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...


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.

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

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.