In his spirited, darkly funny debut novel, Adam Wilson introduces soft-bellied slacker Eli Schwartz, whose couch-potato life is upended when wheelchair-bound former TV star Seymour J. Kahn rolls through and tucks Eli under his peculiar wing. Perverse, subversive, and hilariously outrageous, the book delivers memorable characters, a rollicking plot, and a new voice that comes across as anything but flat.

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

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.