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Review: MR. AND MRS. DOCTOR by Julie Iromuanya

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Mr. and Mrs. Doctor Julie Iromuanya Coffee House Press, 2015 288 pages Buy: book | eBook Job Ogbonnaya is a liar—or, depending on your taste, a dreamer. After his brother Samuel dies in the Biafran war, Job becomes the hope of his family. They send him to school in

Maxine Kumin (1925-2014)

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Maxine Kumin, a longtime friend of Ploughshares, passed away on February 6th at the age of 88. She published first with us in Spring 1974. It was an excerpt from a journal about raising horses and living in the country, which she continued to do for the rest of

Winter 2012-13 Issue, Edited by Ladette Randolph and John Skoyles

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We are pleased to announce a slight twist with our Winter issue. Unlike our Spring and Fall issues, which are entirely chosen by guest editors (Nick Flynn and Patricia Hampl), the Winter issue was put together a little closer to home. The prose selections were made by Ladette Randolph,

Scare Quotes and Regency Dresses: Literary Costumes for Halloween

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Halloween is one of the few holidays where you can take your introverted reading habit and turn it into a public spectacle. So, get those brows up in the air, squeeze in that monocle, and start puffing on your bubble pipe: here are some literary costume ideas. FROM MIRIAM

Patricia Hampl Reads at Emerson (October 4 @ 8:00)

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Mark your calendars! Fall 2012 guest editor and award-winning author Patricia Hampl will visit Emerson to read from her work and introduce her all-essay issue of Ploughshares. This event is free and open to the public! WHEN: Thursday, October 4 @ 8:00 p.m WHERE: Bill Bordy Theatre: 216 Tremont

Lost Classics: Equal Danger

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Equal Danger Leonardo Sciascia New York Review of Books Classics, October 2003 152 pages $14.00 [Editor’s note: Every few months, Akshay Ahuja will dig into the archives for an old book that has either fallen out of favor or never received the recognition it deserves. Feel free to add

Second Pshares Single Published: Daydream Nation, by John Duncan Talbird

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We’ve gotten a fantastic response to our first Pshares Single, Timothy Schaffert’s “Lady of the Burlesque Ballet,” and are happy to announce the publication of the second entry in our series: “Daydream Nation,” by John Duncan Talbird. (Fans of Sonic Youth may recognize the title.) The year is 1989

Nothing but the truth: all-essay Fall issue now available

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Our all-essay Fall issue, guest-edited by award-winning memoirist Patricia Hampl, is now available! Read samples online, subscribe, and check out the issue on both Kindle and Nook. Showcasing the diversity and range of nonfiction in English, the issue contains family memoir (“My Mother’s Story,” by Xu Xi), travel writing

Patriotism Swells in the Heart of the American Bear: Some Books for the 4th

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Before we move on to things literary, I think we should begin this Independence Day week with Fozzie Bear singing “America the Beautiful,” which my mother incorrectly identified as our national anthem during her citizenship exam (she still passed). Actually, I kind of wish it was our national anthem—I

Juneteenth and Some of Its Books

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Today is June 19. For those that don’t know, this is a holiday celebrated in some parts of America as Juneteenth. Also known as Freedom Day, it marks the day that the Union army arrived in Texas in 1865 and actually enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years