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Posts Tagged ‘food and lit’

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impulse buy: Gourmet Rhaposdy by Muriel Barbery

On Thursday I emerged from a fog of editing work and serious reading in need of a pick-me-up, so I headed to Borders, hoping to get my hands on that much-hyped smeary deliciousness known as “Me and Mrs. Palin.” Alas — it’s in the October, not September, issue of Vanity Fair, and since I’m no longer a New Yorker, I’ll have to wait until Sept. 8 to buy a copy. To assuage my (embarrassing) disappointment, I reminded myself that I was in a bookstore, a struggling one at that. Never mind the towering to-read pile of books on my nightstand: […]


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Novel Dishes:The Time Traveler's Wife I: Introductions and Helen's (Fictional) Pear Bellini

According to Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham, cooking is one of the things that makes us human. I would argue another important thing on that list is storytelling. Perhaps this is why good stories so often involve food.

Today is the debut of Novel Dishes, a new occasional series on Fiction Writers Review.


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"I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy."

In a single day — June 16, 1904 — Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus walked the streets of Dublin and the pages of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Today in cities across the globe, fans of the novel are celebrating with races, walking tours, pub crawls, readings, and performances. If you’re in Dublin itself, events began on June 13 and culminate today with a walking tour, Bloomsday breakfasts at the James Joyce Centre, readings and songs in Meetinghouse Square, and a screening of John Huston’s The Dead at the Irish Film Institute. New Yorkers, if you haven’t experienced Bloomsday on Broadway (at […]


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recommended event: 5th Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival

From the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) (who are celebrating their 40th anniversary!): Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 — All LIT Up: 5th Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival Come to the Hudson Valley for a day-long festival produced by the CLMP (with the Hudson Opera House, Fence Books and Hudson Wine Merchants) celebrating literature and literary publishing. **All events free and open to the public.** 11 AM – 4 PM: Bargains! Bargains! Bargains! Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson, NY Hundreds of books and lit mags published by regional and national […]


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FWR Tupperware Recap

A wonderful time was, indeed, had by all. We missed you, Anne. But thanks for sending all the great books! They found many good homes. Thanks also to Johanna Hines from Norton for review copies, and Karl Pohrt at Shaman Drum for some of the same. And, of course, a big thanks to everyone for coming. It was lovely to spend an evening in the backyard together, and a great excuse for me to barbecue a turkey. If only I’d remembered to have someone snap a photo of me in my Fiction Writers Review apron… Most importantly, though, here’s the […]




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