Saturday, December 31, 2016

Deal Me In!

Bibliophilopolis is hosting a short story challenge in 2017 (the 7th annual) in which you select which short story to read based on a list and a card draw.
To select my stories I gathered some TBR collections of stories from my shelves and decided on a theme for each suit to guide my choices. If I post about any of the stories during the year I will come back to this post and add links to the story posts. My plan is to draw my card each Wednesday evening.

HEARTS (Writers & Writing)
These essays all come from Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers which I got for Christmas --Thanks Mom!)

A= "Salman Rushdie" by Martin Amis [1-4-2017]
1= "Eudora Welty" by Willie Morris
2= "Josephine Tey" by Francis Wheen [1-25-2017]
3= "Ward Just" by David Halberstam [12-4-17]
4= "His Jewish Question" by Arthur Miller
5= "Dorthy Parker" by Christopher Hitchens [12-4-17]
6= "Kay Thompson" by Marie Brenner
7= "Willa Cather" by Truman Capote
8= "Reynolds Price" by Anne Tyler
9= "Grace Metalious" by Michael Callahan [7-22-17]
10= "e. e. cummings" by Susan Cheever [7-22-17]
J= "Ishmael Beah" by Dave Eggers
Q= "Judy Blume" by Meg Wolitzer
K= "Christopher Hitchens" by Salman Rushdie

I have several volumes from the Akashic Noir series in my TBR pile and these stories come from those books.

A= "The Confidential Informant" by George Pelecanos (DC) [11-23-17]
1= "Pretty Little Parasite" by David Corbett (Las Vegas)
2= "The Third Circle" by Frank Norris (San Francisco 2)
3= "The Bottom Line" by James Grady (DC) [11-22-17]
4= "Knives in the Dark" by Don Herron (San Francisco 2) [2-16-17]
5= "Disappear" by Jaq Greenspon (Las Vegas)
6= "The Scorched Face" by Dashiell Hammett (San Francisco 2)
7= "Solomon's Alley" by Robert Andrews (DC) [11-21-17]
8= "East of the Sun" by Jennifer Howard (DC) [11-23-17]
9= "Deceptions" by Marcia Muller (San Francisco 2) [1-22-2017]
10= "Atomic City" by Nora Pierce (Las Vegas)
J= "Coyote Hunt" by Ruben Castaneda (DC) [11-21-17]
Q= "The Black Hole of San Francisco" by Mark Twain (San Francisco 2)
K= "Murder is Academic" by Felicia Campbell (Las Vegas)

CLUBS (Grab bag)
These are essays and stories from various books (Wreck of the Godspeed by J. P. Kelly; Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman; and The Dolphin Reader) with no particular connection to each other.

A= "The Wreck of the Godspeed" by James Patrick Kelly
1= "Technology and Democracy" by Daniel Boorstin
2= "The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman [7-17-17]
3= "Are Women Human?" by Dorthy Sayers
4= "Jerusalem" by Neil Gaiman  [7-17-17]
5= "Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor
6= "The Dark Side of Town" by James Patrick Kelly [1-11-17]
7= "We are the Crazy Lady and other Feisty Feminist Tales" by Cynthia Ozick
8= "Professions for Women" by Virginia Woolf
9= "Art for Art's Sake" by E. M. Forster
10= "Sightseer" by Walker Percy
J= "Orange" by Neil Gaiman  [7-15-17]
Q= "Writing and Typing" by John Kenneth Galbraith
K= "Diamonds and Pearls: A Fairy Tale" by Neil Gaiman [7-22-17]

DIAMONDS (Art and Artists)
These stories come from the Everyman's Pocket Classics Collection Stories of Art and Artists which was a gift last Christmas --Thanks Vicki!)

A= "How Wang-Fo was Saved" by Marguerite Yourcenar
1= "The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe
2= "A Portrait" by Guy de Maupassant
3= "The Red-haired Girl" by Penelope Fitzgerald
4= "The Real Thing" by Henry James [2-1-2017]
5= "The Limner" by Julian Barnes
6= "Varengeville" by William Boyd
7= "A Brush" by John Berger [8-8-17]
8= "Two Potters" by Doris Lessing [7-22-17]
9= "A Lamia in the Cevennes" by A. S. Byatt
10= "Rembrandt's Hat" by Bernard Malamud [8-8-17]
J= "Jonas, or The Artist at Work" by Albert Camus [2-8-2017]
Q= "The Painter" by Hermann Hesse
K= "The Artist of the Beautiful" by Nathaniel Hawthorne


  1. Intriguing selection of short works! Writers on Writers sounds great. Happy Reading New Year!

  2. I'm also intrigued by the Writers on Writers book. I feel a download in my future... :-) I'm also a huge fan of Daniel Boorstin and happy to see him make an appearance (his first, if I'm not mistaken) on someone's DMI roster!


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