Meet the 2011 Discover Great New Writers Award Judges (Nonfiction)

Dear Readers,

Yesterday we introduced you to our three judges for fiction, and today we’re following up with our notable judges for Nonfiction.

Marie Arana is a Writer-at-Large at The Washington Post, and sits on the board of The National Book Festival, Washington, D.C. The daughter of a Peruvian father and an American mother, she is the author of two novels, Cellophane and Lima Nights, and a memoir, American Chica, which was a Discover selection and a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001.  She is currently at work on a biography of Simón Bolívar.


John Freeman is the editor of Granta magazine, and a former president of the National Book Critics Circle. His criticism has appeared in the Guardian, The New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. His first book, The Tyranny of E-mail, was a Discover selection in 2009.  He lives in New York and London.

Koren Zailckas was 23 when she wrote the international bestseller and 2005 Discover selection, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, an unapologetically candid and extremely controversial account of her experiences as an underage drinker.  The book sparked a national conversation about teenagers and alcohol, earning her literary praise, igniting talk show debates and helping to change national policy.  Her most recent book is Fury: A Memoir.  She lives with her family in the Catskills.

We’ll post the shortlist here with comments from our judges on 2/1; Two winners (fiction and nonfiction) will each receive $10,000 from Barnes and Noble at a private event in New York on March 7th.

Cheers, Miwa


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.

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