Displaying articles for: November 2012

"I threw Away the Clowns..and Started Over." A Q&A with Diana Wagman

Diana Wagman, author of Holiday 2012 pick The Care & Feeding of Exotic Pets discusses starting over, being drawn to stories of endurance and survival, and finding liberation and inspiration as a writer in Los Angeles - among other things - with Discover Great New Writers.




"I Needed to at Least Try to Depict the Spider at the Center of the Web": A Q&A with Dan Josefson

Dan Josefson, author of the Fall 2012 pick That's Not a Feeling, discusses his debut novel and more with Discover Great New Writers.


"I'm Looking for Resonant Stories": A Conversation with Katherine Boo

"...We can talk all we want about how corruption or indifference robs people of opportunity-of the immense talent our societies squander-but if we don't really grasp the intelligences of those who are being denied, we're not going to grasp the potential that's being lost." -- Katherine Boo


“Narrowing the Distance between ‘Our’ and ‘Their’" A Guest Post by Joanna Luloff

Joanna Luloff, author of the Holiday 2012 selection The Beach at Galle Road reflects on the influences on her debut story collection, "a kaleidoscope of vantage points, offering reflection not only on the Sri Lankan civil war, but on the always shifting understanding of home and family, of connection and dislocation, of the past’s weight on the present."


Announcing Our Holiday 2012 Discover Great New Writers Selections

The Holiday 2012 Discover Great New Writers season begins today, and for the first time in a long while, our narrative nonfiction selections – a mix of memoir and reportage -- outnumber fiction.



"The Way We Choose to Cook Will Also Determine How We Live."

Bee Wilson, author of Holiday 2012 pick Consider the Fork discusses the "single greatest improvement ever to occur in kitchen technology", the one item cooks tell her they really love, and the graphic novel her teenage son convinced her to read, among many other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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.