This year, the Story Prize, an annual award for books of short fiction, recognizes three outstanding short story collections chosen from 92 books submitted by 60 publishers and imprints. The three finalists-Don DeLillo, The Angel Esmeralda (Scribner), Steve Millhauser, We Others (Alfred A. Knopf), and Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision (Lookout Books)-read selections from their work and are then interviewed by Story Prize director Larry Dark.
Story Prize founder Julie Lindsey and director Larry Dark selected the finalists for the Story Prize. This year's judges are award-winning author Sherman Alexie, professor of comparative literature; translator Breon Mitchell; and Louise Steinman, curator of the Los Angeles Public Library's ALOUD Reading Series.
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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.
Don DeLillo is the author of 15 novels, including "Falling Man", "Libra", and "White Noise", and three plays, in addition to the story collection "The Angel Esmeralda". He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2006, Underworld was named one of the three best novels of the previous 25 years by the New York Times Book Review; in 2000, it won the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the most distinguished work of fiction of the previous five years.
Julie Lindsey is the founder of The Story Prize.
Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction, including "Martin Dressler", awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, and "Dangerous Laughter", a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. His work has been translated into 15 languages, and his story "Eisenheim the Illusionistâ" was the basis of the 2006 filmThe Illusionist. Millhauserâ's most recent collection, "We Others", includes seven new stories and 14 stories written over the past 30 years. Millhauser currently teaches at Skidmore College and lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Edith Pearlman is the recipient of the 2011 PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of short fiction and the Wallant Award, for fiction considered to have significance for the American Jew. She has published more than 250 works in national magazines and anthologies, including "Best American Short Stories", "The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories", "New Stories from the South", and "The Pushcart Prize". She is the author of four story collections: "Binocular Vision", which was also a finalist for the National Book Award; "Vaquita", winner of the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature; "Love Among the Greats", winner of the Spokane Fiction Award; and "How to Fall", winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize. Pearlman lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.