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.”

Can’t argue with him there. Read the rest of this entry »

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 photo by Alicia Bessette

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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A Manager’s Work Is Never Done

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Opie: The Dog, The Legend

Hello. I’m Opie Brennan, manager of Parnassus Books. (Technically, I’m the dog of the manager of Parnassus Books; but let’s not dwell on semantics.) As a leader on the shop team, I play a very important role in daily operations. Here, you can see I’m organizing a batch of special orders for customers. I love helping someone hunt down a hard-to-find book. What else do I do all day? Here’s the rundown: Read the rest of this entry »

The Love List

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For February, our staff was given a theme — love — and invited to interpret it as loosely as they wished in making their recommendations. Boy, did they take that word and run with it… Behold a wild assortment of “love”-inspired picks. (Cynics, don’t let the picture fool you: This list goes way beyond just romance.) Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes a Good Book Trailer?

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Photo by Jennifer Rocholl

BJ Novak’s literary debut, One More Thing, launched this week; but the trailer has been making the rounds online, drumming up interest, for weeks now. Yes, the trailer. Video trailers for books are common these days, and for good reason: It can be easier to grab someone’s attention in a couple minutes of video than with a page-long press release that gets buried in an inbox. Read the rest of this entry »