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Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin, who became The Nation’s “deadline poet” in 1990, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of Deciding the Next Decider, A Heckuva Job, Obliviously on He Sails, and About Alice. He has also written verse on the events of the day for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and National Public Radio. He says he believes in an inclusive political system that prohibits from public office only those whose names have awkward meter or are difficult to rhyme. He lives in New York.

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Russ & Daughters
Written by Mark Russ Federman, Foreword by Calvin Trillin
Schocken | Hardcover | March 2013
$25.95/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-8052-4294-2 (0-8052-4294-5)

WITH 8 PAGES OF FULL-COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS AND BLACK-AND-WHITE IMAGES THROUGHOUT

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...

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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
$14.95/19.95(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






Dogfight
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
$15.00/17.00(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






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
$17.00/20.00(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
$13.95/18.95(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





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