Displaying articles for: January 2014

Second Language: A Guest Post by Jennifer Percy

We’re still talking about Jennifer Percy’s striking debut, Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism in the Discover reading room, months after we knew it had made the cut for our Spring 2014 list. We’re terrifically pleased to run “Second Language”, an original guest post by Jennifer, followed by a conversation in which she discusses the language of trauma – and hauntings – and the book that stands as a reminder that, as Jennifer says, nonfiction “can and should be held to the same literary standards as fiction”, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers


"We Are All—Every One of Us—Unreliable Narrators": Alethea Black and Mary Miller in Conversation

Mary Miller (The Last Days of California, Discover Spring '14)  and Alethea Black ( I Knew You'd Be Lovely, Discover Spring '11) cover similar territory in their writing: with indelible voices, their characters long for connection, and look to be understood -- and understand their places in the world.  In this far-ranging conversation for the Discover blog, Miller and Black discuss starting their writing careers later in life; the differences between writing long form fiction vs. short stories, and for an adult audience vs. a YA audience; and how shifting a story’s POV can electrify it, among many, many other things.


July 29: On this day in 1878 Don Marquis was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).