Precious Objects

Alicia Oltuski's first-hand account of New York City's diamond district is engrossing, even if you've never stopped to wonder how those precious stones travel from South African mines to the ring fingers of brides-to-be.  Documenting the centuries-old link between Jewish families and the diamond trade, her book blends ancient, near-ritualistic practices with the twenty-first-century practicalities of commerce.

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.