Friday The 13th A Toast To Poe

August 13, 2010 • 3 Comments Happy Friday the 13th! Or is it Unhappy … Either way, it’s a Friday and it’s a day of note so there must be festivities and there must be a toast. And who better to…


August 2, 2010

Make A Toast At The Round Table

No Comments August 2, 2010 • No Comments Algonquin Books can’t help but feel a special bond with Dorothy Parker and the members of the Algonquin Round Table, despite the fact that we are not, as many believe, named after the Algonquin Round…


July 28, 2010

Beat the heat, Hemingway style

No Comments July 28, 2010 • No Comments During these long, hot summer days, nothing feels quite so right as sitting down with a good book,  a chilled beverage at your side. We hand out suggestions about good books like candy, but I…


July 26, 2010

Jam Sessionwith Heather Lende

No Comments July 26, 2010 • No Comments No, not THAT kind of jam session. We’re talking about berry jam. Fresh-picked, home-made, sticky summer jam. Today, we have an excerpt about jamming from Heather Lende’s Take Good Care of the Garden and the…


July 12, 2010

Bill Smithand the Honeysuckle Hunt

1 Comment July 12, 2010 • 1 Comment Bill Smith has served as chef at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for more than a decade. His essays have been featured in newspapers and on radio and television, and his recipes have…


June 22, 2010

Excerpt: Lucky Girl

No Comments June 22, 2010 • No Comments Lucky you, today we have the first chapter of Mei-Ling Hopgood‘s memoir Lucky Girl. Adopted when she was a baby, Mei-Ling Hopgood grew up in the Midwest and was never really curious about her Asian…


June 14, 2010

Excerpt from Dream Golf, by Stephen Goodwin

No Comments June 14, 2010 • No Comments Today we’re launching the revised and expanded edition of Stephen Goodwin’s Dream Golf: The Making of Bandon Dunes. What was originally  an exploration of the genius behind the British-style links built on the Oregon coast,…


June 3, 2010

Short Story Pick-Of-The-Month

1 Comment June 3, 2010 • 1 Comment Contrary to popular belief, not all writers sit in dark corners scribbling their serious, serious story about how gloomy and awful life is. Most writers use laptops now. Others, like George Singleton, forgo the expected,…


May 26, 2010

Excerpt: Far Bright Star

1 Comment May 26, 2010 • 1 Comment Today we have an excerpt form Robert Olmstead‘s Far Bright Star. This novel, which came out last year and is new in paperback, has gleaned some high praise and won the Western Writers of America…


May 24, 2010

Peep Show: Sneak Peep

6 Comments May 24, 2010 • 6 Comments A little about Joshua Braff‘s new book, Peep Show: David Arbus will be graduating from high school in the spring of 1975. His divorced parents offer two options: embrace his mother’s Hasidic sect or go…