Books Win Big at the Primetime Emmys

Monday, September 18th, 2017

This year's primetime Emmy nominees included more than a few bookish adaptations, ranging from The Man in the High Castle to Orange is the New Black.  Sunday's big winners, though, were The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's bestselling dystopian novel, and Big Little Lies, adapted from another bestseller by Liane Moriarty. 

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The 2017 National Book Award Longlists

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Established in 1950, the National Book Award is one of America's most prestigious literary prizes.  Each year, the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization, administers awards in four categories: young people's literature, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction.  The longlists are out now, with finalists and winners to follow in October and November!

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Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

"So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone."
 Roald Dahl, Matilda

Born on this day in 1916, Roald Dahl has been called "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century.

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Kathleen Balma

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  As we prepare to help launch the upcoming issue, we went behind the scenes to talk with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Kathleen Balma.

Her poem "Genetically Modified Crop Conspiracies" appears in the 2017 summer/autumn edition of Dunes Review.

"I've lived for books for as long as I can remember, so writing seemed like the ultimate pursuit to me, always. I also had more than a few good teachers who nurtured this dream of being a writer, including one or two who ..."

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The Harvest Season

Friday, September 8th, 2017

With the leaves changing and the weather abruptly cooler, we've been thinking about the changing seasons and all the things that fall brings.  One of the big themes, of course, is harvest.  Whether it's picking out the perfect carving pumpkin with the kids, or canning up the last of the garden's produce for the winter, the idea of harvest time means different things to different people.  That's especially true if those people are booksellers.  Check out some of our favorite "harvest" books, from the practical to the peculiar.

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John Ashbery, 1927-2017

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Award winning poet John Ashbery, author of such collections as Some Trees and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, has died.

Unlike poets who come to their craft in a roundabout fashion, it was clear from a young age that Ashbery had the makings of a writer.  His first poems were published when he was still in grade school, and by the time he graduated from Harvard, where he studied literature, his trajectory seemed to be set.  A Fullbright Scholarship allowed him to move to France, where he worked as an editor of literary magazines and a translator.

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Jonathan Donabo

Tuesday, September 5th

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  As we prepare to help launch the upcoming issue, we went behind the scenes to talk with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Jonathan Donabo.

His poem “XIX. Nolan Washes His Face” appears in the 2017 summer/autumn edition of Dunes Review.

"I love feedback.  I think it is very important to share your writing. Especially when it’s in progress. Having a different perspective while writing can open up new pathways for the poem and make it something that you would have never expected it to be...

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Libro.fm September 2017 Selections

Friday, September 1st

We are delighted to partner with Libro.fm to bring you downloadable audiobooks!

Libro.fm's featured audiobooks for the month of September are all on a back-to-school theme, but even if it's been years since you've sharpened your pencil and dreaded a pop quiz, you'll find something here to keep your brain in gear.  Check out these old favorites and new releases!

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Dunes Review Interview Series: Keith Taylor

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

For more than 20 years, Dunes Review has showcased the best poetry, fiction & essays from writers here in Northern Michigan and across the country.  As we prepare to help launch the upcoming issue, we went behind the scenes to talk with some of the people who bring the journal to life, including contributor Keith Taylor .

His poems “Vet’s Pool: The Deep-End Test” and “At Belshazzar’s Feast" appear in the 2017 summer/autumn edition of Dunes Review.

"My family had recently moved to the United States. We’d come from a small town in the rural West of Canada, to a battered Midwestern city. I did not feel as if I belonged. I started putting words on paper...

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