Displaying articles for: June 2013

Secretly Writing Little Novels: a Conversation with Rebecca Lee

Ben Fountain isn't the only reader recommending Rebecca Lee's magnificent Bobcat & Other Stories, a Summer 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.  Lee discusses being "very drawn to the long short story", redemption, the true pleasure of reading and writing, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


Emotions Bled Through, Almost Unexpectedly: Dennis Mahoney & Kate Southwood (Part 2)

In part 2 of a wide-ranging and highly entertaining conversation Dennis Mahoney (Fellow Mortals) and Kate Southwood (Falling to Earth) talked about the kinds of stories they tend to gravitate towards, reading like a novelist, and writing what you need to write.




Emotions Bled Through, Almost Unexpectedly: Dennis Mahoney & Kate Southwood (Part 1)

Dennis Mahoney’s and Kate Southwood’s debut novels, Fellow Mortals and Falling to Earth (both Spring '13 selections),would make a perfect box set: gorgeously written, similar in theme and tone, thoughtful and provocative. They talk about the distinction between the tragic and tragedy, giving their characters privacy, and which comes first:  the story itself or the emotions behind it, in part 1 of a wide-ranging and highly entertaining conversation.


“I First Learned of My Father’s Plane Crash from the Jerusalem Post” A Q&A with Carol Shaben

Into the Abyss is what we refer to as a 1 AM read: impossible to put down, worth losing sleep to finish.  Carol Shaben has done an extraordinary job of reporting the stories of four men – the pilot, a police officer and the criminal he was handcuffed to, and the author’s father -- who survived a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. She discusses why she was inspired to write the book, her research and responsibility she felt to the survivors and their family members, and paying homage to her father and his remarkable life, here on the Discover blog.


BEA Took Over Our Lives Last Week, but At Least We Were Taking Notes

After a terrific week of events surounding BEA, we're back on the beam with a riff on forthcoming titles from Discover alumni...


July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.