Jon Foro
Jon Foro
Jon has spent over 25 years in the book business--and over 16 years at—buying, selling, and writing about books. He enjoys narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, and adventure and nature writing, especially books about bears.

Recent posts by Jon


The National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" Honorees

This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the 10th edition of its "5 Under 35 Honorees," all selected by writers previously recognized by the program. 5 Under 35 Honorees are writers under the age of 35 who have published one...

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"Say Cheese" Doesn't Cut It: Photography Secrets from the Masters

Face it: If you own any camera bigger than a deck of cards, you've probably fantasized about becoming the next Brandon Stanton. If it were only that easy. Photographing humans, in New York or elsewhere, requires not just proper technique,...

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Better Living Through Video Games

In 2009, award-winning video game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a serious concussion that left her depressed and chronically disoriented. Even getting out bed became difficult. Desperate, she transformed her talent for game development into home-brew therapy, setting goals and parameters...

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Second Chances: Jonathan Evison and the Roads to Redemption

Jonathan Evison is a writer on a roll. Since his widely lauded 2008 debut, All About Lulu, Evison has steadfastly followed his own unique vision, producing novels packed with eccentrics finding, sometimes fighting, their way back from the margins of...

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The 2015 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction

This morning, the finalists for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction were announced. In their release, the National Book Foundation states that the 10 titles in their Longlist "evoke the writer’s place and role in the exploration of ideas,...

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The 2015 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry

This morning the National Book Foundation released its Longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. The list is a who's who of award-winning poets, including two former National Book Award recipients, a former finalist, and a National Book...

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Chasing Blazes: A Q&A with "On the Burning Edge" Author Kyle Dickman

The West is on fire. And it doesn't just seem so. As of September 2, over eight million acres have burned, with 2015 on pace to become the worst year on record. Years of drought, combined with the decades-old policy...

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Finding NINA: Al Hirschfeld, Illustrator of a Century

In an extraordinary career spanning more than eight decades, Al Hirschfeld's iconic pen-and-ink illustrations both captured and defined the zeitgeist of the entertainment industry on both coasts. His posters for Hollywood films and Broadway productions--remarkable for their innovative simplicity and...

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Do the Hustle: Iceberg Slim, the King of Street Lit

What to make of Street Poison, Justin Gifford's biography of the notorious hustler, Iceberg Slim? It's certainly not a redemption story; Slim--born Robert Beck in Chicago in 1918--was not often a good man, having turned early to crime and, following...

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On the (Un)Natural History of Vampires

Vampires come in all shapes and sizes. Some are handsome and popular, their skin sparkling beguilingly under the fluorescent lights of a crowded high school hallway. Others, hideous revenants with cauliflower ears and talon-like fingers, linger with the rats for...

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