One Story is celebrating our debut and emerging authors at our first-ever benefit on May 21, 2010. The highlight will be the formal “presentation” of writers who have made their debuts in One Story. Each writer will be “escorted” by an established author who has served as their mentor. John Hodgman will be announcing our “debs.”
Carolyn Kellogg recently wrote about our ball on Jacket Copy, the LA Times books blog and she says to: “Expect hilarity to ensue.”
Click here to read the article.
If you’d like to find out more information or buy tickets to the ball, click here.
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Sherman Alexie was selected as the winner of the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his collection of short stories, War Dances.
350 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the US during the 2009 calendar year were considered. The winner will be awarded $15,000 and the four finalists will receive $5,000.
The four finalists are Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna: A Novel, Lorraine M. Lopex for Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, Lorrie Moore for A Gate at the Stairs, and Colson Whitehead for Sag Harbor: A Novel.
For more information about the award, click here.
If you would like to attend the award ceremony in Washington D.C, it will be held at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $100. Visit www.folger.edu/penfaulkneraward to purchase tickets.
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I’ll be at the One Story booth at The (Makers) Market at the OA Can Factory in Brooklyn this Sunday. I’m starting a new enterprise–we are offering mini-mentorships to short story writers. I’ve always wished that I had the time to offer personal rejection letters to our submitters.
We get so many submissions per day, which makes this impossible, especially since we don’t want to charge a reading fee.
The owner of the Can Factory has been asking us to man a booth at the Makers Market for ages and I came up with an Editor is In booth, sort of like Lucy’s booth from Peanuts, except instead of psychological counseling, we would give editing advice.
Here’s are the basics: In a 15-minute private session, a One Story fiction editor will discuss your story. The editor will read your submission in advance and will come to the mentorship with specific feedback about your story and practical information on how you can strengthen your submissions and query letters.
So I hope to see you there!
To sign up for a mentorship, click here.
Dates:Sunday, March 14, 2010 & Sunday, March 21, 2010
Times:11am - 5pm
Location:The Maker’s Market at The Old American Can Factory
230 3rd St.Brooklyn, NY
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There’s this new trend in publishing that uses video trailers to launch books. We used to only see this kind of thing for James Patterson books on late night television, but those were just pictures of the book cover and that really creepy voice announcing the title.
Recently, Jamieson Fry, a filmmaker who loves short stories (and One Story!) contacted me about this new trailer he shot for T.C. Boyle’s collection, Wild Child: and Other Stories.
“I aimed for a quick two-shot vignette for each story, so that the viewer can get a feel for what it’s like to browse through a collection of stories you’ve read and loved (for viewers who have already read the book and know why they’re seeing what they’re seeing) or the feeling of picking up a collection at the store and flipping through it, just catching story titles and a brief impression.”
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Here is my sister reading Bomb Jockey:
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A few days after my friend Amanda and I introduced J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories to a friend of ours, he called us up and said, “I read the book you gave me and now I’ve been lying on the floor just staring at my ceiling fan for the past few hours.”
Very slowly, we told him to, “Put the book doooown and come over to our place. Now.”
It’s one of those books that really should come with a warning label.
Most people remember Salinger as the author of The Catcher in the Rye, but I was much more moved by his short stories. I find myself going back to Nine Stories, rereading certain stories whenever I need a reminder of what I should be searching for in the slush pile or a lesson on how to craft dialogue. It serves as my touchstone for great fiction. His stories are genuine and true and deceptively simple.
I first heard the news of his death on the 5:00 pm news, which just happened to be on while I was sitting in the living room. Sade Baderinwa announced it as the fifth or sixth story of the day and it was simply “J.D. Salinger died today at the age of 91.” There was no register of any deeper thought in her eyes and no solemnity in her voice–it was just another news item to slog through.
My husband and I looked at each other, totally stunned that it wasn’t the opening news story that night. But after the initial surprise, I suppose that Salinger would have preferred it that way.
The New Yorker published some remembrances, I especially liked the one Lillian Ross wrote. But the best tribute was “Bunch of Phonies Mourn J.D. Salinger” on The Onion website.
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The Story Prize has announced its three finalists this year:
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Drift: Stories by Victoria Patterson
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: Stories
by Wells Tower
The finalists were selected from 78 story collections from 53 different publishers or imprints.
The Story Prize is one of the largest prizes given for a collection of short stories. The winner is presented with $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl. The two runners-up both receive $5,000.
Last year I got on Larry Dark’s bad side when I implied that the last author listed always won the prize. Apparently, the authors are listed in alphabetical order and it was JUST A COINCIDENCE that the last author won several years in a row. Soooooo, that being said, my money’s on Wells Tower.
The awards ceremony will be held on March 3 at 7:30pm at the Tishman Auditorium in New York City. For tickets, contact the New School box office at 212-229-5488 or click here.
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According to The Guardian, 2009 was the year of the short story. I’m going to have to agree with them. After all, Oprah chose a short story collection for her book club for the very first time, Alice Munro won the Man Booker International, Elizabeth Strout’s short story collection was awarded the Pulitzer, and great short story collections were published.
One Story’s subscriptions are higher than ever, which surprised us–after all, the economy is forcing all of us to tighten our wallets.
It seems like the popularity of the short story may be on the rise. We must be doing a great job saving it. You can read the rest of what The Guardian said here.
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The start of a new year makes me think of the start of good things to come. I’ve been reading the most recent Pushcart Prize stories and I’ve been paying extra close attention to first lines–trying to come up with a perfect first line for the latest story I’m working on. Of course, this made me think of the The First Line.
A few weeks ago, I received a few issues of The First Line, which is a literary magazine that’s got a great concept. The editors have provided you with the first line already, so all you have to do is to continue the story. What I love about this magazine is that the stories are so vastly different from each other and the authors of the stories use the lines in really inventive ways.
So, New Year, New First Lines.
2010 First Lines:
Spring: Working for God is never easy. (submissions due Feb. 1)
Summer: Paul and Miriam Kaufman met the old-fashioned way. (due May 1)
Fall: Three thousand habitable planets in the known universe, and I’m stuck on the only one with ___________.[Fill in the blank.] (due Aug. 1)
Winter: Until I stumbled across an article about him in the paper, I never realized how much Walter Dodge and I are alike. (due Nov. 1)
Find out how to submit to them at www.thefirstline.com.
Happy New Year!
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This is the time of year many people are all out of gift ideas so I decided to compile a gift guide with suggestions for that special literary someone. I’ve always believed that a gift guide shouldn’t have a TON of items. So this is just a small list of books that I own or plan on purchasing. If you have other suggestions, please feel free to share them with me and leave comments.
And don’t you just love the covers on these books?
The holiday season is a great time to save the short story by buying books and supporting short story writers!
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth: Stories (P.S.)
What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
Delicate Edible Birds: And Other Stories
Once the Shore: Stories
The Boat: Stories (Vintage)
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (Vintage Contemporaries)
Too Much Happiness: Stories
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