Displaying articles for: October 2012

Discover Great New Writers and the Texas Book Festival, October 27-28, 2012

Ben Fountain, Cheryl Strayed, and Junot Diaz are just a few of the Discover alums appearing at the Texas Book Festival this weekend in Austin, and we have the full run-down here.

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"We Call It Voice, But It’s Really Much More”: Scott Hutchins and Justin Torres in Conversation

In this smart, freewheeling conversation, Scott Hutchins, author of Fall '12 Discover pick A Working Theory of Love, and Justin Torres, author of Fall '11 Discover pick We the Animals (and newly named to the National Book Foundation's prestigious 5 Under 35 list) swap working tips and literary theory,  and riff on J. M. Coetzee and The Great Gatsby, birth order and method acting, among other things.

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"This Name Was the Signpost": A Q&A with Joe Mozingo

"My father's family landed in 1942 Los Angeles as if by immaculate conception, unburdened by the past." Joe Mozingo reveals his family's incredible -- and very American -- story in his memoir, The Fiddler on Pantico Run, and he discusses his "funny last name," the legacies of race, and how his family's own lost history speaks to us all, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.

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Discover and the 2012 National Book Awards

Congratulations are due to a host of Discover alums nominated for 2012 National Book Awards and named to the 5 Under 35 list...

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This is a Great Job: A Guest Post by Dan Josefson

I've mentioned before that I have, hands down, the best job in the book business today - but  Dan Josefson's day job comes a close second, as he explains in this guest post for the Discover blog.

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I am a Relentless Note-Taker: A Conversation with Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - a reboot of the classic quest narrative that we can't stop recommending  to readers of all ages - talks to Discover Great New Writers about being inspired by William Gibson, the differences between writing for the web and writing books, and playing in a "technological  border-zone," among other things.                    

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"Books Opened the Door Onto So Many Topics": A Conversation with Will Schwalbe

"Schwalbe has done something extraordinary: made a personal journey public in the most engaging, funny, and revealing way possible. It was a true meditation on what books can do." -- Discover alum Edmund de Waal (The Hare with Amber Eyes) on 2012 Discover pick The End of Your Life Book Club. Will Schwalbe talks to Discover Great New Writers about using books as conversational shorthand, how reading is doing something, and wanting to continue the conversation about books.

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>You Are Standing in a Dark Cave: Robin Sloan and Charles Yu in Conversation

Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and Charles Yu, author of the new story collection, Sorry Please Thank You, and 2010 Discover pick How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe talk about first-person vs. third-person narration, How Fiction Works by James Wood, and creating entirely new worlds with text, among other things.

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April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.