Monday, November 01, 2010

“Hint Fiction” comes to Vroman’s Bookstore, November 3rd

I am delighted to be part of this new anthology from W. W. Norton, Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer, edited by Robert Swartwood.

From the publisher: The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story—"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.

Come join us for a reading from Hint Fiction featuring: Jenn Alandy, Jeremy D. Brooks, Daniel Olivas, Gay Degani, Robin Rozanski, A. J. Slye, and Robert Swartwood.

WHERE: Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
WHEN: Wednesday, November 3
TIME: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We suspect that you will have a good time...The New Yorker thinks so.

In honor of this new anthology, I invite you to post your own hint fiction in the comments to this post. You think it's easy? Come on, try it...I dare you.

1 comment:

  1. Okay, Dan, taking off on the Hemingway apocrypha:

    "Baby hated losing them but, licking blood off her unworn shoes, she posted the ad. Someone to fix her botella, could wait two weeks, easily."



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