- It’s that time for year-end Best Of lists, and on The Short Review Blog, Tania Hershman includes a number of links, and notes that seven short story collections made the LA Times list. She also includes a link to a 10 Best Short Story Collections of the 00s from the AV Club (an arts & culture companion to the Onion) that has a couple of names that are new to me.
- Salon’s Best Fiction of ’09 includes Lydia Millett’s collection Love in Infant Monkeys.
- Over at Book Fox all week, John Fox has a series of guest bloggers weighing in on their favorite story collection of the year.
- Going back even further in time, the National Book Foundation recently conducted an online poll in which voters were asked to name their favorite winner of the National Book Award, now in its 60th year; the winner–Flannery O’Connor’s The Complete Stories, which won for fiction in 1972.
- Salt Publishing, a UK press which published my friend Tania Hershman’s The White Road last year, has a new book on the craft of the short story called Short Circuit. I haven’t seen it but plan to check it out.
- Tim Johnston‘s stories were featured in the New Short Fiction Series back in 2002. He has since gone on to win an O. Henry Prize among others, and to have his work featured in a David Sedaris-edited anthology. Now he’s out with his Katherine Anne Porter Prize-winning collection Irish Girl. Thurs Dec 10 7pm, the New Short Fiction crew make a guest appearance at Book Soup in West Hollywood to perform excerpts from the collection. Check out Tim’s website for samples, and for his recent Narrative Story of the Week.
- In my December calendar I missed this month’s installment of Book Party, a terrific reading series that takes place most second Sundays of the month at a cool little bar called Mandrake at 2692 South La Cienega in Culver City (it’s a small bar but they have a great reading space set aside). On Sunday Dec 13 7pm, the show features Amina Cain with her new collection, I Go To Some Hollow (published by LA’s own Les Figues Press); and Jennine Capo Crucet, whose How to Leave Hialeah won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and has been praised by the likes of Charles Baxter.