5 Stellar Short Story Collections


People were quick to label 2013 the year of the short story, but in reality the format didn’t really die a tragic death and then suddenly return stronger than ever.  No, the short story has always been, and continues to be, an important part of modern literature.  Here we proudly present 5 stellar collections from the past few years that you may have missed.

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Best Read in 2013: A Top 20 Year-End List

Best Read In 2013

As we round the corner of Typographical Era’s first anniversary, we’ve decided to continue our Best Read in the year tradition, and what a year it has been!  Between translations, short stories, novels, memoirs, and essays, readers of all genres will surely find Typographical Era’s Best Read in 2013 list to be a great place to start for reading endeavors in 2014.  At least we hope so.  Here’s to a great year in reading and to another great year for Typographical Era.  Cheers!

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I Stole the Rain by Elisa Ruotolo


Slip into the shade

Long before Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature and the National Book Foundation all but assured George Saunders this year’s National Book Award for Fiction for his stunning collection Tenth of December, people “in the know” had been loudly proclaiming 2013 the year of the short story.  Someone even went so far as to put up a website specifically dedicated to spreading the word about short fiction. Not content with stopping there, they went that extra mile and created a YoSStini badge that you can proudly slap on everything within your digital domain so that you can proclaim to the world that you loves you some delicious shorts.  This grotesque piece of “art” is described by its creators as “one part deceptively simple syrup to two parts full-bodied booze with complex characters.”  Pass me the barf bag please.

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Fox 8 by George Saunders


What does the fox say?

The poor National Book Foundation. Desperate to shake things up and get people more interested in the act of reading it went ahead and made a number of significant changes to this year’s awards proceedings. The biggest of which were both the “exclusive” process of announcing of all of the nominees over a four day span instead of all at once and moving to a ten book longlist format for the first time ever. The problem? There isn’t much excitement to be found this year and absolutely no one will be surprised when George Saunders takes home the Fiction prize for his stunning collection Tenth of December in just a few short weeks.

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