other stories 2003
FEATURE ON SHORT STORY WRITER PHILIP K. DICK IN WIRED MAG
Wired Magazine's December 2003 feature story by Frank Rose, entitled "The Second coming of Philip K. Dick," looks in-depth at how the science fiction legend conquered the movie industry posthumously. Dick died in 1982, having spent most of his life in poverty, shortly before the release of Blade Runner, based on a novel, the first adaptation of his prose to make it to the big screen. Since then, many of his works have been adapted, including the December 25, 2003 release of Paycheck, based on a 1953 short story of the same name that originally sold for $195. "Paycheck," the story, is collected in The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford: And Other Classic Stories (Citadel Trade). Other films based on Dick's short stories are Total Recall, Screamers, Impostor, and Minority Report.
FOUR SHORT STORY WRITERS AMONG WHITING AWARD WINNERS
Four short story writers were among 10 recipients of the 19th annual Whiting Writers' Awards for "emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise" announced October 30 2003: Courtney Angela Brkic (Stillness and Other Stories, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2003), Ann Pancake (Given Ground, University Press of New England, 2001), Lewis Robinson (Officer Friendly, HarperCollins, 2003), and Jess Row (The Train to Lo Wu, forthcoming from Dial Press). The awards, which are $35,000 each, totaling $350,000, have been given annually since 1985 by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation with candidates proposed by nominators from across the country. Last year's winners included short story writers Justin Cronin and Kim Edwards, while previous recipients, to name a few, have included Emily Carter, Jonathan Franzen, Matthew Klam, John McManus, and Colson Whitehead. Please visit the Whiting Foundation for more information on award winners, past and present.
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING WRITER CAROL SHIELDS DIES
Author Carol Shields died on July 16, 2003, after a long battle with breast cancer. Shields won the Pulitzer in 1995 for The Stone Diaries, and in addition to writing 10 novels, she also penned three short story collections: Dressing Up for the Carnival (2001), Various Miracles (1996), and The Orange Fish (1990). For more information, visit the official Carol Shields website.
TORONTO NEWSPAPER BOASTS OF SHORT STORY WRITER
A May 15, 2003 article in the Toronto Star entitled "Reticent Writer the Toast of N.Y." by Judy Stoffman focused on 29-year-old Toronto writer David Bezmozgis who entered the literary scene during May with the publication of two stories in premier New York publications -- "Tapka" in The New Yorker and "Roman Berman, Massage Therapist" in Harper's. According to entertainment writer Stoffman, Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant have been the only other Canadian short story writers given the "New Yorker seal of approval." Bezmozgis has a first collection forthcoming next year from Farrar Straus & Giroux.
SHORT STORY WRITER PETER HO DAVIES AMONG BEST NOVELISTS
Among the 20 under 40 in Granta 81: Best of Young British Novelists 2003, released April 3, 2003, is Peter Ho Davies, author of two award-winning short story collections -- The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. At 36 years of age, Davies directs the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Michigan. His stories have been selected for both Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. His first novel, The Bad Shepherd, is due from Granta Books in 2004. Granta began their 20 best British novelists selection back in 1983 and continues to do so only every 10 years. Click to Granta for more information on the selections, past and present. Visit the Guardian for a list of Peter Ho Davies' top 10 favorite short story collections.
SHORT STORY COLLECTION WINS BARNES & NOBLE AWARD
The short story collection The Shell Collector (Scribner/Penguin) by Anthony Doerr was named winner of bookseller Barnes and Noble's 10th Annual "Discover Great New Writers Awards" in the fiction category on March 5, 2003. The Shell Collector is Doerr's first work of fiction, and it is the first short-story collection to receive the Discover Award. Doerr received a cash prize of $10,000 and a full year of additional marketing and advertising support.
NEW NEW YORKER SHORT FICTION EDITOR PROFILED
The New York Times January 28, 2003 edition profiled Deborah Treisman, who took over the post of Fiction Editor at The New Yorker magazine just this past October. Journalist Robin Finn wrote that Treisman estimates that The New Yorker receives some 200 unsolicited manuscripts each week with the majority of submissions coming from men. While Treisman admits to Finn that she would like to mix things up a bit more, she said, "It's quite hard to find 50 great stories a year." (free registration required for the above NY Times link)
SHORT STORIES AMONG NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS AWARD FINALISTS
Edith Templeton's The Darts of Cupid and Other Stories was among the five fiction finalists named on January 13, 2003 by The National Book Critics Circle for its awards announced on February 26 at the New School in Manhattan. The awards, honoring the "most distinguished" books of the prior year, are given annually in five categories.