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Barnes and Noble Announces Finalists for 2012 Discover Great New Writers Awards

Barnes and Noble announced the six finalists for its 2012 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The first place winners receive a $10,000 cash prize and a year of promotion from Barnes & Noble. The winners in each category, fiction and nonfiction, receive a $10,000 prize and a full year of additional promotion from Barnes & Noble. Second place finalists get $5,000, and third-place finalists get $2,500. The finalists are:


  • Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist (HarperCollins)
  • Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child (Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown)
  • Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles (Random House)


  • Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Random House)
  • Kristen Iversen, Full Body Burden (Crown Publishers/Random House)
  • Cheryl Strayed, Wild (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
The bookseller will announce the winners at a private awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 6th. The awards honor the best works featured the previous calendar year in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program.

The fiction judges are authors Lan Samantha Chang, Alan Cheuse, and Karl Marlantes. The nonfiction judges include authors Susan Cheever, Wendy McClure, and Touré.

Posted on February 4, 2013

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