Monthly Archives: November 2008

Joyce Carol Oates is insanely productive but still thinks it’s not enough…

In an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Joyce Carol Oates, probably one of the most prolific “literary” writers out there, is quoted as saying: “I don’t truly think of myself as a ‘workaholic’ – in fact, I don’t work … Continue reading

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Imagine a Slow Writing movement

Annie Dillard’s essays are the best kind of creative nonfiction. Her sentences are gorgeous and packed with meaning and yet succinct and wise. I always go back to one particular essay she wrote that was published in The New York … Continue reading

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Why you should shop in independent bookstores

Just listen to this. (Via Bookstorm).

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RiverRun Bookstore has a new website!

The bookstore I work at has a gorgeous new website, designed by Primal Media. It has a lot of cool features, like a bookstore blog, staff picks section, photo gallery, an easy to read events page, and the option to … Continue reading

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A nice article on my decision to work in indie bookselling and be a writer…

From an article by Jeanne’ McCartin in today’s Portsmouth Herald: “There’s always someone behind that person you’ve got your eye on. At RiverRun Bookstore the figure behind Kathryn Harrison, Augusten Burroughs, and Owen King is events gatekeeper Michele Filgate. She … Continue reading

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The part about Bolaño

I’m one of the many people reading Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 at the moment. It really is the book of the year. Normally I’d be suspicious of so much praise and hype, but so far the reviews have been spot on. … Continue reading

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A literary utopia

I’ve always been a bit of an Anglophile, and the discovery of this store makes me want to go to London more than ever. Check this out: The School of Life is a new cultural enterprise based in central London … Continue reading

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