Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers program has announced the 15 titles on its fall 2015 list. The selection committee is comprised of B&N booksellers whom the company described as "voracious readers who meet weekly throughout the year to look for compelling voices, extraordinary writing, and indelible stories from literary talents at the start of their careers."
Each of the titles will receive at least 12 weeks of promotion in stores, online and on Nook devices, beginning with the book's pub date. The 60 or so books chosen for the program during the year are eligible for the annual Discover Awards, which give $35,000 to six winners whose books will receive an additional year of promotion in stores, online and on Nook devices.
The fall 2015 list:
The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore (Doubleday). "A wildly entertaining (and sometimes poignant) story that follows an overachieving, perfect-on-the-surface family as it falls apart--and comes back together."
After the Parade by Lori Ostlund (Scribner). "A Midwesterner transplanted to San Francisco, sensitive, self-conscious, searches for freedom and peace, told in achingly beautiful prose and with a gentle touch."
And West Is West by Ron Childress (Algonquin). "A thoughtful and provocative debut novel that questions the human costs of modern life as we move closer and closer to living at the speed of light."
The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life by Sarah L. Kaufman (Norton). "An insightful and fun exploration of the wonder--and science--of grace,that we can't wait to give to friends and family."
Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes (Riverhead). "A fearless, funny debut story collection about the lives of young women and our messy, modern world."
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, M.D. (Picador). "Memoir at its finest: beautifully composed, firmly anchored to a larger world, engaging, accessible, and profound."
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf). "Electric storytelling that sizzles and pops--and reminds us exactly why we love to lose ourselves in big books."
Home Is Burning: A Memoir by Dan Marshall (Flatiron Books). "This hilarious, profane, and heartbreaking story of a madcap family's struggles with catastrophic illness had us laughing out loud and quietly crying on all kinds of public transportation."
The Incarnations by Susan Barker (Touchstone). "A seductive page-turner about reincarnation and soul mates that cuts across China's sweeping history and literary canon."
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin (St. Martin's Press). "A poignant and ultimately uplifting novel that traces the final decline of a feisty 40-year-old single mom whose seemingly ordinary life is filled with extraordinary people."
The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock (Picador). "Spare yet emotionally resonant dialogue drives this haunting story of one man's quest to become an astronaut during America's post-World War II Space Race."
Mãn by Kim Thuy (Random House Canada). "A lush, luminous novella that tells the story of family, exile, and food in chapters no longer than a single paragraph or page."
The Three-Year Swim Club by Julia Checkoway (Grand Central Publishing). "An inspiring and unforgettable true story of underdogs and Olympic dreams set in Hawaii in the late 1930s."
The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus (FSG). "A family's past collides with its present in this ambitious debut novel about secrets and lies, money and power."
Walking with Abel: Journeys with the Nomads of the African Savannah by Anna Badkhen (Riverhead). "We swooned over Anna Badkhen's writing the way we did for Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers."