Displaying articles for: August 2012

"What Makes Anyone Take on an Adventure Like This?": A Conversation with Charlotte Gill

I have the best job in the world, but Charlotte Gill's exuberant and stylish Eating Dirt, a Fall 2012 Discover selection, made me want to drop everything, ditch NYC, and head out into the wilderness -- and I'm hardly the only selection committee reader who felt that way. Charlotte discusses planting trees, writing about natural history, and wanting to be transported by fiction, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


Discover Great New Writers in the News

Highlights from the media's coverage of Fall (and Summer) 2012 Discover Great New Writers selections.


"We Need the Landscape": A Conversation with Amanda Coplin

Amanda Coplin discusses writing about the natural world, the evolution of central Washington State's landscape, and how loss and longing inform The Orchardist's narrative, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


Faith, Family, Fiction: Ayad Akhtar and Maria Semple in Conversation

Two of our favorite authors, Ayad Akhtar (American Dervish) and Maria Semple (Where'd You Go, Bernadette) speak with one another about the joys (and limitations) of family, what writing novels demands, and keeping perspective, among other things.


"Sleep is So Easy to Put Off": A Conversation with David K. Randall

David K. Randall, author of the Fall 2012 pick Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep, discusses his inspiration for writing the book, what scientists are just now learning about sleep, and how dreaming fits into the science of sleep, among other things with Discover Great New Writers.


"Books Were My Teachers": A Conversation with Vaddey Ratner

Vaddey Ratner, author of the Fall 2012 selection In the Shadow of  the Banyan, discusses why she chose fiction over memoir to tell her family's story and her incredibly broad range of literary influences, among other things with Discover Great New Writers.


From the Discover Archives: Katie Kitamura Recommends 3 Great Reads

Katie Kitamura, author of Gone to the Forest and the '09 Discover pick The Longshot recommends 3 great reads.


"Comedy is Born Out of Strong Characters": A Conversation with Maria Semple

Maria Semple, the author of the superbly witty & equally wise Fall 2012 Discover pick Where'd You Go, Bernadette? discusses the undeniable appeal of reading other people's mail, the differences between writing a novel and writing for TV, recognizing glimmers of comedy in her own misery, and a writer "whose sentences are so beautiful it almost hurts  to read them" with Discover Great New Writers.



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 Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

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.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.