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 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.