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Aram Mrjoian

Aram Mrjoian is a contributor at Book Riot and the Chicago Review of Books. His reviews and essays have also appeared in Necessary Fiction, The Adroit Journal blog, and The Awesome Mitten. His stories are published or forthcoming in Tahoma Literary Review, Limestone, The Great Lakes Book Project, and others. He is currently working toward his MFA in creative writing at Northwestern University, where he is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly. Twitter: @AMrjoian575

My Dream Bookstore: Books, Bocce Ball, and Beer

Back when I was in college, my good friend Tom and I always joked about opening a bookstore-bar hybrid. We ...

Reading at 25: Learning To Be Less Judgmental

As of June 27th, I turned 25 years old. Besides now being able to rent a car, I like to ...

Romance Novel Dresses: Using Books As Craft Materials

For those of you that follow us on Instagram, you might have seen some of the pictures I took of ...

Essential Armenian Literature

So if my name wasn’t a dead giveaway, I’m Armenian. Well, half Armenian anyway. I’m also proudly half Polish. However, ...

Literary Tourism: Seattle

Seattle is home to an eclectic array of writers, bookstores, independent publications, and of course, a certain enormous online bookstore ...

If Books Were Sentient

To preface this thought: A few weeks ago an article on Huffington Post’s book blog popped up titled “Why Books ...

The Big Book Breakdown

There’s a feeling of remarkable accomplishment that accompanies finishing a book, and when that book is of monumental size, weighing ...

The Language Of Landscape: An Interview With Peter Heller

Peter Heller is the type of guy I want to buy a beer. He’s received his MFA in fiction and ...

What to Read if You Love Akira Kurosawa

Let me start by saying Akira Kurosawa is a huge deal in the world of film. If you haven’t checked ...

Rebuilding Fiction 101

A couple of weeks ago I asked my brother a simple question: “Is your professor an old white guy?” He’s ...

Literary Tourism: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Last month in literary tourism you got a taste of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, a powerhouse peninsula of bookstores, writers, and ...

Film Screenplays Written By Famous Authors

Here at Book Riot we’ve talked a lot about what books inspire directors to create film adaptations. After all, every ...

5 Brilliant Bookstore-Bars

One of my favorite quotes by James Joyce is, “The sacred pint alone can unbind the tongue.” For me at ...

The Night I Slept Outside Shakespeare & Company

I woke up on a plane that I did not remember boarding, about half an hour away from landing in ...

Movie-To-Book Recommendation Engine: What to Read If You Love the Coen Brothers

The first thing to know about Joel and Ethan Coen is that they are brilliantly bookish and intelligent. This erudite ...

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