On August 17, Algonquin will publish its 25th volume of New Stories from the South, guest edited this year by short story master Amy Hempel. Hempel has selected 25 stories by 24 authors (yes, one author, Brad Watson, has two phenomenal stories in the collection) for this deluxe anniversary edition. Keep your eye on the Algonquin Blog this week for giveaways, as well as interviews with Kathy Pories, Series Editor; Wells Tower, contributor; Amy Hempel; and Shannon Ravenel, founding Series Editor.
The complete list of authors featured in New Stories from the South, 2010:
Bret Anthony Johnston
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Laura Lee Smith
To kick off the week, read “Small and Heavy World” by Ashleigh Pedersen. Remember her name–she’s a rising star.
What begins as a fantastical story of a small Southern town’s populace living in trees after a devastating flood becomes a serious and sensitive portrayal of a strained marriage told through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Rayanne. Pedersen’s gorgeous style twists from jarring to quirky, from sweet to grotesque, all the while drawing you into her world and making you care for all her characters. Enjoy! –Ana (Publishing Coordinator)
Small and Heavy World
By Ashleigh Pedersen
Excerpt from New Stories from the South 2010
Ashleigh Pedersen recently earned her MFA from University of Pittsburgh. She currently lives in Austin, TX, where she writes, works, swims, and soaks up all the outstanding dive bar honky tonk.