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Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee reads an excerpt from her story collection, Bobcat and Other Stories, published in June by Algonquin Books.    Bobcat It was the terrine that got to me. I felt queasy enough that I had to sit in the living room and narrate to my husband...

The Joker by Andrew Hudgins

Andrew Hudgins reads two excerpts from his memoir, The Joker, published in June by Simon & Schuster.  Catch It and Paint It Green I was slow to delight in disorder, in which words didn’t mean what I’d understood them to mean and in which phrases...

Thunderbird by Jane Miller

Jane Miller reads four poems from her latest collection, Thunderbird, published in July by Copper Canyon Press.EcstasyAs the ancients detail it ecstasy passes over usin a mist of particlesit lives baredies unburiedI finally understand it is...

How Food Writing Fed My Fiction

Join fiction writer, dessert blogger, and baker Aaron Hamburger at Whole Foods Market in New York City as he prepares his delicious limoncello cupcakes and talks about what the art of food writing has taught him about fiction writing. Watch via...

Al-Mutanabbi Street Inventory Project

In 2010 San Francisco poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil founded the Al-Mutanabbi Street Inventory Project to commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad's famous bookselling thoroughfare, which left thirty people dead and the city's literary center...

The Third Son by Julie Wu

Julie Wu reads from her debut novel, The Third Son, published in April by Algonquin Books. 1. My journey began when the Americans bombed us, in 1943, because it was during the bombings that I met the girl. I was eight years old. In the weeks before...

Snapper by Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling reads from his debut novel, Snapper, published in April by Pantheon.Some Old Horses I got my job by accident. A sycamore tree landed on the roof of my predecessor’s 4 x 4 during a thunderstorm. He spent six months in a neck brace. “...

The Exchange by Sophie Cabot Black

Sophie Cabot Black reads three poems from her third poetry collection, The Exchange, published in May by Graywolf Press.       Afterlife     I could only close my eyes on the blueShirtsleeve of leaving and understandI was to make my own sentence. No...

Wreck Me by Sally Ball

Sally Ball reads from her second poetry collection, Wreck Me, published in April by Barrow Street Press.   No Threat, Nuthatch   Tiny presence in the pines,hold still. Upside down—right side up—flock of nervesand fretful hunger. Hold still. Your...

Smile at Strangers by Susan Schorn

Susan Schorn reads from her debut memoir, Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly, published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.    Fall down seven times, get up eight. I'm pondering this phrase, a traditional Japanese...

This Close by Jessica Francis Kane

Jessica Francis Kane reads from her short story collection, This Close, published in March by Graywolf Press.Lucky BoySomething about New York City makes a lot of people understand you should try to look your best. Tourists, for example, often wear...

The Nantucket Book Festival

For the opener of The Spring 2013 Guide to Inspired Writing Retreats, contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin traveled to Nantucket to get a feeling for an exciting new book festival that is growing on a beautiful island known primarily as a summer...

The Revolution: Report From Literary Egypt

For his article "The Revolution: Report From Literary Egypt," contributing editor Stephen Morison Jr, who lives in Madaba-Manja, Jordan, traveled to Cairo twice—first in late August 2012 and again in early October—and spoke with writers, publishers...

Superstar by Susan Steinberg

Fiction writer Susan Steinberg reads from "Superstar," the opening story from her collection Spectacle, published in January 2013 by Graywolf Press. SuperstarI once hung out with this shit group of kids and they were just such shit.This to say I...

Ben Arthur's "Bone and Heart"

Singer-songwriter and novelist Ben Arthur, who recently finished the European leg of his tour for If You Look for My Heart, an interrelated concept album and novel, wrote and recorded a song inspired by Frank Bures's article "The Secret Lives of...

Odessa by Patricia Kirkpatrick

Poet Patricia Kirkpatrick reads three poems from her collection, Odessa, published in December 2012 by Milkweed Editions. Near Odessa Near the end of summer. Wheatfield with lark. With swift, longspur, and sparrow. I see the birds opening tails and...

St. Protagonist by Lisa Russ Spaar

Poet Lisa Russ Spaar reads "St. Protagonist," the opening poem from her collection Vanitas, Rough, published in December by Persea Books.  St. Protagonist  It's bedtime. Tell me a storyas the leaves fly again, even as we love them& cannot see...

Cozy Classics for Young and Old

Brothers Jack and Holman Wang teamed up in 2012 to create Cozy Classics, an infant primer board-book series that adapts classic novels into twelve simple, child-friendly words that appear alongside photographs of handmade figurines. The brothers...

Akhmatova by Matthew Dickman

Poet Matthew Dickman reads "Akhmatova" from his latest collection, Mayakovsky's Revolver, published in October by Norton.  AkhmatovaThat’s right! Now I remember. I was on the beachlooking at Haystack Rock,putting my finger into the mouths of sea...

In Heaven by Matthew Dickman

Poet Matthew Dickman reads "In Heaven" from his latest collection, Mayakovsky's Revolver, published in October by Norton. To hear more, check out Dickman reading "Akhmatova" and "Bridge."  In HeavenNo dog chained to a spike in a yard of dyinggrass...

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