Publication Day: Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger by Lee Smith

May 31, 2011 • 1 Comment

I made the mistake of picking up Lee Smith’s latest collection of short stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, the week before a huge test in my Prehistoric Life class.   I should have known…


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In Pictures: Water for Elephants Screening

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April 21, 2011 – The circus came to town
Or at least it seemed like it: The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth was larger than life on the big screen, here in Chapel…


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Writers Read: Creative Writing at UNC Chapel Hill

1 Comment April 7, 2011 • 1 Comment

Last Tuesday, the Algonquin staff had the wonderful opportunity to attend two of our interns’ Honors Fiction Reading held on the University of North Carolina campus. Blog Intern Susannah Long and Editorial Intern Danny Nowell…


February 2, 2011

Booksellers Rock! Stan Hynds, Northshire Bookstore

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What books recently rocked my world:
The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker
Year of Our Lord, by T. R. Pearson and Langdon Clay

Best damn event(s) we’ve hosted: In 2003, after Laura Bush canceled a…


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Christmas Week: A story from Lee Smith

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Today we have the story “House Tour” from Lee Smith‘s most recent collection, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. In this brilliant gem of a story, a woman is completely unaware that her house is…


November 9, 2010

Booksellers Rock! Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books

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Quail Ridge is the major independent bookstore in Raleigh, NC–hometown of David and Amy Sedaris. It was voted the Best Bookstore of the Year by Publishers Weekly about a decade ago, and rightly so–you can’t…


November 8, 2010

Booksellers Rock! Land Arnold, Flyleaf Books

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The Triangle area of North Carolina—Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill—is famous for a lot of things:  stellar restaurants (three of which made Gourmet‘s most recent Top 50 Restaurants list), musicians (Ben Folds, Ryan Adams, Mitch Easter,…


May 13, 2010

Talking Fiction with Lee Smith

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Last Saturday I attended Lee Smith‘s reading at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC. Turns out, even on a Saturday night, Smith can draw quite a crowd–and she didn’t disappoint. She read from her new…


May 7, 2010

Saturday Night Smith

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This Saturday, Lee Smith is going to be in our neighborhood, visiting Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. She’ll be reading from her new book, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. Grab dinner and drinks from…


March 25, 2010

A Story from Lee Smith

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Today we have an excerpt from Lee Smith‘s collection of short stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stanger. Smith is the author of fifteen previous books of fiction—three collections of short stories and a dozen…