Today’s top book news item:
English novelist Hilary Mantel, who has twice won the Booker Prize, is said to be taking a break from writing about Tudors to publish a short-story collection titled The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher. The Guardian notes, “Few clues are forthcoming from her publisher at 4th Estate. According to her editor, Nicholas Pearson, ‘Where her last two novels explore how modern England was forged, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher shows us the country we have become.’ “ The Telegraph adds that "Mantel’s publishers have not confirmed plotlines, but have said that the book features the late former prime minister as a character in 10 stories with ‘contemporary settings.’”
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My story, “Wolverton Station,” is out in every eBook format imaginable today. If eBooks had flaps, this would be the flap copy:
Saunders made his fortune as a hatchet man for hire and “The Woodcutter” has brought his sharpest axe to England to do what he does best: maximize corporate profits by chopping down the little guy. But his train north is about to make an unexpected stop in the deep dark woods, to let on some hairy-handed gents straight out of the darkest kind of fairy tale. Now “The Woodcutter” is up to his ankles in blood and finding out just what it really means to live in a dog-eat-dog world…
"Wolverton Station" was first published a few years ago in Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (Subterranean Press). I *think* this is its first wider release.
Can’t get enough of Joe Hill? Now read his short story as an ebook.
Too often short story collections and small press titles get lost in the shuffle of best books lists, but here’s a great list compiled by my colleague Barbara Hoffert to peruse for your 2013 reading.
If you didn’t get a chance to read it yesterday, check it out now!
So many eye-popping short story collections, so many revelatory small-press literary novels, and such little space on those end-of-the-year Best lists.…Since I get far too much good material throughout the year to review comfortably, I take pleasure in end-of-the-year combing so that I can boost the books I could not let go, that I returned to relentlessly, that hint at authors worthy of watching that adventurous readers should investigate now.
From Barbara Hoffert, Goodbye 2012: Terrific Story Collections and Small-Press Bests
Five years after the debut of his first novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” Junot Díaz, below, is coming out with a new book in September, his publisher is expected to announce on Monday. “This Is How You Lose Her,” a collection of short stories, will be released by Riverhead Books, part of Penguin Group USA. In a statement the publisher called the stories “by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender.”