The three finalists for the Story Prize, awarded annually for outstanding collections of short fiction are honored at an event at The New School.
The finalists include Sunstroke and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam, and Like You'd Understand by Jim Shepard.
The writers read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, director of the Story Prize. The evening culminates in the announcement of the $20,000 prize to this years' winner.
Larry Dark is the director of The Story Prize, an annual book award for short story collections. He served as series editor for the O. Henry Awards from 1997 to 2002, and before that compiled, edited, and introduced four literary anthologies.
Tessa Hadley teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University College and lives in Cardiff. Her first novel, Accidents in the Home, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
Dr. Vincent Lam was born in London, Ontario, and grew up in Ottawa. His family is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam. Dr. Lam did his medical training in Toronto, and is an emergency physician who also does international air evacuation work and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships.
His non-fiction has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, Toronto Life Magazine, and the University of Toronto Medical Journal.
His first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Giller Prize. The panel of judges consisted of Alice Munro, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, and Michael Winter.
His fiction has been published in Carve. Dr. Lam's first novel, Cholon, Near Forgotten, about a Chinese compulsive gambler and headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War, will be published by Doubleday Canada.
Julie Lindsey is the founder of The Story Prize.
Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and two previous collections of stories. He teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Tessa Hadley, author of the short story collection Sunstroke and Other Stories and finalist for The Story Prize 2007, discusses how, as a British author, she was drawn to writing short stories despite the commonly held perception that the format is primarily American.