Displaying articles for: April 2013

Good News All Around: Awards News for Discover and B&N Recommends Alumni

Last week was a very good week for Discover Great New Writers and B&N Recommends Alumni, starting with the Pulitzers on Monday and wrapping up with the Los Angeles Times on Friday...


"By writing, I was able to tolerate remembering": A Conversation with Sonali Deraniyagala

Sonali Deraniyagala's memoir, Wave, a Spring '13 selection, is an impossible book to forget.  She discusses how what started as writing for herself (at her therapist's suggestion) turned into writing a memoir, her fear of details, and how being out in the wilderness, in "vast and wild places" has helped her, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


"A Voice Inside Nagged": A Guest Post from Dina Nayeri

While A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea (Discover, Spring '13) is Dina Nayeri's first novel, writing isn't her first career, as she explains in this guest post for the Discover blog.


Regret is a Waste of Time: A Conversation with Domenica Ruta

Domenica Ruta, author of the critically-acclaimed memoir With or Without You (Spring '13) discusses the books that inspired her as a child (though she wanted to be a figure skater/surgeon, not a writer, at the time), the differences between writing fiction and memoir, and "the alchemy of art " with Discover Great New Writers.


April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.