Remember the anti-plagiarism day? Remember the whole ghastly “one writer in a workshop stole from another writer” thing? Ugh. It’s uncomfortable. I want to look away. I want to look. I don’t want to be involved, and yet as writers we are all involved really. It’s our duty to speak out. Isn’t it? Anyway, seems like it’s all out in the open at How Publishing really Works. Look. Don’t look. Ghastly innit!
I have a small piece up at Jane Smith’s interesting “How publishing really works” blog. It is part of a trio regarding Tania Hershman’s publication of her debut collection The White Road and Other Stories.
The shortlist for the Orange Award for New Writers was announced today, and with it the old debate starts up amongst some as to whether or not a women only prize is needed/relevant/okay.
I sometimes feel like saying, well, yes, it is indeed needed, because the whole world seems to still take men more seriously than women. But then I get sucked into a tedious bout of discussion about the details, and I can’t be bothered right now. Besides which I have just read a very much more reasonable post about that subject at Eve’s Alexandria so I think I’ll ask you to read that instead.
Much more exciting to me than the 3 authors shortlisted is that the judges chose to commend two new writers. And one of them is the super writer (and friend of this blog) Tania Hershman
Chair of judges Mishal Husain said “We were deeply impressed by the tremendous quality of this year’s new writers, it was a very competitive field and therefore an excruciating process to choose just three of the 80 books we read… We would also like to commend two other authors, Tania Hershman and CE Morgan, whose work stood out for its remarkable quality. We look forward to seeing more of their writing in the future.”
Tania also gets a mention at the BBC.
Wheeeeee! Warm and hearty congratulations Tania.
Yay! It’s “my” short story display case.
I love the fact that I get to maintain a short story section in the shop. I change it often, try to keep it fresh and enticing, but I always keep Janice Galloway‘s collection “Where you find it” in there. You may or may not recall me blogging about how much I LOVE this book here and here. I am delighted to say that we have now sold 50 copies. How cool is that!
I also keep Sylvia Plath’s “Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams” there, because, well, it’s Sylvia.
You will currently find Tania Hershman, Lee Rourke, Claire Wigfall, William Trevor, Charles Bukowski, Katherine Mansfield, Richard Yates, Miranda July, Vanessa Gebbie, Ali Smith, Alison MacLeod, Neil Smith, Tao Lin, Sara Maitland, Jhumpa Lahri and Jay McInerney in the case. We have sold out of Lorrie Moore for now.
Short stories are coooool.
Two reviews of mine have just gone live at Pulp Net. Kuzhali Manickavel and Tania Hershman have written very different debut story collections, but I can whole heartedly recommend both, and its not often I can say that!
Today see’s the publication of “The White Road and Other Stories” by Tania Hershman. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet, but I have read quite a few of her stories before, so feel confident in recommending you check them out.
I am very much looking forward to getting this collection. (Drums fingers a little impatiently.)
Whooo hoooo Tania, you go girl!