with extended family at a beach house that we’ve rented for a week. Do you have any tips for surviving the week with…

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