Suspend Your Disbelief

Shop Talk |

The Envelopes Please…


Congratulations to this year’s winners of The Collection Giveaway Project! Earlier today we held four separate drawings to determine the recipients of our free story collections, and here are the results:

  1. Shannon for Laura van den Berg’s collection What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
  2. Pete for Joshua Furst’s collection Short People
  3. Barrett Shipp for Skip Horack’s collection The Southern Cross
  4. Melanie Yarbrough for Robin Black’s collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This

Thanks also to Erika Dreifus of The Practicing Writer (who first suggested the giveaway), the editors of The Replacement Blog, and Lucy Blue at Before There Were Children for joining this project. You can find the winners of their contests on their sites.

Most of all, thanks to everyone who participated in our May is Short Story Month celebration. We received more than fifty wonderful recommendations from our readers for favorite collections or collections they’re looking forward to reading, and the selections ranged from classic must-reads to debut fiction. Here they are, in no particular order, just in case you’re short on a list of good books to read…I mean, it is the start of summer.

  1. The World is the Home of Love and Death, by Harold Brodkey
  2. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, by Ernest Hemingway
  3. The Age of Grief, by Jane Smiley
  4. Separate Kingdoms, by Valerie Laken
  5. Airships, by Barry Hannah
  6. Finding a Girl in America, by Andre Dubus
  7. Jenny and the Jaws of Life, by Jincy Willett
  8. Girl with the Flammable Skirt, by Aimee Bender
  9. The Point, by Charles D’Ambrosio
  10. Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  11. If You Lived Here You’d Already Be Home, by John Jodzio
  12. A Few Short Notes On Tropical Butterflies, by John Murray
  13. Do the Windows Open? by Julie Hecht
  14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver
  15. Nine Stories, by J.D. Salinger
  16. Girl Goddess #9, by Francesca Lia Block
  17. Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
  18. The Holiday Season, by Michael Knight
  19. The Palace Thief, by Ethan Canin
  20. Girl Trouble, by Holly Goddard Jones
  21. Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, by Lydia Peelle
  22. The Secret Goldfish, by David Means
  23. Where the Dog Star Never Glows, by Tara L. Masih
  24. Boys and Girls Like You and Me, by Aryn Kyle
  25. Call It What You Want, by Keith Lee Morris
  26. Cliffs of Fall and Other Stories, by Shirley Hazzard
  27. Between the Assassinations, by Aravind Adiga
  28. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  29. The Boat, by Nam Le
  30. Where the Money Went, by Kevin Canty
  31. The Red Convertible, by Louise Erdrich
  32. The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  33. Something Is Out There, by Richard Bausch
  34. At the Jim Bridger, by Ron Carlson
  35. The Pacific and Other Stories, by Mark Helprin
  36. The Tiger in the Grass, by Harriet Doerr
  37. Out of the Woods, by Chris Offutt
  38. Legend of a Suicide, by David Vann
  39. The Murphy Stories, by Mark Costello
  40. The Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, by Philip K. Dick
  41. Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever, by Justin Taylor
  42. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, by ZZ Packer
  43. How to Breathe Underwater, by Julie Orringer
  44. Through the Safety Net, by Charles Baxter
  45. Drown, by Junot Diaz
  46. The Dead Fish Museum, by Charles D’Ambrosio
  47. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, by Wells Tower
  48. The Collected Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Andrew Hurley
  49. The Secret Lives of People in Love, by Simon Van Booy
  50. How to Escape a Leper Colony, by Tiphanie Yanique
  51. Do Not Deny Me, by Jean Thompson

Literary Partners