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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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“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.

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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...

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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…

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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.