some lovely news for The Architect of Flowers…

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okay… this is an unalloyed bit good news/good luck about the forthcoming collection: The Architect of Flowers was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers Series for the summer!

if you’re interested, this is a description of the program:

“Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the The Discover Great New Writers™ program is proud to have introduced the following writers to an eager reading public (just a small number of the nearly 2,000 writers we’ve discovered): T. C. Boyle, Patricia Cornwell, Junot Diaz, Jasper Fforde, Elizabeth Gilbert, Robert Goolrick, Barbara Kingsolver, Janice Y. K. Lee, Jonah Lehrer, Colum McCann, Cormac McCarthy, Audrey Niffenegger, Michael Pollan, Alice Sebold, Rebecca Skloot, Kathryn Stockett, and David Wroblewski.

“A small group of Barnes & Noble bookseller volunteers convenes year-round to review submissions to the program, selecting works for our promotion, currently featured at 700+ Barnes & Noble, Bookstop, and Bookstar stores, 30 prominent Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, and on http://www.bn.com.

“Annually, we recognize two of our exceptional writers with the Discover Great New Writers Award (one each for Fiction and Non-Fiction). In addition to a $10,000 prize, we promote the winning titles extensively in our stores and online.

“The 2009 Discover Award winners were announced on March 3. This year’s Discover Award winners included Victor Lodato’s debut novel of a precocious young girl grieving the loss of her sister, titled Mathilda Savitch, and Dave Cullen’s spellbinding non-fiction book, Columbine, a work of investigative journalism that was 10 years in the making, and yields surprising truths about that fateful day in Littleton, Colorado, the killers, their plan, and their victims. For more information, view the press release.

“Previous recipients of the Discover Award include Monica Ali, Eric Blehm, Tracy Chevalier, Joshua Ferris, Ben Fountain, Chang-rae Lee, Elizabeth McCracken, David Sheff, and Hampton Sides, among others.”

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