Penny Mann
Penny Mann
More years ago than she is willing to admit, Penny's college professor told her graduating class they were, quite simply, "lovers of words". It really is that simple - conversations to ad copy, lyrics to novels, Penny loves the stories we tell and is thrilled to work in a place where she can witness it all.

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As Seen Through Books

“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.” -Tim O'Brien

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Bulk-Free Deluxe Reads

Besides the ease, space-saving, and environmental perks of digital, the nature of the format is allowing those in the book-making business to create some pretty cool additions to your reading experiences.

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Books In Flight: Nonfiction Reads For Your Travels

Chances are many of us will be clocking in some airtime in the near future - here are a few suggested reads of the nonfiction variety to keep you company along the way.

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Influential Creativity

Some of the books written or inspired by this year's South by Southwest conference speaker panel...

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Ice cube

Blair Braverman on Writing "Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube"

Blair Braverman's memoir, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, is one of those books--the ones that catch you off guard, stick with you, and challenge you to evaluate your place in life....

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Jennifer Haigh on Writing "Heat and Light"

In her latest book, Heat and Light, Haigh travels back to Bakerton - the Pennsylvania town brought to life in some of her past novels - to bring us a story of a community both blessed and cursed by its natural resources. We asked her if she would share with...

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Crazy Jewish Mother’s Day with Kate Siegel and Kim Friedman

Mother's Day is quickly approaching. (That would be May 8th this year so make sure you add it to the calendar… now. And also, you're welcome!) In the spirit of the season we asked Kate Siegel, author of the new book Mother Can You Not?, and her mom, Kim Friedman,...

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Lab Girl-Amazon Book Review

Annual Games with Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren's Lab Girl quickly become an in-house favorite around here and, as a result, was named Featured Debut for the month of April. The idea of a geobiologist's memoir may not initially jump out as the most invigorating read, especially to those of us that quickly exited the science...

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Imagine an Arab City: Saleem Haddad on "Guapa"

Guapa, the debut novel from Saleem Haddad, catches you off guard. He does a masterful job of immersing you into the story and getting you to identify with a character who could quite simply be seen as "other." While we can guess where Rasa, the protagonist, is at one point...

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Bad News

Writing in a Dictatorship: Anjan Sundaram on "Bad News"

Weeks after finishing Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship* I remain captured by the paradoxes Anjan Sundaram puts forth, whether familiar or staggering (and there are both here). This telling of his experience operating a journalist’s training program from 2009 to 2013 in Rwanda carries a power and weight...

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