Now in its sixth year, the Story Prize, an annual award for books of short fiction, is pleased to honor three outstanding short story collections published in 2009. The three finalists, all debut collections, are:In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (W.W. Norton)Drift by Victoria Patterson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)These three books were selected from among 78 story collections from 53 different publishers or imprints. Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, which was also a finalist for the National Book Award, immerses readers in the colorful world of a vast estate in feudal Pakistan. Patterson's Drift presents connected stories about women and men struggling to find their place in wealthy Newport Beach, California. And eccentric characters in problematic relationships populate Tower's Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, which was also a finalist for the Frank O-Connor International Short Story Award.The three finalists for the 2010 Story Prize read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, the director of the award. The event culminates with the announcement of the winner and presentation of the prize: an engraved silver bowl and $20,000 in cash. Each runner-up receives $5,000.Co-sponsored by The New School's Writing Program and the Story Prize.moreless
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