shining the spotlight on short story collections
“In short, the story is growing on us again” proclaims Margaret Drabble, one of the judges of the BBC National Short Story Award in The Times today: “There are strong signs that the story is still alive and responding to encouragement.” Hear, hear!
As the year draws to a close, it is “Best of…” season:
7 short story collections are among the 25 books to make the LA Times Favourite Fiction of 2009: Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy and The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis (review coming soon), It’s Beginning to Hurt, by James Lasdun, Love in Infant Monkeys, by Lydia Millet, Once the Shore by Paul Yoon, The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
More best of….The AV Club lists its 10 Best Short Story Collections of the 00s, including Short Review authors Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners and Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things. What are your Top Ten?
And more… NPR’s The Best Five Books to Share with Your Friends includes The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis.
And finally, Vulpes Libris’ Favourite Books of 2009 include A C Tillyer’s collection, An A-Z Of All Possible Worlds (review coming soon), SHORT Fiction 3, the third edition of the annual short fiction magazine from the University of Plymouth, as well as Short Review author Elizabeth Baines‘ new book, Too Many Magpies.
Route is offering Who’s The Daddy is a mini-collection themed around father/daughter relationships, as a free eBook. Read the three stories here.
The Atlantic magazine, which published short stories monthly until 2005, will sell short stories on the Kindle, reports the New York Times, which says the Atlantic will publish two stories a month this way.The first two stories are by Christopher Buckley and Edna O’Brien.
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, an eight-part dramatic TV series about three young doctors, based on the short story collection of the same name, which won the 2006 Giller Prize, by Vincent Lam, will air on January 10th on the Movie Network, says Straight.com.