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A Shot of Vodka and a Story

19 May 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett Collection Co-founder of the Russian Samovar and ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

As rain whipped sideways, Roman Kaplan stood just outside the doorway of the Russian Samovar smoking a cigarette and greeting guests with the easy smile of an old friend.

A dapper man in a tan jacket, Kaplan founded the bar and restaurant on West 52nd Street 25 years ago, along with the poet Joseph Brodsky and ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Every few months book publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux »

- Stefan Sirucek

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A Sister's Tragic Loss

4 March 2011 5:16 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

When her sister committed suicide Jill Bialosky turned to poetry and fiction, but now she's written a memoir that wrestles with her death as she tells Jane Ciabattari.

Jill Bialosky is an energetic, focused fixture on the New York publishing scene-a poet, novelist, and long-time editor at W.W. Norton, with authors like Nicole Krauss, Lan Samantha Chang, Eavan Boland, Robert Pinsky, Honor Moore, and Mary Roach.

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Bialosky can be seen often at literary gatherings in the Hamptons and New York City, awhirl in the crowd, heading from one friend or colleague to the next, or reading from her own work, with a distinct Midwestern twang, or at summer writers' conferences, like the one held in Taos this past July, listening intently as she goes over manuscripts with promising writers.

Privately, for 20 years Bialosky has been haunted by a family tragedy, »

- Jane Ciabattari

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