Tag: short stories

This Week on Well Read TV: Ethan Canin Talks about A Doubter’s Almanac

This week on Well Read, New York Times best-selling author Ethan Canin will be speaking with hosts Terry Tazioli and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest novel, A Doubter’s Almanac (2016). Published in February, it features two interwoven narratives. The first is the tumultuous tale of tortured mathematician Milo Andret: Princeton superstar, reckless alcoholic, and […]

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Barry Gifford Publishes New Series of Short Stories on Chicagoist
By October 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Barry Gifford Publishes New Series of Short Stories on Chicagoist

Rob Christopher, who works with us here in ALA’s publishing department, reports that he has just finished editing a series of short stories by Barry Gifford, the author of Wild at Heart (1990) and many other works. The 10 new stories all center around Roy, a kid growing in 1950s and ’60s Chicago, and will be published […]

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Short Story Contests and Their Winners
By October 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Short Story Contests and Their Winners

General interest magazines are scarce, and those publishing short fiction even scarcer. The old “slick” market, now almost entirely dominated by the New Yorker, is all but out of reach, at least for beginners. And the logical extension of such domination is that the New Yorker also dominates commercial compilations such as Best American Short […]

Win a Free Ebook of Megan Abbott’s “The Little Men”
By September 8, 2015 3 Comments Read More →

Win a Free Ebook of Megan Abbott’s “The Little Men”

It’s no secret that we at Booklist have reviewed Megan Abbott pretty well. From our reviews of 2005’s Die a Little (“smolders like the night’s last, forgotten cigarette”) and 2012’s Dare Me (“Bring It On meets Fight Club“) to last year’s The Fever (“Abbott may be on her way to becoming a major writer,” I somewhat pompously intoned), […]

A Manual for Reading Women: Spectacular Short Stories

A Manual for Reading Women: Spectacular Short Stories

It’s big news when short story collections get major book buzz. And the story behind Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories is one worth repeating. Little known, but fiercely admired, Berlin published six collections of short stories before her death in 2004. Often compared to American great Raymond Carver, this compilation celebrates the work […]

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You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: Rediscovering Elizabeth Taylor

You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: Rediscovering Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor the writer has often been overlooked, an unfair side effect of having the same name as a very famous actress. But “The Other Elizabeth Taylor” (which just so happens to be the title of Nicola Beauman’s biography of the writer) deserves to be discovered in her own right and this collection of short stories […]

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All the Best Books Compilation: Short Stories

All the Best Books Compilation: Short Stories

Coverage of the top books of last year, as measured by the number of times a book was mentioned as a best book of the year or nominated for an award, continues today as I turn toward short stories. I’ll highlight the top five collections, then list some of the other books that came close. In […]

1 Day Until Mystery Month!
By April 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

1 Day Until Mystery Month!

You’ve nearly made it. You followed the clues, outwitted a criminal mastermind, and made the intimate acquaintance of a good-looking redhead, meanwhile surviving a car trash, a train wreck, and a night in the slammer. The treasure you seek is so close you can almost taste it—although, really, who wants to taste a million bucks […]

Science Fiction Short Stories: Discussing Ted Chiang

Science Fiction Short Stories: Discussing Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang is one of the most respected science fiction writers out there right now. But he is not prolific and has only written short stories and novellas. The Economist recently published an article on the reasons you should read his work. And with a film adaptation of his short story “Story of Your Life” […]

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True Stories Will Turn Boys and Girls into Eager Readers

True Stories Will Turn Boys and Girls into Eager Readers

Cindy: I’ll drink my own urine and eat my peeling, sun-burned skin if anyone can name a more solid nonfiction collection of informational short works! Okay, I highly doubt I would ever really agree to do that, but I think you’ll find it hard to ante up a nonfiction short “story” collection to rival True […]