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Winter Reading: Alexander Maksik

You can now read Alexander Maksik’s contribution to our Winter issue online. We spoke with the author about the strange world that is “Trim Palace.” gg Tin House: What was the biggest obstacle in writing “Trim Palace”? Alexander Maksik: In earlier drafts, I included a great deal more of Pete’s life – past and present. […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Karen Shepard

“Blue jays argued in the shrubbery. The birches stood al- ready bare, while, other than the hue of their leaves, the maples stood in mantles of full summer. Had either Char- lie or Julia bent to lay a hand to the ground, they would have felt the oncoming winter seeping up through the earth like […]

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The Community Bookstore

Alongside the boutiques and restaurants of Court Street, The Community Bookstore and its lone staffer, a sullen-looking gray-bearded man with dark eyebrows, seem out of place.

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Tin House Books – 2014!

An exciting look at 2014!

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Your Slipcase is Showing: Joan Didion’s Closet

“For different reasons, the two of us believed that style was indispensable for living with a little hope, and either you lived with hope or in despair. There was no middle way.” – John Berger, Here Is Where We Meet Is it true, do we style ourselves for a chance at something, in anticipation, with […]

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What Writers Eat In Paris When They Are Not Writing About Eating In Paris

Just in time for lettuce leaves and diets, January is high season in France for enjoying a slice or three of la galette des rois, or King’s Cake, made with flaky puff pastry and a rich filling of frangipane (with some variations on the recipe). Although the cake is officially for the celebration of Epiphany […]

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After The Fact

After you summon all your strength to pull yourself toward that small hole of light, then up out of that crib, after…

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Apply Now!

We have opened the gates & are now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Workshop. Come for the amazing lectures and wildly talented instructors. Stay for the drinks and dessert bar.

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Your Weekly Forecast: Plutarch

“Antisthenes says that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time then thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer.“— Plutarch, Moralia

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A Year of Firsts!

In honor of a New Year, here are some great first pages from the 2013 authors of Tin House Books. It’s hard to read just one page!   Read more of American Dream Machine. Read more of Cities of Refuge.   Read more of Heart of Darkness. Read more Low Down.

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On Beginnings: Ann Hood

Wisdom Coupon: Beginning with Dialogue.

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Auld Lang Syne

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Your Weekly Forecast: Mark Helprin

“Winter then in its early and clear stages, was a purifying engine that ran unhindered over city and country, alerting the stars to sparkle violently and shower their silver light into the arms of bare upreaching trees. It was a mad and beautiful thing that scoured raw the souls of animals and man, driving them […]

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That’s a Wrap

We will be back January 1st with exciting new content, blistering exposés, and thinly veiled self-advertisements. Until then, from all of us here at The Open Bar, a very merry holiday to you and yours.

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Desiderata: Our Favorite Short Fiction of 2013

  Masie Cochran (Associate Editor, Tin House Books): Sam Lipsyte’s The Fun Parts: Stories (FSG, March 2013) was–hands down–my favorite story collection of 2013. It’s funny, sad, tender, and unforgettable. Not totally sold? If you read just one story, pick “Deniers,” (in my mind, the standout of the collection) a tale of unlikely love in a […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Théophile Gautier

“Although it was only six o’clock, the night was already dark. The fog, made thicker by its proximity to the Seine, blurred every detail with its ragged veils, punctured at various distances by the reddish glow of lanterns and bars of light escaping from illuminated windows. The road was soaked with rain and glittered under […]

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Winter Reading: Bianca Stone

All Bianca, all the time. That has been our motto of late. Not only will Octopus Books and Tin House be publishing Bianca Stones’s collection, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, in March, but we are also lucky enough to be bringing her out to our 2014 Summer Writer’s Workshop. To help tide you over until then, […]

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Signifying Nothing: An Exploration of Ethan Hawke’s Macbeth

Continuing Lance Cleland’s our decades-long fascination with Ethan Hawke, Tin House sent its ace reporter, Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, to Lincoln Center Theater to catch a recent performance of Sir Ethan’s Macbeth. Lance Cleland: What sort of level of Hawkeness is this Macbeth? Moody, rebel, you look like a doily, Ethan. Saving my family from a wacked-out […]

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Glasgow’s Voltaire & Rousseau

During Independent Booksellers Week in the UK this year, I blogged about an American woman I traveled with in the far east, who told me that she felt at home in towns whose bookshops stocked Noam Chomsky. When I fret over the troubling numbers of indy booksellers who are going out of business, I am […]

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Your Weekley Forecast: Jean-Christophe Valtat

“The blizzard seemed to be dying down, and it was now possible to enjoy the sight of the buildings and embankments and bridges smothered in the diamond-dusted whiteness. There’s always something soothing in the snow, thought Gabriel, a promise of happiness and absolution, of a new start on a clean sheet. Snow redesigned the streets […]

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Tin House Reels: André da Loba

Tin House Reels is pleased to screen André da Loba’s “Tuttodunpezzo,” a short film about the too-perfect man. The kind of man who never loses patience, never forgets an item when he travels, and “doesn’t give his heart away to anyone.” One day, he falls into a hole so deep that he breaks in three […]

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2014 Summer Writer’s Workshop: Faculty Announcement

While we still finalize plans for our inaugural Winter Workshop (hurry, the application deadline is December 20th), allow us a moment to dream of warmer days in July. Days that include some of the finest writers this nation has to offer teaching workshops, giving craft lectures, reading from new work, and sharing a drink or […]

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Your Slipcase is Showing: Books in Fashion

Clothes have, they say, more important offices than keeping us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us. – Virginia Woolf Dressing is a function, a necessity, but it can also be something wonderfully indulgent, allowing one the opportunity to escape a certain image of the self, transforming the […]

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Holiday! Shopping! Discounts!

Because we want nothing more than your money loved ones to be happy this holiday season, allow us to suggest a few gift ideas for those on your shopping list who might normally be hard to buy for.  

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Chag Urim Sameach

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