2011 was definitely a banner year for books. For this year’s roundup of our favorites, many of us selected Kevin Wilson’s hilarious and brilliant novel, The Family Fang. (Kevin, come back and visit us soon!) If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to add it to your list. Happy holidays and happy reading toContinue reading

What books recently rocked my world: Nothing Left To Burn by Jay Varner (suck-up alert), Room by Emma Donoghue, Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King. . Best damn events we’ve hosted: I would have to say our events with Jane O’Connor and Fancy Nancy are among ourContinue reading

It’s no secret that we’re all big readers at Algonquin–and not just of our own titles. Although my mother told me never to play favorites, at the end of each year, while trimming the tree or coming up with resolutions I inevitably fail to keep (one of these days I will learn how to surf),Continue reading

Emma Straub is a native New Yorker. Her debut collection of short stories, Other People We Married, will be published by FiveChapters Books in February. She works at BookCourt, one of Brooklyn’s finest independent bookstores, and will smile at you so hard that you have to look away. She also likes to bake cookies, tweet,Continue reading

If you haven’t heard of Room by Emma Donoghue, or if you have but haven’t bought it yet, go buy it. Do it today. Immediately. Because I promise you will not be disappointed. Donoghue has written a spectacular novel that is currently short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker prize. The premise of Room is eerilyContinue reading