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Algonquin’s Guide to Gift Giving, Winter 2011

December 14, 2011 • 1 Comment

I always wait until the last minute to buy Christmas and Chanukah presents for my family. It’s not because shopping slips my mind, or because I forget about the holidays or my family, but mostly…

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Drunken Botany 101

No Comments 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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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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June 28, 2010

Ask Dr. Bleedingheart

No Comments June 28, 2010 • No Comments

Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
I’m attending a housewarming party for a young couple who love good food and outdoor entertaining. I want to get them something useful and enduring–maybe to help with their garden or to…

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May 21, 2010

Ask Dr. Bleedingheart

No Comments May 21, 2010 • No Comments

Dear Dr. Bleedingheart,
I have recently adopted some pet snails.  Now they are having snail babies! The soil in the terrarium has little tiny bugs in it; I think they might have come from a…

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