A Short (Re)Introduction to the Discover Great New Writers Program

What to read?


That’s been my favorite question since childhood.

I was that kid, the one who’d settle for the back of a cereal box if she didn’t have a book nearby; the girl who wanted to live on the banks of Plum Creek (leeches and all), with Paddington at arm’s reach (despite my distaste for marmalade).

What to read: A good story well told. Other people’s stories, fictional or not, can be more than entertainment; they can expand the world, bring comfort, or simply help make sense of square circles one word at a time.

What to read: the Discover Great New Writers program has long provided answers to that question for me, even before I joined the company over a decade ago. 

This blog is a chance for me — and the B&N Booksellers who comprise the Discover Great New Writers selection committee — to help avid readers discover the next great literary talent now.

So please join us as we muse on (or sometimes bang a drum for) the books and authors we’re wild about: current and past selections, as well as other books (some new, some not) from Discover alums.



Miwa Messer

Miwa Messer is the Director of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, which was established in 1990 to highlight works of exceptional literary quality that might otherwise be overlooked in a crowded book marketplace.  Titles chosen for the program are handpicked by a select group of our booksellers four times a year.  Click here for  submission guidelines.