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Amy Butcher is a dog lover and essayist, in that order. She's the author of the forthcoming memoir Visitor #3 (Blue Rider Press/Penguin, 2015) and her work has otherwise appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review online, Tin House online, Salon, The Kenyon Review, The Indiana Review, The North American Review, Vela, Hobart and Brevity, among others. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa and wonders how long it’s been since you last called your mother. More here.

And Despite It All, Okay: An Interview with The Last Days Of California Author Mary Miller

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And Despite It All, Okay: An Interview with The Last Days Of California Author Mary Miller

It’s been a big month for Mary Miller. Even prior to last month’s release of her debut novel, The Last Days of California, excerpts and starred...
Finding What Makes Your Heart Beat: An Interview With Kyle Minor, Author of Praying Drunk

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Finding What Makes Your Heart Beat: An Interview With Kyle Minor, Author of Praying Drunk

Kyle Minor’s newest collection of short stories, Praying Drunk, was released earlier this month and has already garnered the attention of some of...

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The Best Bars and Restaurants Inspired by Literature

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The Best Bars and Restaurants Inspired by Literature

It’s no secret that those who love to read and write also generally love to drink—among the many greats whose accolades in literature seem nearly...
Why Books Make the Best Gifts

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Why Books Make the Best Gifts

It begins with a box. You know the kind I mean—small, lightish, not terrifically wide and, because it’s wrapped in row of waving Santas or the smiling...
The Best Non-Book Gifts for Writers

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The Best Non-Book Gifts for Writers

“The only thing we have to fear,” President Roosevelt once said, “is fear itself.” But when you’re dating, friends with, or...
Celebrated Reading From The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program

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Celebrated Reading From The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program

“Iowa: Fields Of Opportunities” reads the sign that welcomes you, and the joke when I moved out there for graduate school was, Yeah, and...
12 Reasons a Book is Better Than a Boyfriend

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12 Reasons a Book is Better Than a Boyfriend

1. They give the best gifts. Who needs a too-small, scratchy nightie or a clearance-rack bustier in “muted nude” when you can have pages upon pages of...

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How the Library Changed My Life

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How the Library Changed My Life

At four years old, the coolest thing I could do with a Saturday was dress myself entirely in navy green and sneak into our backyard, where I would hide...

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