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.

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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:

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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

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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.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."