The Story Prize Announces Its Finalists
Sthe Story Prize
January 10, 2008
ow in its fourth year, The Story Prize, a prestigious annual award for books of short fiction, is pleased to honor three outstanding short story collections chosen from an exceptional group published in 2007. The winner will be announced at an event the evening of February 27 at The New School in New York City. The three finalists are:
Tessa Hadley teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University, in Bath, England. She is the author of three novels: The Master Bedroom, Everything Will Be All Right, and Accidents in the Home, which was in the running for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, and The Daily Mail. She lives in Cardiff, Wales.
Vincent Lam was born in London, Ontario, and studied medicine in Toronto, where he is now an emergency physician. This, his first book, won Canada's 2006 Giller Prize for fiction, making him the youngest writer ever to do so. His work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Carve. Lam's family is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and his first novel will be a multigenerational saga set in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He lives in Toronto.
Jim Shepard is the author of six novels-including Project X, Nosferatu, Lights Out in the Reptile House, and Kiss of the Wolf-and two previous collections of stories, Love and Hydrogen and Batting Against Castro. His stories have appeared in A Public Space, Granta, Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, and Tin House, among other publications. He teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Founder Julie Lindsey and Director Larry Dark selected the three finalists from among 74 books entered by 48 publishers and imprints. The winner of The Story Prize will be determined by three judges:
David Gates, a novelist, short story writer, and senior editor at Newsweek.
Patricia Groh, coordinator of community services at the Skokie (Illinois) Public Library.
Megahn O'Rourke, literary editor of Slate, a poetry editor at The Paris Review, and a poet, reviewer, and essayist.
The Story Prize's annual event will be at the New School's Tishman Auditorium in New York City at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27. The three finalists will read selections from their work, after which Larry Dark will interview each writer on-stage. At the end of the event, the winner will be announced and presented with $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl. The two runners-up will each receive $5,000. Past winners of The Story Prize include The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf) and The Stories of Mary Gordon by Mary Gordon (Pantheon).
To order tickets ($16 for general admission) to The Story Prize event at the New School's Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12th Street) at 7:30 pm on Feb. 27, go to SmartTix.com and search for "story prize" or make a reservation by calling the New School box office at 212-229-5488 Monday through Friday 1-7 pm or e-mailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on The Story Prize, including a forthcoming list of other noteworthy story collections published in 2007, as well as links to purchase books online, go to www.thestoryprize.org.
© The Story Prize 2008