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Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1963, when the magazine published “An Education in Georgia,” his account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. He is the author of thirty books. His nonfiction includes About Alice, Remembering Denny, and Killings. His humor writing includes books of political verse, comic novels, books on eating, and the collection Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.


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Russ & Daughters
Written by Mark Russ Federman, Foreword by Calvin Trillin
Schocken | Hardcover | March 2013
$26.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-0-8052-4294-2 (0-8052-4294-5)

The former owner/proprietor of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family’s journey from a pushcart in 1907 to “New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver” (The New York Times...

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The Big New Yorker Book of Cats
Written by The New Yorker Magazine, Contribution by Haruki Murakami, Calvin Trillin and M.F.K. Fisher, Foreword by Anthony Lane
Random House | Hardcover | October 2013
$40.00/46.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-64477-4 (0-679-64477-6)

Look what The New Yorker dragged in! It’s the purr-fect gathering of talent celebrating our feline companions. This bountiful collection, beautifully illustrated in full color, features articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine’s archives. Among the contributors are Margaret Atwood, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Roald Dahl... Read more

About Alice
Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House | Hardcover | December 2006
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-6615-5 (1-4000-6615-8)

In Calvin Trillin’s antic tales of family life, she was portrayed as the wife who had “a weird predilection for limiting our family to three meals a day” and the mother who thought that if you didn’t go to every performance of your child’s school play, “the county would come and... Read more

Alice, Let's Eat
Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | December 2006
$12.95/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7806-3 (0-8129-7806-4)

“Trillin is our funniest food writer. He writes with charm, freedom, and a rare respect for language.”
New York magazine

In this delightful and delicious book, Calvin Trillin, guided by an insatiable appetite, embarks on a hilarious odyssey in search of “something decent to eat.” Across time zones and cultures, and often with... Read more

Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House | Hardcover | November 2012
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-9368-4 (0-8129-9368-3)

In his latest laugh-out-loud book of political verse, Calvin Trillin provides a riotous depiction of the 2012 presidential election campaign.
Dogfight is a narrative poem interrupted regularly by other poems and occasionally by what the author calls a pause for prose (“Callista Gingrich, Aware That Her Husband Has Cheated On... Read more

Feeding a Yen
Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | May 2004
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75996-3 (0-375-75996-4)

Calvin Trillin has never been a champion of the “continental cuisine” palaces he used to refer to as La Maison de la Casa House. What he treasures is the superb local specialty. And he will go anywhere to find one. As it happens, some of his favorite dishes can be found... Read more

A Heckuva Job
Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House | Hardcover | May 2006
$12.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-6556-1 (1-4000-6556-9)

Somehow, despite everything Calvin Trillin wrote about the Bush Administration in Obliviously On He Sails, his 2004 bestseller in verse, George W. Bush is still in the White House. Taking a philosophical view, Trillin has said, “We weren’t going to know whether you could bring down a presidency with iambic pentameter... Read more

Jackson, 1964
Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | July 2017
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-58826-6 (0-399-58826-4)

From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, a deeply resonant, career-spanning collection of articles on race and racism, from the 1960s to the present

In the early sixties, Calvin Trillin got his start as a journalist covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Over the next five... Read more

Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | February 2018
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-399-59189-1 (0-399-59189-3)

True stories of sudden death in the classic collection by a master of American journalism

“Reporters love murders,” Calvin Trillin writes in the introduction to Killings. “In a pinch, what the lawyers call ‘wrongful death’ will do, particularly if it’s sudden.” Killings, first published in 1984 and expanded for this edition... Read more

Obliviously On He Sails
Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House | Hardcover | June 2004
$12.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-6288-1 (1-4000-6288-8)

Does the Bush Administration sound any better in rhyme? In this biting array of verse, it at least sounds funnier. Calvin Trillin employs everything from a Gilbert and Sullivan style, for describing George Bush’s rescue in the South Carolina primary by the Christian Right (“I am, when all is said and... Read more

Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin
Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | December 2012
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8221-3 (0-8129-8221-5)

“Brilliant . . . The dean of American comic writers showcases his varied talents mocking the public and private lives of politicians, average citizens and himself.”—The Star-Ledger
Calvin Trillin has committed blatant acts of funniness all over the place—in The New Yorker, in one-man off-Broadway shows, in his “deadline poetry&rdquo...

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Tepper Isn't Going Out
Written by Calvin Trillin
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75851-5 (0-375-75851-8)

Murray Tepper would say that he is an ordinary New Yorker who is simply trying to read the newspaper in peace. But he reads while sitting behind the wheel of his parked car, and his car always seems to be in a particularly desirable parking spot. Not surprisingly, he is regularly... Read more

40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering
Written by Alice Waters, Afterword by Michael Pollan, Foreword by Calvin Trillin
Clarkson Potter | Hardcover | August 2011
$55.00/62.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-71826-6 (0-307-71826-3)

Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971. Founded by Alice Waters, the restaurant is rooted in her conviction that the best-tasting food is organic, locally grown, and harvested in ecologically sound ways by people who are taking care of the land for future generations.  The quest for such ingredients has always... Read more