shining the spotlight on short story collections
Huge congratulations to Short Review author Petina Gappah, whose collection, An Elegy for Easterly, has won the 2009 Guardian First Book Award, “the second short story writer to win the award in its 10-year history, ” says The Guardian today, “the first being Yiyun Li in 2006. Gappah’s collection of 13 stories, An Elegy for Easterly, tells of the lives of people, rich and poor, caught up in events over which they have little control.”
Continues The Guardian: “The Guardian’s literary editor, Claire Armistead, who chaired the judging panel, said she was thrilled to name Gappah as winner, particularly since 2009 is the year of the short story. There had been some wonderful first books, she said, and ‘Petina Gappah’s humane and disarmingly funny mosaic of life in Zimbabwe is undoubtedly one of the very best.'”
PS I didn’t know 2009 was The Year of the Short Story! Oops, it’s nearly over. Let’s do it again next year.