Sponsored by The Story Prize and the School of Writing (http://www.newschool.edu/writing) at The New School (http://www.newschool.edu), The Story Prize, an annual award for books of short fiction celebrating its tenth anniversary, is pleased to honor three outstanding short story collections chosen from among 96 books published 64 different publishers or imprints in 2013.
The three finalists are:
Archangel by Andrea Barrett (W.W. Norton)
Bobcat by Rebecca Lee (Algonquin Books)
Tenth of December by George Saunders (Random House)
The three finalists will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, the director of the award. The event will culminate with the announcement of the winner.
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Andrea Barrett was born in Boston in 1954, grew up on Cape Cod, and later attended Union College, where she graduated with a degree in biology. She began writing fiction seriously in her thirties and published her first novel, Lucid Stars, in 1988. In 1996, she received the National Book Award for her fifth book, Ship Fever, a collection of stories.Barrett is particularly well known as a writer of historical fiction. Her work reflects her lifelong interest in science, and women in science. Many of her characters are scientists, often 19th-century biologists.
Barrett received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001. Her short story collection Servants of the Map was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
As in the work of William Faulkner, some of Barrett's characters have appeared in more than one story or novel. In an appendix to her recent novel, The Air We Breathe (2007), Barrett supplied a family tree, making clear the characters' relationships that began in Ship Fever. Although each novel and story is self-contained, the reader comprehends an added dimension when familiar with the characters' previous histories.
Barrett teaches writing at Williams College and lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, with her husband, photographer Barry Goldstein.
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.
Rebecca Lee is an Author and finalist for The Story Prize in 2014 for her collection of short stories entitled "Bobcat"
Julie Lindsey is the founder of The Story Prize.
George Saunders has written three story collections, including "In Persuasion Nation"; an illustrated novella, "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil"; and "The Braindead Megaphone," a collection of essays, many of which were first published in The New Yorker. His new story collection, "The Tenth of December," comes out next year.