[Tap, tap]: The Summer 2013 Discover Great New Writers Season begins May 7th

Dear Reader,



Our Summer  2013 Discover Great New Writers season -- featuring  14 titles carefully chosen from hundreds of submissions -- begins Tuesday, May 7th.  By turns exhilarating and heartbreaking, lyrical and thought-provoking, these are the impressive short story collections, inspirational true stories, and the dazzling novels that the Discover selection committee members couldn't stop talking about.


 Some of these titles are available now, and the rest are landing in the coming days.


 Story Collections:


Bobcat & Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

The Peripatetic Coffin & Other Stories by Ethan Rutherford

This is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila


Nonfiction & Memoir:


Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann

Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben

Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett

The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne


Dazzling, Ambitious Novels:


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Magnificent Joe by James Wheatley

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo


We've so much more to say about all of these tremendous books, and will have more original Summer '13 Discover Great New Writers content coming to the  blog over the next few weeks.



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.

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