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.


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.