THE O’HENRY PRIZE STORIES 100th ANNIVERSARY EDITION edited by Laura Furman arrives this month. (Anchor • On Sale: 9/10/19 • Price: $15.95 • ISBN: 9780525565536).
Now celebrating its centenary, this prestigious annual anthology gathers the twenty best new short stories published in the previous year. An Anchor Books Original, THE O’ HENRY PRIZE STORIES 2019 continues a century-long tradition of cutting-edge literary excellence.
This year’s stories were chosen from the thousands published in magazines over the previous year. The winning writers are an impressive mix of celebrated names and new, emerging voices. Their stories evoke lives both near and distant, in settings ranging from Jamaica, Houston, and Hawaii to a Turkish coal mine and a drought-ridden Northwestern farm, and feature an engaging array of characters, including Laotian refugees, a Columbian kidnap victim, an eccentric Irish schoolteacher, a woman haunted by a house that cleans itself, and a strangely long-lived rabbit.
The uniformly breathtaking stories are accompanied by essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines. Some of these writers also have film/TV credits which Authorlink has added below.
John Edgar Wideman appeared as himself on the TV series, ESPN SportsCentury (2000), and earlier appeared as himself as a guest on the TV series, CHARLIE ROSE, and FRONTLINE.