Saturday, September 29, 2007

Flash/Sudden/Micro Fiction continues to grow in reader popularity.

Two new Flash/ Sudden anthologies are available and they are just as excellent as the earlier anthologies. One is New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond, edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas (New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.) Some of the authors included are Tobias Wolff, Sam Shepard, Aimee Bender, Nadine Gordimer, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Pia Z. Ehrhardt, Peter Markus, Deb Olin Unferth, and many others. Outstanding reading, as usual.

The other anthology is from the same editors as above and is titled FlashFiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories (New York: W.W. Norton., 2007). Some of the authors include Paul Theroux, Alison Townsend, Ron Carlson, Lydia Davis, Dave Eggers, Donald Hall, Grace Paley, Robert Coover, Barbara Jacksha, Utahna Faith (Jacksha and Faith are two writers I've workedwith for years in my flash fiction workshop), Amy Hempel, Etgar Keret, Pamela Painter, Bruce Holland Rogers, Mark Budman, and many other fine writers.

Readers who love literary flash fiction will no doubt love these anthologies too.



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