BOOKS AND BEYOND: THE GREENWOOD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEW AMERICAN READING (Ken Womack, Editor, four volumes, hardcover, 2008).
I recently got the news that my 7,500-word (plus) article on flash fiction that's to be part of a four-volume work on contemporary American fiction will be released in October, 2008. The title of the project is BOOKS AND BEYOND: THE GREENWOOD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEW AMERICAN READING.
The Amazon site (where they're taking preorders) says: "each entry is written by an expert contributor and provides a definition of the genre, an overview of its history, a look at trends and themes, a discussion of authors and works, and suggestions for further reading." It also says, "More than 80 alphabetically arranged entries summarize the state of popular literature in America today."
You can see the other details at :
It was a tough job researching and writing the article (took a long time, too), but I'm pleased with how it turned out. So many people were so helpful in providing me with good information--especially Kent Dixon, Robert Shapard,and Jessica Treat thank you so much, Kent, Robert, and Jessica for all the wonderful material you sent me. I'm looking forward to seeing all four volumes of the Greenwood Encyclopedia in October.