Displaying articles for: January 2013

Does Seeing Your Roommate Weep Help Dry Your Own Tears? A Conversation with Wiley Cash 2

Spend more than a couple of minutes talking with the talented, down-to-earth, and very funny Wiley Cash, author of  the critically-acclaimed 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection, A Land More Kind Than Home, and, well, it’s no surprise that his storytelling is mature and thoughtful. So here's Wiley on learning how to tell stories and handle literary rejections,  what the characters he creates teach him about normal people, and answering an age-old question: Does seeing your roommate weep help dry your own tears?  Interview by Michael Jauchen for the Discover Blog.

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2013 Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners Announced

Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan has been awarded the John Newbery Medal for "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." 

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Where I Saw Tragedy, I Also Saw the Absurd: David Abrams and Alex Gilvarry in Conversation

Funny is powerful stuff in literature, but easy to botch. So funny done well – funny with a soul, the potent, arm-whack-you-have-to-hear-this, new-image-tattooed-on-the-back-of-the-brain kind of funny, provocative funny -- always gets the attention of the Discover selection committee readers. David Abrams (Fobbit) and Alex Gilvarry (From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant) have created darkly comic novels, easily read as companion pieces, that compelled our readers to think long and hard about war and death, race and human rights. David and Alex discuss what they learned at the movies, the literature of war, and satire’s reverberations, among other things, on the Discover blog.

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The Apocalypse Ocean

What's a talented writer to do when he's got new stories to set in a thoughtfully imagined world, fans are clamoring for an extension of a beloved series -- and the traditional publishing route to continuing the cycle is closed?  Just a couple of decades or so ago, the answer to that question would have been simple: slink off into the sunset and develop a serious drinking habit. But nowadays the Internet and the spread of ebooks offers many a route to continued storytelling.

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What We Do in Their Wake: A Guest Post by Jonathan Katz

Donations -- of cash, emergency rations, manpower and medical supplies -- surged into Haiti in the wake  of the devastating earthquake in January 2010. But almost 3 years later, those donations have yet to improve the lives of many of the intended recipients. Former AP Correspondent Jonathan M. Katz was the only full-time American reporter on the ground wen the quake hit, and he explains how and why the best laid plans went awry in Spring '13 Discover pick, The Big Truck That Went By - and in this guest post on the Discover blog.

 

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."