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The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English

First published in 1987, The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories was hailed as “a world-class anthology” in The Washington Post Book World and as “a banquet of stories…to be savored and enjoyed over and over again” in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Now, in The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories, Margaret Atwood and Robert Weaver have compiled an updated anthology that surpasses the original in historical and regional balance while providing fiction lovers with another superb collection of works.
Featuring 45 stories, four more than in the first edition–including new stories by 18 of the writers featured in the original–The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories offers an engaging survey of Canada’s leading writers and finest short stories. Here readers will find gems by such writers as W. P. Kinsella, Morley Callaghan, Timothy Findlay, Matt Cohen, and many others. And of course, there are selections by some of Canada’s leading literary lights, including internationally known authors Alice Munro (“The Jack Randa Hotel”), Mavis Gallant (“Scarves, Beads, and Sandals”), and Atwood herself. But perhaps the most exciting feature is the presence of many new writers, including Thomas King, Carol Shields, Rohinton Mistry, and Dionne Brand–writers who underscore Atwood’s conviction that the Canadian short story will continue to grow, mutate, re-seed itself, and flourish.
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories, revised and updated, reflects the increasing diversity of the genre and the growing reputation of a new generation of Canadian writers. It belongs on the shelf of all aficionados of short fiction.

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Micro Fiction

Ten years ago, Jerome Stern, director of the writing program at Florida State, initiated the World’s Best Short Short Story Contest. Stories were to be about 250 words long; first prize was a check and a crate of oranges.

Two to three thousand stories began to show up annually in Tallahassee, and National Public Radio regularly broadcast the winner. But, more important, the Micro form turned out to be contagious; stories of this “lack of length” now dot the literary magazines. The time seemed right, then, for this anthology, presenting a decade of contest winners and selected finalists. In addition, Stern commissioned Micros, persuading a roster of writers to accept the challenge of completing a story in one page.

Jesse Lee Kercheval has a new spin on the sinking of the Titanic; Virgil Suarez sets his sights on the notorious Singapore caning; George Garrett conjures up a wondrous screen treatment pitch; and Antonya Nelson invites us into an eerie landscape. Verve and nerve and astonishing variety are here, with some wild denouements.

How short can a Micro be, you wonder. Look up Amy Hempel’s contribution, and you’ll see.

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The Wascana Anthology of Short Fiction

This anthology of short stories has been designed specifically as an instructional text for first-year university students. To explore the many dimensions of short narrative fiction, the collection includes traditional classics from European culture, from Chaucer to Gogol and Chekhov, and extends to popular and celebrated stories from contemporary writers. There is a decided emphasis on new stories from the Plains region of Canada and the United States. Guy Vanderhaeghe, Richard Ford, Margaret Laurence, Thomas King, Bonnie Burnard, Louise Erdrich–all of them present masterly tales with specific appeal to students at post-secondary institutions.

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Contemporary Iraqi Fiction

The first anthology of its kind in the West, Contemporary Iraqi Fiction gathers work from sixteen Iraqi writers, all translated from Arabic. Shedding a bright light on the rich diversity of Iraqi experience, Shakir Mustafa has included selections by Iraqi women, Iraqi Jews now living in Israel, and Christians and Muslims living both in Iraq and abroad.
While each voice is distinct, they are united in writing about a homeland that has suffered under repression, censorship, war, and occupation. Many of the selections mirror these grim realities, forcing the writers to open up new narrative terrains and experiment with new forms. Muhammad Khodayyir’s surrealist portraits of his home city, Basra, in an excerpt from Basrayatha and the magical realism of Mayselun Hadi’s “Calendars” both offer powerful expressions of the absurdity of everyday life.
Themes range from childhood and family to war, political oppression, and interfaith relationships. Mustafa provides biographical sketches of the writers and an enlightening introduction chronicling the evolution of Iraqi fiction.

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Sudden Fiction

“We who love prose fiction love these miniature tales both to read and to write because they are so finite; so highly compressed and highly charged.” Joyce Carol Oates

“People who like to skip can’t skip in a three-page story.” Grace Paley

“The short-short story is an exercise in virtuosity that tightens the circle of mystery surrounding what we know.” John L’Heureux

“It can do in a page what a novel does in two hundred. It covers years in less time, time in almost no time. It wants to deliver us to where we were before we began. Its aim is restorative, to keep us young.” Mark Strand

“There are, in truth, more kinds of short-short stories than I ever knew of or imagined. Wonderful! I rejoice in the richness and variety of all these voices.” George Garrett

“This collection represents the richness and variety of American writers. The 70 pieces themselves–highly compressed, often tantalizing–display a multiplicity of modes and derive them a variety of traditions.” Publishers Weekly

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The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

From the Publisher: Revised by celebrated novelist and short-fiction writer Richard Bausch, this edition continues to offer the most exciting blend of contemporary and classic short stories in a portable format. In this Shorter Seventh Edition, 72 stories by 68 authors are lightly supplemented by a general introduction, biographical notes, and essays written for the benefit of beginning writers.