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Winners to be Announced at a Special Ceremony in New York City on
Wednesday, March 6
Prize Pool for Winning Writers and Finalists is More Than $100,000
with Winners Receiving a Year of Promotion from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest retail
bookseller, today announced the six finalists for its prestigious 2018
The Discover Great New Writers program, which celebrated its 25th
anniversary in 2015, recognizes great fiction and nonfiction books from
authors at the start of their careers. Since its debut, the program has
introduced readers to nearly 1,900 extraordinary literary talents, many
of whom have gone on to become household names, including Matthew
Desmond, Anthony Doerr, Elizabeth Gilbert, Zadie Smith, Cheryl Strayed,
Colson Whitehead and many more.
The six winners of the Discover Great New Writers Awards will share a
cash prize totaling $105,000 and will be announced on Wednesday, March
6, at a private awards ceremony in New York City. The top winners in
each category, fiction and nonfiction, will receive a $30,000 prize and
a full year of promotion from Barnes & Noble. Second-place finalists
will receive $15,000 each, and third-place finalists $7,500 each.
The finalists for the 2018 Discover Great New Writers Awards are:
Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth (Harper) – A
beautifully written, classic story of brothers and revenge, injustice
and honor, set in 1880s Australia.
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (SJP for
Hogarth) –At once intimate and epic, this is an unforgettable story
of family and identity, past and present, choices and consequences, home
and the outside world.
There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf) –Tommy Orange
writes about the lives of Urban Native Americans with force and
velocity, digging deep into narratives that balance between painful and
American Prison by Shane Bauer (Penguin Press) – A
ground-breaking inside investigation into the private prison industry
and the forces that drive it, told by a journalist who was legitimately
hired under his own name with no background check.
Educated by Tara Westover (Random House) – A
searing story of growing up off the grid, which becomes an inspirational
story of a young woman who saves her own life through her love of books
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon (Scribner) –
An insightful, fearless, and often very funny story of weight,
identity, art, friendship, and family that explores what a lifetime of
secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a
Books by the finalists can be purchased at all Barnes & Noble stores
nationwide and online at www.bn.com/discover.
Two panels of distinguished judges selected the finalists and will also
select the winners.
Serving as this year’s fiction judges are:
Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the
author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women,
Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News
of the World. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, TX.
Helen Simonson is the New York Times bestselling
author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (a 2010 Discover
Great New Writers selection) and The Summer Before the War.
She was born in England and spent her teenage years in a small village
near Rye, in East Sussex. A graduate of the London School of Economics
with an MFA from Stony Brook Southampton, she is a former travel
advertising executive who has lived in America for the last three
Jess Walter is the author of eight books, including the #1 New
York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, the National Book
Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince,
and the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poet. His
work has been published in 32 languages and his short fiction has won a
Pushcart Prize and appeared three times in The Best American Short
Stories yearly anthology. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his
This year’s nonfiction judges are:
Mira Jacob is the author of the graphic memoir Good Talk,
forthcoming from One World/Random House in March 2019. Her acclaimed
debut novel The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing was also a 2014
selection of the Discover Great New Writers program. Her recent work has
appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, and
BuzzFeed among other outlets.
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a journalist who is best known for her
2003 nonfiction book Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming
of Age in the Bronx. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship among
many other awards and fellowships, she will be the Elias Ghanem Chair at
the Black Mountain Institute of the University of Nevada Las Vegas
starting in February 2019.
Beth Macy is the author of the widely-acclaimed and bestselling
books Truevine and Factory Man. Based in Roanoke, Virginia
for three decades, her reporting has won more than a dozen national
awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard.
Books by the judges can be purchased at all Barnes & Noble stores
nationwide and online at www.bn.com/discover.
The Discover Awards
Since 1990, the Discover Great New Writers program has connected readers
with incredible, unforgettable stories which they may have otherwise
missed. In addition to helping customers find their next great read, the
program has helped many emerging authors find their audience.
The Discover program's selection committee is comprised of Barnes &
Noble booksellers from across the company and around the country. They
are voracious readers who meet weekly throughout the year to look for
compelling voices, extraordinary writing and indelible stories from
literary talents at the start of their careers.
Fifty-two books were handpicked for the program in 2018 from the
more than 1,000 submissions from publishers of all sizes, and from
these, the judges select the shortlist and the winners of the Discover
Awards in 2018.
Past winners of the annual Discover Great New Writers Award include:
Patty Yumi Cottrell for Sorry to Disrupt the Peace and Jessica
Bruder for Nomadland (both 2017); Matthew Desmond for Evicted:
Poverty and Profit in the American City and Abby Geni for The
Lightkeepers (both 2016); Mia Alvar for In the Country: Stories
and Jill Leovy for Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
(both 2015); Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing (2014); Anthony
Marra for A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and Justin St.
Germain for Son of a Gun (both 2013); Cheryl Strayed for Wild
and Amanda Coplin for The Orchardist (both 2012); Joshua Ferris
for Then We Came to the End (2007); Ben Fountain for Brief
Encounters with Che Guevara (2006); Alison Smith for Name All the
Animals (2004); Anthony Doerr for The Shell Collector (2002);
Hampton Sides for Ghost Soldiers (2001); Elizabeth McCracken for The
Giant’s House (1996); and Chang-Rae Lee for Native Speaker
For more information on the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
program, customers should visit www.bn.com/discover
or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at any Barnes & Noble store
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