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Who Says Size Matters?: Short Story Collections That Belong on Every Novel-Reader’s Shelf

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On the difference between short stories and novels, Stephen King described the former as “a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” His meaning? While they may lack the length of traditional novels, short stories certainly aren’t lacking in depth—just as a kiss carries its own special magic, without the commitment of a serious relationship. The collections below are testaments to the unique power of the short story. Individual snapshots of husbands and wives, sons and daughters, are connected by central themes—whether those be love, grief, hope, or loneliness. Together, they form a cohesive whole that portrays the ups and downs of the human experience, while packing the emotional punches you’d find in the best novels. A Model World, Michael…

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Give the Gift of Reading: Books for Every Reader on Your List

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. There’s something so special about giving the right book as a gift. You’re providing hours of entertainment, a beautiful keepsake object, and, sometimes, entry into an entirely new world. A gift card can’t do that. 2017 was a great year for books, meaning there are tons of new releases to choose from when selecting the perfect present for your favorite reader. Here, we’ve rounded up some great picks from every genre. To put the finishing touch on your wrapping job, check out our holiday gift tags. For the Short Story Buff Homesick for Another World, Ottessa Moshfegh Ottessa Moshfegh may have first garnered recognition for her novel, Eileen, but her short fiction is just…

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Kiss From a Rose: Award-Winning Author Rose Tremain on Writing and ‘Mastering’ Oneself

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Set in Switzerland during World War II , Rose Tremain’s literary masterpiece, The Gustav Sonata, follows the life of Gustav Perle, who is taught at a young age by his mother to master himself, and his emotions – to be neutral like Switzerland in the war. When he begins a friendship with Anton, the young Jewish boy and piano-playing prodigy in his class, Gustav is instantly struck by the comparison between Anton’s supportive and loving family life, and his own, colder relationship with his mother; what begins as an unlikely childhood friendship, becomes a lifelong relationship. Spanning six decades, this novel is a heartbreaking, wonderful story of conscience, friendship, love, and the consequences and legacy of war. Booktrib recently interviewed Rose Tremain about…

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Could Your Short Story Get You on NPR?

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My first time listening to Selected Shorts on NPR was also my first real driveway moment. I was spellbound and couldn’t open the car door until I’d heard the rest of the story. There was something about a gifted actor reading a piece of fiction just meant to fit into a certain timeframe that was absolutely mesmerizing. Since then I’ve been absolutely hooked and attending a live recording at Symphony Space in New York City is on my “must see” list for 2016. And that story could even be yours. Here’s how: Selected Shorts has just announced that the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize writing competition is accepting stories of 750 words or less until midnight EST on March…

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Dear Reader Contest 1st Runner Up

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Dear Reader, The trick to writing is to not make a big deal out of it. Simply sit down, put your fingers on the keyboard, and tell us a real good story. Daniel Pickerill, this year’s 1st Runner-up in the Write a Dear Reader Contest, did just that. He wrote a lovely story. Dan is an engineer and says he doesn’t have a lot of options to be creative, so he thought entering the contest might be fun. When I asked him if he’d written anything before, he told me “many years ago in school,” he won a short story contest. He does keep a journal, but he says, “It’s pretty boring. I just write about what I did every…

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A book of histories found within objects: BookTrib talks to Aurelie Sheehan

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Aurelie Sheehan is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories—most recently, Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories (BOA Editions, 2013). Her writing is funny, intimate, and occasionally mordant—like a conversation you wish to be included in. Sheehan has received a Pushcart Prize, a Camargo Fellowship, and the Jack Kerouac Literary Award. She teaches fiction at the University of Arizona in Tucson. You can learn more about her at www.aureliesheehan.com.   Can you explain the origin of Jewelry Box? I wrote Jewelry Box over many years, in rushes of inspiration, in between drafts of two or three novels and longer stories. It began like this: I had just finished a draft of The Anxiety of Everyday Objects [Penguin…

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