Co-sponsored by The Story Prize and the Creative Writing Program at The New School, the three finalists for The Story Prize, chosen from more than 70 short story collections published in 2015, will read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, the director of the award.
This year's finalists are:
There's Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter (Pantheon)
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson (Random House)
Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann (Random House)
Charles Baxter is a winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. There's Something I Want You to Do, features two stories that were selected for volumes of The Best American Short Stories. His five previous collections are Gryphon, Believers, A Relative Stranger, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. He has also published the novels The Feast of Love (a finalist for the National Book Award), The Soul Thief, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, and First Light. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Adam Johnson is the author of the story collection Fortune Smiles, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, and The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the California Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Johnson's other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. His previous books are Emporium, a short story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.
Colum McCann is the author of Thirteen Ways of Looking and two other short story collections, Fishing the Sloe-Black River and Everything in This Country Must, as well as the novels TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs. His literary honors include the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres award from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. A contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.
About the Judges
Anthony Doerr, the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, as well as two story collections Memory Wall (2010 winner of The Story Prize) andThe Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.
Rita Meade is a public library manager who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a Contributing Editor and Dear Book Nerd podcast host for Book Riot, reviews children's books for School Library Journal, and is the author of a forthcoming picture book Edward Gets Messy.
Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the former book critic for New York Magazine and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. She was the 2012 recipient of the National Book Critic Circle's Nona Balakian Prize and a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism.
The event will culminate with the announcement of the winner, who will be presented with a check for $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl.
Location: The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
American novelist, essayist, and poet. Author of "There's Something I Want You to Do"
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.
Luis Jaramillo is the Director of the School of Writing. He is the author of The Doctor's Wife, winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, an Oprah Book of the Week, and one of NPR's Best Books of 2012. His work has also appeared in Open City, Gamers (Soft Skull Press), Tin House Magazine, H.O.W. Journal, and Red Line Blues. In 2014 he was selected as a Sewanee Writers Conference Fellow. He teaches courses in fiction and nonfiction in the MFA Creative Writing program and the Riggio Honors Program, and is co-editor of the journal The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food.
Adam Johnson has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, and is author of The Orphan Master’s Son, which won the 2013 Pulitzer for fiction. His new book is Fortune Smiles: Stories. An associate writing professor at Stanford, his fiction has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Harper’s, and The Best American Short Stories.
founder of the Story Prize
Colum McCann was born in Dublin in 1965.
He is the author of two collections of short stories and three novels, including This Side of Brightness, Dancer, and Zoli. His fiction has been published in 26 languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and other places. His articles have appeared in publications including The Irish Times, Die Zeit, La Republicca, Paris Match, The New York Times, and the Guardian.
In 2003, Colum was named Esquire's "Writer of the Year." Other awards and honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Irish Independent Hughes and Hughes Novel of the Year 2003, and the 2002 Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. He was recently inducted into the Hennessy Hall of Fame.
Colum teaches in Hunter College in New York, where he lives with his wife and three children.