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.

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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.

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July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

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

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

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).