The Violinist's Thumb

Sam Kean's bestseller The Disappearing Spoon romped through the Periodic Table in a compulsively readable history of chemical discoveries. In The Violinist's Thumb -- a reference to the genetic quirk that helped make Paganini's playing legendary -- the writer unveils the mysteries of DNA to equally magical effect.

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.