Playlist: Meg Wolitzer, Walking in New York

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It’s such fun to discover that someone who’s a master in one field has talents that spill over to another creative area. Take novelist Meg Wolitzer, for example. The author of nine books — including The Position, The Wife, The Uncoupling, and her latest, now out in paperback, The Interestings — she also has a passion for music. She’s been known to sing along with her friend Suzzy Roche, singer/songwriter with the group The Roches and author of the book Wayward Saints. In fact, last fall the two served as guest professors at Princeton, where they taught the music- and storytelling-themed course, Stories to Stage, Words, and Song: A Study in Adaptation.

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Anything Books Can Do, Shop Dogs Can Do Better

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Good day. I’m Gracie Coffman. If you’ll pardon me for speaking frankly, I’d like to point out that visitors to our shop have been spending an awful lot of time fawning over books. This book, that book, another book . . . one rectangle after another. We understand, of course. Books have a certain appeal — they smell nice, and some of them are shiny. But perhaps you’ve forgotten how scintillating your canine hosts and hostesses are? I suggest you turn your attention floorward, because this place has so much more to offer than what’s on the shelves. In fact, anything you might enjoy about a book, you can enjoy even more about a shop dog. Allow me to elaborate —  Read the rest of this entry »

Reading Our Way into Spring

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This is how the first month of spring goes in Nashville: One day, the sun has everybody peeling off their jackets and toasting themselves in the welcome warmth. The next, we’re standing at the store window watching sleet turn to ice in the parking lot, cursing our wicked cases of spring fever. On days like those, at least we’re surrounded by great things to read. Here are a few of our favorites. Read the rest of this entry »

Bottled Poetry: How to Pair Wine with Books

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Dan the Man

“If experience in wine retail has taught me anything,” says Dan Hutchinson, general manager of The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills, “it’s that book clubs might just be an excuse to get together with friends and have a glass or two with some conversation in between.”

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Reading (and Writing) Through Fear

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Claire Cameron - photo by Nancy Friedland

Claire Cameron, photo by Nancy Friedland

In 1991, at Algonquin Park in Ontario, a couple camping overnight were attacked and partially eaten by a black bear. The incident was so unusual, so disturbing, that it captivated local attention. It also captured the imagination of Claire Cameron, who was working as a canoe guide in the park that year.  Read the rest of this entry »

Matthew Quick Puts on the “Mask of Fiction” Again

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Matthew Quick creates characters to whom we might not expect to relate. Often marked as “crazy” by those around them, his oddball protagonists (think Pat Peoples in The Silver Linings Playbook) say out loud – and act upon – thoughts many of us have had, if perhaps kept inside.

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