Displaying articles for: February 2012

Discover Alum Edward St. Aubyn Upstairs at the Square

Edward St. Aubyn, author of At Last, and the 2004 Discover selection Some Hope, shares the Upstairs at the Square stage with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, whose latest album is The Graduation Ceremony.


Alumni News: Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer's delightful first book, Proust was a Neuroscientist, was a 2007 selection of the Discover Great New Writers program , and now his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works (on sale 3/19/12) is the first nonfiction selection of the B&N Recommends program.


"Always, there was music": A Playlist from Alex George

We asked Alex George for a sampling of some of the music he listened to while writing A Good American, and this is what he said...


Once Upon a Time in Alaska: The Snow Child

"If Willa Cather and Gabriel García Marquez had collaborated on a book, The Snow Child would be it."


-- Robert Goolrick, author of A Reliable Wife and The End of the World as We Know It, a 2007 Discover pick


Spring 2012 Discover pick Suzzy Roche Upstairs at the Square with Lucy Wainwright Roche

The author of Spring 2012 Discover selection Wayward Saints shares the Upstairs at the Square stage with her daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche.


Dislocations: Lysley Tenorio's Stories

"The stories in Monstress announce the debut of an electric literary talent. Brilliantly quirky, often moving, always gorgeously told, these are tales of bighearted misfits who yearn for their authentic selves with extraordinary passion and grace."


-- Chang-rae Lee, winner of the 1994 Discover Award for Native Speaker


Growing Up Under the Shadow of Grief: Claire Bidwell Smith

This searingly honest memoir about one woman's rocky adolescence defined by loss -- with all its attendant rage, regret, and desperation -- and her subsequent search for home is a Spring 2012 Discover selection.


An Englishman and His Novel: A Good American

"I started the book with one simple overarching aim: to tell a really good story."


-- Alex George, in an exclusive Q&A posted to bn.com


Discover Archive: Mumbai

"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, in an exclusive Q&A posted to bn.com


Discover Great New Writers Spring 2012

Here are the 15 titles you'll find on the shelves in the Discover Great New Writers bay for the Spring 2012 season, which starts today and runs through 4/30/12.


The Discover Archive: Rwanda

Discover alum William Boyd's Washington Post review of Spring 2012 Discover pick Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron sent me to the bookcases at home, an informal archive of Discover selections (among other things)...


Announcing the 2011 Discover Great New Writers Award Shortlist (Fiction and Nonfiction)

[Drumroll, please...] The 2o11 Discover Great New Writers Award shortlist, chosen by our esteemed judges, and presented in alphabetical order by title.


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 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.