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

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