Displaying articles for: July 2013

Baseball is Made for Stories: A Conversation with Lucas Mann

As much a history of a Midwestern town and a character study of its residents,  Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere (a Summer '13 Discover pick), is a book about baseball, fandom, fathers and sons, sports mythology, and ultimately about America, told in a open, honest, wry voice.  Lucas Mann discusses his own history with baseball, the people he met while writing Class A, and loving literary nonfiction "because it's so full of possibilities," among many other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


In Many Ways Fiction is More Truthful Than Textbook History: A Q&A with Kristiana Kahakauwila

Kristiana Kahakauwila, author of the earthy and emotionally resonant story collection, This is Paradise (Discover Summer '13),  discusses the challenges of writing short stories, how Hawai'i's history and variations of pidgin vernacular inform her work, and how her research took her to a Nebraska City ranch in January, among other things, 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…

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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.