Short Story Pick of the Month

September 28, 2010 • 1 Comment

What begins as a fantastical story of a small Southern town’s populace living in trees after a devastating flood becomes a serious and sensitive portrayal of a strained marriage told through the eyes of thirteen-year-old…

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September 27, 2010

Algonquin Talks with Ron Charles, Washington Post Book Critic

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Welcome to the first of “Algonquin Talks,” our series of interviews with book reviewers, producers, and bloggers. Ron Charles, the esteemed fiction editor and weekly critic at the Washington Post, is one of the first…

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September 24, 2010

Celebrate 25 years at Housing Works Bookstore tonight!

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5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND TONIGHT’S NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH READING AT HOUSING WORKS BOOKSTORE
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1. Award-winning author Amy Hempel may bring her dog.
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2. You may get the chance to…

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September 23, 2010

Read This: Nothing Left To Burn Excerpt

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Jay Varner is on fire this week! (Sorry, we couldn’t resist … )
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Appearing at trade shows from New Jersey to Florida, being interviewed by the likes of Entertainment Weekly, The Nervous Breakdown, and…

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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…

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September 21, 2010

nothing left to burn video trailer

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This week we’ll be featuring the beautiful, poignant, searing memoir Nothing Left to Burn by Jay Varner.
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One of our favorite authors, John Jeremiah Sullivan, wrote:
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“The son reports on fires for the…

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September 20, 2010

We Are Not Amused:Algonquin Now a Marriott

3 Comments September 20, 2010 • 3 Comments

Dorothy Parker must be spinning in her grave.
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Even though Algonquin Books is not named after the legendary Algonquin Round Table, this news saddens us.
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September 17, 2010

What We’re Reading: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

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Let me be straight with you, fellow readers. I wasn’t even finished with Freedom before I chose Jonathan Franzen’s novel to kick-start my “what-book-are-you-cheating-on-Algonquin- with” entry. Is it everything the critics have hyped it up…

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September 16, 2010

GET READ: A Friend In The Book Business

1 Comment September 16, 2010 • 1 Comment

Some Submissions Guidelines and Conspiracy Speculations
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It’s a tough world out there for writers: incomplete manuscripts cluttering our workspace, relatives asking what our real jobs are, and our hole-in-the-wall coffeehouses being overrun with sentient…

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September 14, 2010

Going Away ShoesNow in Paperback

1 Comment September 14, 2010 • 1 Comment

Jill McCorkle‘s newest book, Going Away Shoes, is now available in paperback! People magazine gave the hardcover edition 4 stars, calling it “A remarkable collection . . . bold and addictive.”
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If you live…

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