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 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.