Displaying articles for: December 2013

A Peruvian Investor Walks into a Packard Plant: A Guest Post by Mark Binelli

Place is so much more than topography or social fault lines, political history and census data.  Capturing capital-P place – the soul, the machine, the people, the ethos thrumming just below the surface – is one of the most challenging aspects of the writer’s task.  But when it comes alive through vital, zig-zagging prose like Mark Binelli’s in Detroit City is the Place to Be (a Holiday 2012 Discover pick, now available in paperback, with a new afterward by the author), the results are unforgettable.  Because can't get enough of Binelli's wry reportage, he generously sent along this guest post for the Discover blog.


More Than One Story: A Guest Post by Jennifer DuBois

You think you know this story, but have you heard these voices? We were completely taken with the mix of voices that pulse through Holiday 2013 selection Cartwheel, and compel the reader through an emotionally-fraught, psychologically complex story.We’re still carrying Jennifer duBois’s characters around with us weeks later, so I asked her to riff on how she gives voice to her characters (and how she teaches her students to do the same), and this is what she said:


July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).