The Surf Guru

Following up his award-winning debut novel, Alive in Necropolis, with a collection of off-kilter stories, Doug Dorst displays a sly affection for eccentrics and outlaws, including the elderly wave-rider of the title piece.

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 Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.