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...

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"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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangledeshi mathematician and the haunting crime he's committed barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and ravaged Afghanistan with vinegar-steeped prose recalling the best of George Orwell and Joseph Conrad.

The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

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.