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Paul Howarth and Kiese Laymon are the 2018 Discover Great New Writers
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest
retail bookseller, today announced that Paul Howarth’s Only
Killers and Thieves (Harper), a timeless story of brothers, revenge,
injustice and honor, and Kiese Laymon’s Heavy (Scribner),
an unforgettable memoir of growing up with racial prejudice and violence
both at home and in the culture at large, are the winners of the 2018
Discover Awards for fiction and nonfiction, respectively. Each
writer was awarded a cash prize of $30,000 and a full year of marketing
and merchandising support from Barnes & Noble.
Second-place winners are Tommy Orange for There There (Knopf),
about the lives of Urban Native Americans, and Shane Bauer for American
Prison (Penguin Press), a ground-breaking investigation into the
private prison industry and the forces that drive it. Each writer was
awarded a $15,000 cash prize.
Third place was awarded to Fatima Farheen Mirza for A Place
for Us (SJP for Hogarth/Crown), an unforgettable story of family and
identity, and Tara Westover for Educated (Random House),
an inspirational story of a young woman who saves her own life through
her love of books and learning. Each writer received a $7,500 cash prize.
The awards were presented this afternoon at a private ceremony in New
The Discover Great New Writers Awards are presented annually in
recognition of literary excellence. The six finalists for the Discover
Great New Writers Awards were chosen by two panels of noted authors from
52 titles picked by our booksellers for the Discover Great New Writers
program in 2018.
Books by the finalists and judges can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble
store nationwide, online at BN.com/Discover
or downloaded on any NOOK® eReader or tablet.
Two panels of distinguished literary judges selected 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 (a
2002 Discover Great New Writers selection), Stormy Weather, The Color
of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and National Book Award finalist News
of the World.
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 Poets. 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.
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 is also the Elias Ghanem Chair at
the Black Mountain Institute of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
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 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: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
(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: Stories (2006);
Alison Smith for Name All the Animals (2004); Anthony Doerr for The
Shell Collector (2002); Hampton Sides for Ghost Soldiers: The
Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission (2001);
Elizabeth McCracken for The Giant’s House (1996); and Chang-Rae
Lee for Native Speaker (1995).
For more information on the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
program, customers should visit BN.com/Discover
or ask one of the knowledgeable booksellers at any Barnes & Noble store
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