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Arrival and Gifts

My wife and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our third child (and our third son).  He was born Monday evening, and everyone is doing great.  Today we are all home enjoying some rest time, and I thought I’d get on here briefly to celebrate with you all.  To mark…

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Thomas McGuane: “The House on Sand Creek”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Thomas McGuane’s “The House on Sand Creek” was originally published in the October 3, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. I’m very excited about this one and will be posting…

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Michael Christie: The Beggar’s Garden

The Giller Prize does it again: The Beggar’s Garden (2011) is another excellent short story collection, and another from a debut author.  The author’s blurb says that Michael Christie “worked in a homeless shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and provided outreach to the severely mentally ill.”  His experiences there have made…

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Callan Wink: “Dog Run Moon”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Callan Wink’s “Dog Run Moon” was originally published in the September 26, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Wink is a debut author from the west, where I grew up,…

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2011 Frank O’Connor Prize

I haven’t covered the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize on this blog before, but it’s high time I start — it’s a prize worth watching.  Here’s a description from the prize webiste (which you can find here): “The 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize is worth €35,000 to…

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Clark Blaise: The Meagre Tarmac

So here we have the interesting case of an author born in America (and who currently lives in California) finding his way onto a Canadian literary prize list for a book he wrote that appropriates the voice and experience of South Asian immigrants.  And thank goodness, too, because The Meagre Tarmac…

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Ann Beattie: “Starlight”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Ann Beattie’s “Starlight” was originally published in the September 19, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. It’s been six years since Ann Beattie last published a piece of fiction in The New Yorker.  I was looking forward to reading…

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Genni Gunn: Solitaria

There weren’t many Giller Prize longlisted titles available in the United States when the list was announced, but one you can get for the Kindle is Genni Gunn’s trip into a family’s history, Solitaria (2011).   Gunn has written two other novels and two collections of short stories (and some poetry,…

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David Bezmozgis: The Free World

Last year The New Yorker included David Bezmozgis when they highlighted twenty young fiction writers in their “20 Under 40″ series.  Bezmozgis’s piece, “The Train of Their Departure” (my thoughts here), was one of my favorites, a somewhat rare case when I felt like the excerpt from a novel worked…

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2011 Giller Prize Longlist

This morning the Giller Prize longlist was annonced, and the Shadow Giller is ready.  Here are the books: David Bezmozgis: The Free World (available in the U.S.) Clarke Blaise: The Meagre Tarmac* (available in the U.S.) Lynn Coady: The Antagonist Michael Christie: The Beggar’s Garden* Patrick deWitt: The Sisters Brothers…