I would have announced this sooner, but I took at week-long internet break (inspired by Bookbii) and it was lovely.
Thank you to everyone who entered. I asked you to tell me about a great short story collection as part of your entry, and did you guys ever come through. Below is the full list of recommendations:
- Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by Alice Munro
- Minnie’s Room: The Peacetime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes
- A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
- A Summer Tragedy by Arna Bontemps
- The Complete Stories of Franz Kafka
- The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis
- Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus
- The Swimmer by John Cheever
- The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol
- All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
- The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost Stories
- Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
- The Great Profundo and Other Stories by Bernard MacLaverty
- My Devils by Brian Doyle, in The Best Small Fictions 2017
- The Boat by Alistair MacLeod
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- Nothing Goes to Waste by Hugh Howley
- The Venus Effect by Joseph Allen Hill, in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
- The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado
And my recent short story reads:
- The Dark and Other Love Stories by Deborah Willis. Echoed by a contest entrant above, I’m disappointed this didn’t make the Giller Prize shortlist. A near-perfect collection. It is dark, there is love, so it even lives up to the title.
- Annie Muktuk and Other Stories by Norma Dunning. Another near-perfect collection from a debut author. I met Norma last week (at RISE Book Club, check it out if you’re in Edmonton), and she’s such a patient and generous person! And a good reader. She talked about how she practices reading stories aloud before going to a reading, and it shows.