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.



July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.


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).