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 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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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.