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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 from writers early in their careers. Titles chosen for the program are handpicked by a select group of our booksellers four times a year. Click here for submission guidelines.

“No Pressure, Right?” Lenora Chu in Conversation with Michael Levy

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“No Pressure, Right?” Lenora Chu in Conversation with Michael Levy

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An educational talk with the author of "Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve."
Almost Anything Can Grow Lighter: Heather Harpham in Conversation with Bret Anthony Johnston

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Almost Anything Can Grow Lighter: Heather Harpham in Conversation with Bret Anthony Johnston

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The author of the new memoir "Happiness" talks with Bret Anthony Johnston about her journey along a "crooked little road to semi-ever after."
Lisa Ko on Immigration and the Inspiration for “The Leavers”

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Lisa Ko on Immigration and the Inspiration for “The Leavers”

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The author of than award-winning debut talks with Kaitlyn Greenidge about how we see (and don't see) the immigrant body.
Announcing the Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers Picks

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Announcing the Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers Picks

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The committee has made its selections: get an early look at these exciting works of fiction and nonfiction from new voices.
Emma Cline on the Dark Side of Girl Power

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Emma Cline on the Dark Side of Girl Power

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The author of the bestseller "The Girls" talks with editor Kate Medina on her gripping novel and writing about "a moment where you have excitement or power over your own life in a world that...
Overcoming Invisibility: Mychal Denzel Smith in Conversation with Melissa Harris-Perry

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Overcoming Invisibility: Mychal Denzel Smith in Conversation with Melissa Harris-Perry

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"If we're actually invested in this idea of freedom, if we're actually invested in a politics of liberation, how are we going to leave people out?" The author of "Invisible Man, Got the Whole...
Rumaan Alam: Not the Book They Expected

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Rumaan Alam: Not the Book They Expected

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The author of the new novel "Rich and Pretty" talks with Mira Jacob about writing against expectations and creating characters who have lives of their own.
“You Want to Know You Have a Home”: Eddie Huang on “Double Cup Love”

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“You Want to Know You Have a Home”: Eddie Huang on “Double Cup Love”

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The author of the new memoir "Double Cup Love" talks about courtship, travel, cooking in China and the paradox of the immigrant experience.
“Sort of Irresistible:” Emma Straub and Meg Wolitzer on “Modern Lovers”

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“Sort of Irresistible:” Emma Straub and Meg Wolitzer on “Modern Lovers”

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The author of "Modern Lovers" talks with the writer of "The Interestings" about the secrets to writing sparkling comic fiction.
Everybody is an Outsider: Helen Simonson on “The Summer Before the War”

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Everybody is an Outsider: Helen Simonson on “The Summer Before the War”

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The author of "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" talks about her new novel with award-winning writer Elizabeth Strout....
With Her Still: Tom Hart Remembers His Daughter in “Rosalie Lightning”

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With Her Still: Tom Hart Remembers His Daughter in “Rosalie Lightning”

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"I saw our story everywhere." Cartoonist Tom Hart talks about the creation of his heartbreaking graphic memoir "Rosalie Lightning."
Our Eviction Epidemic: Matthew Desmond and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

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Our Eviction Epidemic: Matthew Desmond and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

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The author of "Evicted" talks about his new book and how a wave of home loss is altering America, perhaps permanently. A conversation with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc.