Displaying articles for: September 2012

"There is No One Main Character: A Conversation with Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter, author of the Fall '12 Discover pick In Between Days - discusses starting points, the differences between writing short stories and novels, and how his characters informed the plot of his luminous debut novel, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


"Shouting Through the Megaphone": Accolades for David Abrams and Fobbit

"Beautifully planned and perfectly executed." "Hilarious." "Delightful, readable, believable." "Funny and evocative." "An impressive debut." Just some of what people are saying about David Abrams and his novel, Fobbit.


On Accidental Adventures: A Guest Post by Charlotte Gill

"...Even now I'm not prone to extreme expeditions. I'm more comfortable in a cardigan than in a survival suit. I'd rather cook dinner than climb a mountain. And yet that's exactly what I did for almost twenty years, day after day, in spite of my natural inclinations. Planting trees was my day job while I was learning to write. But certainly there are better ways to make a living..." Charlotte Gill on planting trees, learning to write, and living in a world where "beauty and discomfort existed in equal measure" in a guest post for the Discover blog.


On Bookselling: A Guest Post by Emma Straub

"The booksellers I've met in the last few years, both here and elsewhere, at stores large and small, are without exception bright, passionate, book-eating people. I think of booksellers as emissaries of higher truths, of beauty and wisdom and humor and, above all, pleasure." Novelist -- and bookseller -- Emma Straub riffs on the pleasures of putting books in readers' hands in a guest post.


From the Discover Archives: Junot Díaz

Highlights from the media's coverage of Junot Díaz and his newest story collection, This is How You Lose Her.


"Write What You Know": An Original Essay by Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar's acclaimed debut novel, American Dervish - a Spring 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection - is now available in paperback, and we're republishing "Write What You Know", an original essay he wrote that previously ran as a More in Store feature on Nook.


From the Discover Archives: Héctor Tobar Recommends

Héctor Tobar, author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Barbarian Nurseries -- a Holiday 2011 Discover Great New Writers selection now out in paperback -- recommends 3 great reads


"Lost Work": A Guest Post by Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter shares the story behind his provocative, gorgeously-written novel, In Between Days (a Fall 2012 pick) with Discover Great New Writers.


What Was Behind That Facade?: A Conversation with Emma Straub

In Emma Straub's novel Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, a Fall 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection, we watch as Elsa Emerson of Door County, Wisconsin evolves into Laura Lamont, Movie Star.  Emma discusses transformation, the glamour of Old Hollywood, and  Megan Mayhew Bergman's Spring 2011 Discover pick, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, 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.