Maine-born author Morgan Talty’s debut book continues to receive rave reviews.
His book Night of the Living Rez was named one of three finalists this week for The Story Prize, which honors American short story collections.
Other finalists are former National Book Award winner Andrea Barrett’s “Natural History” and Lynn Ma’s “Bliss Montage.” Three of the 119 entries were selected.
Winners of the $20,000 Story Prize will be announced on March 15.
Talty, who lives in the Levant just outside Bangor, published “Night of the Living Rez” this summer to widespread acclaim. This is a collection of 12 of his interconnected short stories based on his Indian reservation of Penobscot where he grew up.
The book has appeared on numerous national “Best of 2022” lists (Time, NPR, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, etc.), has already won the New England Book Award in the fiction category, and is a finalist in the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction. selected for the list. .
The Story Prize was founded by Julie Lindsey in 2004 and directed by Larry Dark, who was series editor of the annual short story anthology Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards from 1997 to 2002. increase. Funded by the Chisholm Foundation. .
“We continue to be amazed at the scope and diversity of the collection of short stories we read each year. These three books are beautifully written, original, and each story in each book cohesive. It contributes to an impactful whole,” Dark said in a statement announcing the finalists.
Past winners of the Story Award include writers with ties to Maine. Anthony Doerr (“Memory Wall”), Elizabeth Strout (“Anything Is Possible”) and Rick Bass (“For a Little While”). Doerr graduated from his Bowdoin College, Strout is a part-time Maine resident, and Bass taught in his Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, where Talty was one of his mentees. I’m here.
At the March 15 announcement, all three 2023 finalists will be interviewed and their work read aloud.
In addition to writing his next book, Talty is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maine.
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