The three finalists for the Story Prize, awarded annually for outstanding collections of short fiction, are honored at a ceremony at The New School.
The finalists, Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Unaccustomed Earth; Joe Meno, author of Demons in the Spring; and Tobias Wolff, author of Our Story Begins, read and discuss their work. Moderated by Larry Dark, director of the Story Prize.
This year's judges are author and editor Daniel Menaker, bookseller Rick Simonson, and author and editor Hannah Tinti. The evening culminates in the presentation of the $20,000 prize to this year's 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.
Jhumpa Lahiri was born in England to Bengali parents. Her books include
the collections Unaccustomed Earth and Interpreter of Maladies,
which won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the novel The Namesake. Parts of all three were first published in
The New Yorker. Last year, she was appointed to the President's
Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Joe Meno is a novelist, writer of short fiction, playwright, and music journalist based in Chicago.
Tobias Wolff’s books include the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army; the novels The Barracks Thief and Old School, and four collections of short stories, including In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, and, most recently, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. His work is translated widely and has received the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Malamud Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the Humanities at Stanford.