Tuesday, 19 August 2008
BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2008
Salman Rushdie is the editor for this year’s Best American Short Stories. Salman had a collection of stories East West published in 1994. I wonder if he writes stories all the time, or anymore? I wonder that about a lot of writers who mainly publish novels and then, suddenly, a short fiction collection comes out. I’m thinking Colm Tóibín, for example with Mothers and Sons. Maybe their publishers are more comfortable with them producing novels, as most publishers are?
Anyway, The Best American Short Stories 2008 will be out next month and series editor Heidi Pitlor talks sensibly, in a Q&A, about what she looks for in the thousands of stories she reads in lit mags each year:
‘I look for solid writing, an ease with language. I want to be engaged with the characters and story lines, the settings or the language or ideas. When reading, I want to forget that I have to clean the kitchen or pay the bills. I also like to be surprised and moved in some way.’
Featured writers include A. M. Homes, Steven Millhauser, Karen Brown and Jonathan Lethem.