Laura Mayer is an Associate Producer at WNYC.
Talk to Me: Big Money for Short Stories
Friday, April 30, 2010
The Story Prize is an annual book award that recognizes outstanding short fiction. The authors are judged for their collections of short stories, and the winner of the prize receives $20,000. Two other finalists also receive $5,000 awards. This year’s Story Prize went to author Daniyal Mueenuddin. The Pakistani-American writer and the two other finalists read from their works at the awards ceremony held at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium.
Stream and download the readings by the three Story Prize finalists here.
Daniyal Mueenuddin read from his Story Prize-winning In Other Rooms, Other Wonders — a collection featuring eight stories, which follow K.K. Harouni, a powerful Pakinstani landowner.
Victoria Patterson reads from Drift. Her book details characters on the fringes of wealthy, image-conscious Newport Beach, California. This selection features the tender, yet distant, relationship between a drifter and an old woman.
Wells Tower reads from his collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, which follows, among other things, the goings-on aboard a Viking ship.