Joe Meno up for the Story Prize
I've been remiss in posting about this, but the five-year-old Story Prize—awarded each year to the best book of short fiction—has announced its shortlist, and Chicago favorite Joe Meno is one of the three finalists for his book Demons in the Spring. He's up against some seriously stiff competition, including Pulitzer Prize–winner Jhumpa Lahiri (Unaccustomed Earth) and Tobias Wolff (Our Story Begins), who's considered by many to be the pre-eminent living author of the short story.
Not for nothing, Our Story Begins was my only six-star review of 2008, and my #1 book of the year. But I also added Meno's to our tops in Chicago list, largely because the book was so creative in its execution.
The three nominees were plucked from 73 submissions. The winner will be announced on March 4, and carries with it $20,000 in cash. Best of luck, Joe.