Discovering finalists for Barnes & Noble Award

<p>Daniel Mendelsohn and O.Z. Livaneli are among the finalists for Barnes &amp; Noble&#39;s Discover Great New Writers Award, which will be handed out at a ceremony on Feb. 28. The winners in the fiction and nonfiction categories will each receive $10,000 and continued promotion through Barnes &amp; Noble. Second place winners receive $5,000 and third place winners receive $2,500. </p><p>In the fiction category, the finalists are Ben Fountain&#39;s Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, Livaneli&#39;s Bliss and Sam Savage&#39;s Firmin. In nonfiction, the finalists are Eric Blehm&#39;s The Last Season, Marilyn Johnson&#39;s The Dead Beat and Mendelsohn&#39;s The Lost.</p><p>The award is part of Barnes &amp; Noble&#39;s Discover Great New Writers program, which &quot;highlight[s] works of exceptional literary quality that might otherwise be overlooked in a crowded book marketplace,&quot; the company explained. The finalists were chosen from the more than 60 authors and books featured the 2006 program. Last year&#39;s winners were Uzodinma Iweala&#39;s Beasts of No Nation and Nathaniel Fick&#39;s One Bullet Away.</p><p>Stiff and Spook author Mary Roach, Colors of the Mountain author Da Chen and Reviving Ophelia author Mary Pipher will judge the nonfiction books, while the fiction books will be judged by Mohsin Hamid, author of Moth Smoke, Lily King, winner of the 1999 Discover Award for The Pleasing Hour, and Marcus Stevens, author of The Curve of the World and Useful Girl.</p>