Announcing Our Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers Selections

Dear Reader,


We're terrifically excited about our Spring  2013 Discover Great New Writers list, 14 titles carefully chosen from hundreds of submissions. By turns exhilarating and heartbreaking, lyrical and thought-provoking, these are the amazing true stories, the unforgettable memoirs laced with unexpected humor, and the dazzling, ambitious novels that the Discover selection committee members can't stop talking about.


The Spring '13 season begins on 2/5, and while some of these titles are available now, the rest are landing in February and early March.


Between Man and Beast, Monte Reel

The Big Truck That Went By, Jonathan M. Katz

The Day My Brain Exploded, Ashok Rajamani

The Death of Bees, Lisa O'Donnell

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World, Matthew Goodman

Falling to Earth, Kate Southwood

Fellow Mortals, Dennis Mahoney

Fresh Off the Boat, Eddie Huang

Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, Dina Nayeri

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis

Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala

Wise Men, Stuart Nadler

With or Without You, Domenica Ruta



We've so much more to say about all of these tremendous books, and will have more original Spring '13 Discover Great New Writers content coming to the  blog over the next few weeks -- along with 2012 Discover Awards news and conversations with alums David Abrams & Alex Gilvarry, Wiley Cash, and Emma Straub & Stuart Nadler.



Cheers, Miwa




Miwa Messer

Miwa Messer is the Director of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, which was established in 1990 to highlight works of exceptional literary quality that might otherwise be overlooked in a crowded book marketplace. Titles chosen for the program are handpicked by a select group of our booksellers four times a year. Click here for submission guidelines.


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."