New Stories Week New Stories From The South 2010

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:

Wells Tower
Dorothy Allison
Kevin Wilson
Padgett Powell
Wendell Berry
Elizabeth Spencer
Ron Rash
Rick Bass
Brad Watson
Bret Anthony Johnston
Danielle Evans
Tim Gautreaux

Ashleigh Pedersen
Adam Atlas
Megan Mayhew Bergman
George Singleton
Ben Stroud
Ann Pancake
Aaron Gwyn
Emily Quinlan
Stephen Marion
Kenneth Calhoun
Marjorie Kemper
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.

4 Comments On This Post:

August 16, 2010
4:49 pm
bermudaonion (Kathy) says...

I’m excited about this book! I was at an event for George Singleton and he read a story from it that was fantastic.

August 16, 2010
10:42 pm
Michael says...

Great! We’re big George Singleton fans around here.

August 17, 2010
3:31 pm
Doni Molony says...

Has it been 25 years…already???

August 17, 2010
5:04 pm
admin says...

Doni: I know, crazy, right?

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