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By John Metcalf, Claire Wilkshire. 2003
Includes interviews with and commentaries from eight Canadian writers. Listen in to Terry Griggs on where stories come from, Michael… Winter on writing Newfoundland, and K.D. Miller on being 'an actor who writes'. Also features short stories by these authors. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.
By Margaret Atwood, Robert Weaver. 1995
A collection of 47 short stories by Canadian authors. Contributors include established writers like Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Timothy Findley,… and Mavis Gallant, as well as the new generation of writers like Rohinton Mistry and Caroline Adderson.
By John Metcalf, Leon Rooke. 1989
A collection of short stories, poetry, literary criticism, and memoirs by Canadian authors such as Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Patricia… Young and Al Purdy. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.
By Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Avrahm Yarmolinsky. 1975
By Neal Stephenson. 2012
#1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson is, quite simply, one of the best and most respected writers alive.… He’s taken sf to places it’s never been (Snow Crash, Anathem). He’s reinvented the historical novel (The Baroque Cycle), the international thriller (Reamde), and both at the same time (Cryptonomicon).Now he treats his legion of fans to Some Remarks, an enthralling collection of essays—Stephenson’s first nonfiction work since his long essay on technology, In the Beginning…Was the Command Line, more than a decade ago—as well as new and previously published short writings both fiction and non.Some Remarks is a magnificent showcase of a brilliantly inventive mind and talent, as he discourses on everything from Sir Isaac Newton to Star Wars.
By Alan Brown, Gabrielle Roy. 1982
By Jan Andrews. 1981
By Rudyard Kipling. 1989
By Mark Duncan. 1988
By Mary Higgins Clark, Roxane Azimi. 1997
By Nancy Willard. 1973
This delightful collection brings together five short stories and eight essays on writing by Newbery Medal-winning author Nancy WillardNancy Willard… s gift for bringing out the whimsical in all of us illuminates this memorable anthology Who Invented Water celebrates the craft and magic of creating children s books In Becoming a Writer Willard admits she dislikes giving and receiving advice She prefers telling a story with real-life characters ranging from members of her own family to Jane Austen Rainer Maria Rilke and Charles Dickens on stilts The Well-tempered Falsehood explores the fabulist art of storytelling The Rutabaga Lamp is a dreamy delightful riff on how to read and write fairy tales In an autobiographical piece Her Father s House Erica Theo and their three-year-old son travel home for the funeral of Erica s father As the whole family gathers the heroine is hit with an onslaught of memories Willard style The Tailor Who Told the Truth is Morgon Axel who tells nothing but lies until the day a wild boar comes into his shop This ebook includes an introduction by Robert Pack former director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference
By Laura Furman. 2018
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018 contains twenty prize-winning stories chosen from thousands published in literary magazines over the previous… year. The winning stories come from a mix of established writers and emerging voices, and are uniformly breathtaking. They are accompanied by essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the winning writers on what inspired their stories, and an extensive resource list of magazines that publish short fiction."The Tomb of Wrestling," Jo Ann Beard, Tin House "Counterblast," Marjorie Celona, The Southern Review "Nayla," Youmna Chlala, Prairie Schooner "Lucky Dragon," Viet Dinh, Ploughshares "Stop ’n’ Go," Michael Parker, New England Review "Past Perfect Continuous," Dounia Choukri, Chicago Quarterly Review "Inversion of Marcia," Thomas Bolt, n+1 "Nights in Logar," Jamil Jan Kochai, A Public Space "How We Eat," Mark Jude Poirier, Epoch "Deaf and Blind," Lara Vapnyar, The New Yorker "Why Were They Throwing Bricks?," Jenny Zhang, n+1 "An Amount of Discretion," Lauren Alwan, The Southern Review "Queen Elizabeth," Brad Felver, One Story "The Stamp Collector," Dave King, Fence "More or Less Like a Man," Michael Powers, The Threepenny Review "The Earth, Thy Great Exchequer, Ready Lies," Jo Lloyd, Zoetrope "Up Here," Tristan Hughes, Ploughshares "The Houses That Are Left Behind," Brenda Walker, The Kenyon Review "We Keep Them Anyway," Stephanie A. Vega, The Threepenny Review "Solstice," Anne Enright, The New YorkerPrize Jury for 2018: Fiona McFarlane, Ottessa Moshfegh, Elizabeth Tallent
By Zitkala-Sa. 2003
Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life Raised on a… Sioux reservation she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and was witness to major events in white-Indian relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s Tapping her troubled personal history Zitkala-Sa created stories that illuminate the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience In evocative prose laced with political savvy she forces new thinking about the perceptions assumptions and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises issues of assimilation identity and race relations that remain compelling today
By Elsa Marston. 2008
What is it like to be a young person in the Arab world today? This lively collection of eight short… stories about Arab teenagers living in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and a Palestinian refugee camp engagingly depicts young people's experiences growing up in the Middle East. The characters, drawn from urban and rural settings and from different classes as well as a mix of countries, confront situations involving friends, family, teachers, and society at large. Along with some specifically Middle Eastern issues, such as strife in Iraq, the hardships of life in a Palestinian refugee camp, and honor crimes, the young people deal with more familiar concerns such as loyalty to friends, overcoming personal insecurities, dreams of a future career, and coping with divorcing parents. Coming of age in a complicated world, they meet life with courage, determination, and, not least of all, humor. With accompanying notes that provide contextual information, Santa Claus in Baghdad brings a fresh perspective to youth literature about the Arab world.
By Bret Harte. 1995
In 1870 the young San Francisco-based writer and editor Bret Harte 1836-1902 first compiled a single-volume edition… of his rousing stories of life in the Wild West Entitled The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches the book propelled him almost overnight from local celebrity to American literary lion Four of the most famous of those tales are included in this collection the title story The Outcasts of Poker Flat Tennessee s Partner and M liss Additional selections include A Prot g e of Jack Hamlin and An Ing nue of the Sierras both written later in Harte s life and featuring lively casts of colorful characters in settings ranging from a stagecoach to a Sacramento River steamer They display the author s enthralling storytelling style at full strength - crisply observant rich in ironic humor and offering an engaging mix of sentiment and wit Harte s style exercised a deep influence on the American short story genre and set a future course for writers of Western fiction including Owen Wister and Zane Grey
By Thomas Hardy. 1997
As popular today as they were during the author s lifetime the works of Thomas Hardy captivate readers with… their gripping narrative power and arresting imagery This collection presents a trio of the author s finest and most representative short stories The Distracted Preacher a flawless comedy graced with Shakespearean touches concerns a pair of ill-matched lovers and the breakup of a little network of smugglers The Three Strangers offers a celebration of the comforts and familiarities of life within a community The title story singled out time and again for critical praise centers on the rivalry between a good but plain man and a charismatic villain These tales mark Hardy s attempts to record the rapidly vanishing legends superstitions local customs and lore of the Dorset region as well as his skepticism about the possibility of achieving personal and sexual satisfaction in the modern world Alternatively humorous ironic and elegiac the stories attest to the remarkable range of Hardy s storytelling gifts
By Heather Birrell. 2012
In the stories of Mad Hope, Journey Prize winner Heather Birrell finds the heart of her characters and lets them… lead us into worlds both recognizable and alarming. A science teacher and former doctor is forced to re-examine the role he played in Ceau?escu's Romania after a student makes a shocking request; a tragic plane crash becomes the basis for a meditation on motherhood and its discontents; women in an online chat group share (and overshare) their anxieties and personal histories; and a chance encounter in a waiting room tests the ties that bind us. Using precise, inventive language, Birrell creates astute and empathetic portraits of people we thought we knew - and deftly captures the lovely, maddening mess of being human.
By Jm Holmes. 2018
Four young men struggle to liberate themselves from the burden of being black and male in America in an assured… debut "as up-to the-minute as a Kendrick Lamar track and as ruefully steeped in eternal truths as a Gogol tale" (Kirkus, starred review).Bound together by shared experience but pulled apart by their changing fortunes, four young friends coming of age in the postindustrial enclave of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, struggle to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. With potent immediacy and bracing candor, this provocative debut follows a decade in the lives of Dub, Rolls, Rye, and Gio as they each grapple with the complexity of their family histories, the newfound power of sex and drugs, and the ferocity of their desires. Gio proves himself an unforgettable narrator, beautifully flawed and unstintingly honest, as he recounts both the friends' conflicts and their triumphs. Whether it's a fraught family cookout, a charged altercation on the block, a raucous night in high-society Manhattan gone wrong, or the troubled efforts of a drug hustler to go clean, JM Holmes brings the thump and the heat of his scenes to life with the kind of ease that makes us not just eavesdroppers but participants. How Are You Going to Save Yourself illuminates in breathtaking detail an entire world-one that has been underrepresented in American fiction. At times funny, often uncomfortable, occasionally disturbing, these stories fearlessly engage with issues of race, sex, drugs, class, and family. Holmes's blistering and timely new voice, richly infused with the unmistakable rhythms of hip-hop that form the sound track to his characters' lives, delivers an indelible fiction that has never been more vital and necessary.
By Various. 2014
For more than twenty-five years, The Journey Prize Stories has been Canada's most celebrated annual fiction anthology and a who's… who of up-and-coming writers. With settings ranging from Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music to a hospital ward in Thailand, from British Columbia's Burrard Inlet to St. John's Bowring Park, the stories in this collection represent the year's best short fiction by some of our most exciting new writers. Among the stories this year: A woman's quest to trend on social media blinds her to her inability to connect with her own adult daughter. The delicate equilibrium maintained by a newly pregnant expat living in Israel is shattered when a missile lands in her backyard. An unusual guide to caring for an exotic pet highlights the many opportunities owners will have to learn valuable life lessons - beginning with the pet's death. The tender relationship between two musical prodigies is no match for the machinations of the adult world. After a woman returns to her parents' house to recuperate from a life-changing surgery, she discovers how difficult it is for others to accept who she has become. A terrible act of cruelty forces the tensions between two workers at a fish processing plant to spill out into the surrounding waters. When a former couple has a chance encounter on a B.C. ferry, old grievances and desires alike resurface with surprising results.From the Trade Paperback edition.
By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey. 2015
Honouring strong new voices from around the world, the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is a global award, open to… unpublished as well as published writers, with a truly international judging panel. This global anthology presents the winner of the 2014 Short Story Prize, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s “Let’s Tell This Story Properly,” alongside some of the most promising and original stories entered for the prize during the past three years by emerging writers across the literary landscape of the world. Gathered from over ten thousand entries, the selected stories are provocative, rich in flair and ambition, and push the boundaries of fiction into fresh territory.