Displaying articles for: March 2013

The Past Won Over the Present: A Guest Post by Kate Southwood

Kate Southwood, author of Spring '13 selection Falling to Earth, tells readers why she chose to set her debut novel in the 1920s in a guest post for the Discover blog.

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The Story Came to Me Whole, As All Stories Do: A Conversation with Taiye Selasi

"The story came to me "whole," as all stories do...A crushing heartbreak, a six-month writer's block, and a rather impulsive move to Rome later, I finished a novel that told a story I already knew, had always known." Taiye Selasi, author of the spectacular Ghana Must Go (Discover Spring '13), discusses the books and music that inspire her, what fiction can do that essays cannot, and why she's so drawn to travelers' tales with Discover Great New Writers.

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I Got Caught Up in the Atmosphere & the Language: A Conversation with Kate Atkinson

Tess Taylor interviews Kate Atkinson, author of the newest B&N Recommends selection, Life After Life (on sale 4/2/13) as well as the book group favorite, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and the Jackson Brodie series of novels.  Her fans include our booksellers as well as bestselling authors Gillian Flynn and Stephen King.

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What to Read? Amanda Coplin Recommends

Amanda Coplin, author of The Orchardist  (fiction winner, 2012 Discover Awards), tell us about the three books she frequently recommends: Here's her list, with her "Just read it! You won't be sorry!" pick, a devastating novel about identity from Virginia Woolf, and a "deeply intelligent, generous, and kind" collection of essays about the art of writing (and more).

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What to Read? Cheryl Strayed Recommends

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild  (nonfiction winner, 2012 Discover Awards), tells us about the books she's  frequently recommending these days, and here's her take on two memoirs -- one that "provides much needed dimension and insight into the national conversation about immigration," and another from a writer she describes as "daring, blunt, distinctive" -- and two collections of oral histories that make her feel "altered for the better every time [she] read[s] them."

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What to Read? Karen Thompson Walker Recommends

Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Age of Miracles (2rd place, fiction, 2012 Discover Awards), tells us about the three books she frequently recommends, including a "wise and intimate" memoir  about female friendship, a melancholic novel translated from the Chinese, and a "foolproof" recommendation.    

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What to Read? Katherine Boo Recommends

Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers (2rd place, nonfiction, 2012 Discover Awards), tells us about the three books she frequently recommends, including a May publication she can't wait to discuss with other readers, landmark work of narrative nonfiction set in the Bronx, and the novel that made her ask, "How can a short, biting book manage to contain so much of the world?"

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What to Read? Eowyn Ivey Recommends

Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child (3rd place, fiction, 2012 Discover Awards), tells us about the three books she's recommending these days  -- including a novel that had her "gasping in horror and laughing out loud," a book that made her "reflect on how we can push the edges of form," and a poetry collection kept close to her desk at home.

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What to Read? Kristen Iversen Recommends

Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden (3rd place, nonfiction, 2012 Discover Awards), recommends three modern classics  -- including the book that made her want to be a writer, storytelling with "remarkable muscle and flexibility", and one that gave Iversen the "raw courage" needed to tell the story that became Full Body Burden.

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I View Readers as Participants: Mohsin Hamid on Writing in the Second Person

We've been serious fans of Mohsin Hamid's work since his debut novel, Mothsmoke, was selected for the Discover Great New Writers program in 2000.  His second novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was a 2007 B&N Recommends selection, and is now a film by Mira Nair, staring Keifer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber and Riz Ahmed.  Like The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Hamid’s third novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, (out on March 5th) is written with the immediate intimacy and underlying urgency of the second person POV -- a device not often seen in modern literature (and not often done well when it is).  We asked Mohsin what drew him back to the second person perspective, and this is what he told Discover Great New Writers.

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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…

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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.