Displaying articles for: April 2012

From the Discover Archives: Karl Marlantes and Matterhorn

Two years ago this month, readers and reviewers across the country were embracing Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes's epic, indelible novel of the Vietnam war.  The Discover Great New writers program had a hand in bringing Matterhorn's original publisher, El Leon Literary Arts of Berkeley, together with the venerable Grove/Atlantic, and...

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"The South Has Always Been a Great Source of Mystery": An Interview with Wiley Cash

This thrilling story of religious frenzy and its consequences in a small town is a remarkably assured work whose brilliantly voiced characters make it hard to believe this is author Wiley Cash's debut novel.   Cash shares his thoughts on Southern literature and adolescent poetry, among other things, here.

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What to Read? Glen Finland Recommends

Glen Finland, author of the disarmingly honest and witty Summer 2012 Discover selection Next Stop: A Memoir of Family, shares her eclectic list of books she frequently recommends.

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"Love Threatened by History": A Conversation with Aria Minu-Sepehr

By turns poignant and impassioned, Aria Minu-Sepehr's eloquent memoir, We Heard the Heavens Then, a Summer 2012 Discover Great New writers selection, captures the calamitous effects of political and social change on his family -- and their beloved country -- after the 1979 overthrow of the Shah, revealing a world rarely seen by outsiders. Here Minu-Sepehr talks about a childhood shaped by revolution, Iranian society, and more.

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"I wrote this book as if I was solving a puzzle": A Conversation with Laurent Binet, author of HHhH

One of the Discover selection committee members calls Laurent Binet's HHhH "a jaw dropping high wire act of a novel." Winner of the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman, HHhH is Binet's American debut, and a Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection.

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West Coast Discoveries: A Festive Report

Ismet Prcic, author of Holiday 2011 pick Shards, wins Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction at the 2012 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and more...

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What to Read? Ben Fountain Recommends

In advance of his highly-anticipated, darkly comedic, poignant novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain-- winner of the 2006 Discover Award (first place, fiction) for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara -- writes about 3 books he frequently recommends (plus a surprise bonus pick).

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True in Any Language: A Guest Post from Translator Lola Rogers

Dreams and secrets are revealed through alternating voices fom one family's present and past in True (Discover, Summer 2012), a poignant family drama by Finnish Writer Riikka Pulkkinen. In a guest post, the novel's translator, Lola Rogers, tells us what drew her to this lyrical, melancholic novel about love and the nature of truth.

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"The newspaper novel has a genre all of its own." A Conversation with Annalena McAfee

Self-professed "recovering journalist" Annalena McAfee talks about her very, very funny first novel, The Spoiler, a sharp satire and Summer 2012 Discover selection -- and recommends a lost novel recently republished in the U. S.

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Listen Up! A Playlist from Wiley Cash, Author of A Land More Kind Than Home

"I was desperately homesick for North Carolina the moment I left in 2003, but I found that I could return home whenever I sat down to write or opened a book by one of my favorite North Carolina authors. Music does the same thing for me; it takes me back. I wrote A Land More Kind Than Home with my favorite Southern musicians in the background, and these are the songs I listened to." -- Wiley Cash

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Faith and its Manifestations: A Conversation with Francesca Kay

Francesca's Kay's Spring 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection, The Translation of the Bones, was longlisted for the UK's Orange Prize for fiction, and we're posting an exclusive Q&A in advance of the longlist anouncement tomorrow.

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"What Would You Do to Save Yourself?": A Conversation with Charlotte Rogan, Author of The Lifeboat

Charlotte Rogan, author of the Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection The Lifeboat, answers some questions about her book -- and tells us what she's recently added to her personal reading "Life List" a.k.a. "Books That Knocked My Socks Off" -- all of which we're sharing here.

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On Voice: Four Debut Novels from Women Writers

Four sometime quirky -- but always striking -- narrative voices  from the last three seasons of the Discover Great New Writers program.

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What to Read? Lysley Tenorio Recommends

"For readers who shy away from short stories on the grounds that they're often quiet or uneventful, lacking the depth of character or range of tone of novels, Tenorio might make a convert of you." -- The San Francisco Chronicle

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"Each story comes from a million places": A Conversation with Rajesh Parameswaran

"Stories that are savagely funny, stories that haunt and sear and stun, stories so original they defy categorization -- above all, stories generously laden with sheer reading pleasure: I Am an Executioner is a brilliant and spellbinding collection." -- Manil Suri, author of The Death of Vishnu, winner of First Place for Fiction at the 2001 Discover Awards.

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Discover Alumni News: Alexander Masters

Alexander Masters, author of the 2006 Discover pick and NBCC finalist for biography, Stuart: A Life Backwards, returns with a new tale of English eccentricity, "writt[en] with uncanny delight and wonder." (Kirkus Reviews)

 

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"What is it like to lose everything?": Stephen Dau and The Book of Jonas

"We live in a culture that is extraordinarily good at categorizing people. Soldier. Mother. Terrorist. In the context of public discourse, these labels are applied and we are then expected to stop thinking. We are led to believe that if we can categorize someone, we immediately know the core of that person's existence." -- Stephen Dau, author of Spring 2012 Discover selection, The Book of Jonas

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What to Read? Joe Blair Recommends

We asked Joe Blair, author of the Spring 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection, By the Iowa Sea: A Memoir, to tell us about three books he frequently recommends, and this is what he said.

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The Writing Life : Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat (Discover, Summer 2012)

"Charlotte Rogan does not have the impeccable résumé of the typical precocious and talked-about writer. She has not attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, or lived in Brooklyn, or been chosen as one of “5 Under 35”— or under any age, for that matter."  Julie Bosman on Charlotte Rogan, author of Summer 2012 Discover pick, The Lifeboat, in The New York Times

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What I Know: A Guest Post by Claire Bidwell Smith

Claire Bidwell Smith, grief counselor and author of the Spring 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection The Rules of Inheritance on losing a peer.

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A Conversation with Glen Finland, Author of Next Stop: A Family Memoir (Discover, Summer 2012)

"I'd like to think I have pulled a few readers into a different world and given them a connection they'll want to keep to a better understanding of autism.... It would be nice to think that the image of David as a regular guy might linger awhile. Maybe then we could start to change the conversation about autism, to move away from causes and cures and blessings and blame, because the truth is, the real lives of autistic young adults are very nuanced, just like yours and mine." -- Glen Finland, author of Next Stop: A Memoir of Family (Discover, Summer 2012)

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July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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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.

Pastoral

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).