Friday, February 20, 2009

Are You a Fan of Short Stories?

I am. I love a good short story. If you're a fan too, here's a site for you to check out: To celebrate the upcoming publication of six new short story collections from authors such as Tolstoy, Melville, and Wilde, Harper Perennial is posting one new short story a week for fifty-two weeks. This week's story is "The Sculpture's Funeral," by Willa Cather. Some of the stories are new stories from Harper Perennial's original collections or from upcoming hardcover books; some are original contributions never before published anywhere; and some are backlist classics. Future offerings include selections by Katherine Dunn, Jess Walter, Mark Twain, and Dennis Cooper. Check it out!

Who are some of your favorite short story authors? Here are some of mine: Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, Lorrie Moore (who has a new collection coming in August -- finally!), Jhumpa Lahiri, and, of course, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Some great collections I've read recently are The Complete Stories, by David Malouf; Last Night (the last story will knock your socks off), by James Salter; and The Boat, by Nam Le.

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