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 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…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.