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Joseph Skibell nominated for the $100K Sami Rohr Prize

February 22, 2011 • 12 Comments

When I first read Joseph Skibell’s A Curable Romantic last fall, I knew Algonquin had a winner on its hands. On vacation with my in-laws-to-be, I continuously snuck away to read Joseph’s novel, which ensnared…

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Heather Lende’s “Life Lessons: Caring for an Elderly Dog”

6 Comments February 21, 2011 • 6 Comments

Heather Lende shares some of the challenges and joys of living with a long cherished pet.
My mother’s last words were “Take good care of the garden and the dogs,” and so, of course, I…

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Sign up for an online chat with Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here

No Comments February 18, 2011 • No Comments

Hey y’all, good news! The awesome folks at The Nervous Breakdown–one of our favorite online lit sites–have opened up their February Book Club chat (taking place at end of this month) with West of Here…

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On Writing: Heidi Durrow and Jamie Ford

2 Comments February 16, 2011 • 2 Comments

Today on the blog, Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, and Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, talk writing methods, Twitter madness, and the…

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Publication Day: West of Here by Jonathan Evison

30 Comments February 14, 2011 • 30 Comments

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Happy February 15th, the Publication Day for one of the most buzzed-about books of 2011: JONATHAN EVISON‘s new book, WEST OF HERE!
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ABOUT THE BOOK: An exciting, innovative, and daring novel about history…

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Congratulations Arcade Fire and Merge Records!

49 Comments February 14, 2011 • 49 Comments

Congratulations to Arcade Fire, who brought home the Album of the Year award for “The Suburbs” at last night’s  Grammy Awards. They beat out favorites Eminem and Lady Antebellum to win the biggest prize in…

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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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AWP Recap by Caroline Leavitt

2 Comments February 9, 2011 • 2 Comments

AWP doesn’t really stand for awesome writers party, but it sort of should. I’m in the midst of my vintage beaded sweater and red cowboy boots tour but I’m reporting from the confines of my…

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Publication Day: Paris Was Ours at Idlewild Books

23 Comments February 8, 2011 • 23 Comments

To celebrate the publication day of Penelope Rowlands’ fabulous Paris Was Ours, we’re giving away three copies. Just leave a comment here or on our Facebook page to enter. The anthology features essays by David…

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