Announcing the Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers Picks

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Since 1990, the booksellers who sit on our Discover Great New Writers selection committee have been on the hunt to find the best and the brightest, the next great storyteller (fiction or nonfiction) that they can’t stop talking about, the books that they can’t wait to get into the hands of another reader. Male and female; twenty-something, and (shall we say) something-more-than-twenty-something; based in cities and suburbs across the country, these booksellers review roughly 1,000 submissions each year from publishers of all sizes, and from that pool, select roughly 50 to feature in the Discover Great New Writers program. Our archive of previous Discover Great New Writers selections is here, and the archive of Discover Award winners here. Discover’s archive on the B&N Review is here.

Our booksellers have found our first 22 picks for 2017, and we can’t wait until January to share them with you. Look for more on all of these extraordinary books on The B&N Review in the coming weeks.

Kayla Ray Whitaker The Animators: A Novel

 

 

 

 

Katherine Arden  The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel

 

 

 

 

Thi Bui The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

 

 

 

Natalie C. Anderson City of Saints & Thieves

 

 

 

 

Caite Dolan-Leach Dead Letters

 

 

 

 

Michael Farris Smith Desperation Road

 

 

 

 

Leah Carroll Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder

 

 

 

Vivek Shanbhag Ghachar Ghochar

 

 

 

John Freeman Gill The Gargoyle Hunters

 

 

 

 

Emily Fridlund History of Wolves

 

 

 

 

Melissa Fleming A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

 

 

 

 

Emily Ruskovich Idaho: A Novel

 

 

 

 

Kristen Radtke Imagine Wanting Only This

 

 

 

Jason Rekulak The Impossible Fortress

 

 

 

 

Bill Hayes Insomniac City

 

 

 

 

Julie Buntin Marlena: A Novel

 

 

 

 

Lindsey Lee Johnson The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Powell Watts No One Is Coming to Save Us

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Schuman Schadenfreude: A Love Story

 

 

 

 

Patty Yumi Cottrell Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

 

 

 

 

Shannon Leone Fowler Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir

 

 

 

 

Tom McAllister The Young Widower’s Handbook: A Novel