Category Archives: Book People

Adrienne Rich and the power of language

“I can’t write a poem that transcends my own limits, though poetry has often pushed me beyond old horizons, and writing a poem has shown me how far out a part of me was walking beyond the rest.” –Adrienne Rich, Someone is Writing a Poem As a student, I fell hard for the poetry of […]

So Far Away meets Summerland on Stowe Mountain!

We weren’t aware of it, but it seems there was a mini-Reagan Arthur Books reunion going on at a certain Vermont ski lodge last weekend.  Our beloveds Elin Hilderbrand and Meg Moore ran into each other between hot cocoas and sent us this lovely evidence of their encounter.  Look at those smiles!  Next time we’re […]

Pitches and Noes

There is no shortage of reports on how bad book publicists are. The thrust of most of these essays is this: in-house publicists will do a crappy job on your book.  They won’t take your call for more than a few weeks, they don’t have the time or inclination to listen to your ideas, and […]

What I Read Over Winter Vacation

I always dreaded that back-to-school essay we had to write about What We Did Over Summer Vacation. Like most kids, I didn’t have a lot of control over my summer activities (I pretty much just went to swim team practice).  If it were up to me, I’d have spent the summer before 4th grade training […]

Am I Tweetering now?

A couple of years ago I witnessed a particularly hilarious moment on the Today Show.  Without warning, the anchors wandered off the beaten path of over-blown news reports and segments on making a Thankgiving centerpiece out of leftover Ikea hardware and dental floss and veered into the territory of The Internet.  Specifically, Twitter. Gem-like questions […]

Book People: Emma Straub

Emma Straub is a writer and part-time bookseller at BookCourt in Brooklyn. Her debut short story collection, Other People We Married, will be published in February 2011. More information can be found at http://www.emmastraub.net. Why do you work in a bookstore? Where else would one want to work? Bookstores are quiet, beautiful spaces, filled with […]

Book People: Introducing a New Series

This post inaugurates a new series about people whose lives are based on and around books.  Our first participant is Rebecca Joines Schinsky, who lives in Richmond, Virginia and has been blogging about fiction and nonfiction at The Book Lady’s Blog for the past three years.  In 2009 she set herself the goal of reading […]