The Best American collections are a hallmark compendium of contemporary writing. On October 26, in celebration of The Best American Short Stories 2017's release, join authors and editors at Belmont Books to discuss the collection with one of this year's Best American authors, Sonya Larson. The conversation will include Larson, Laura van den Berg (The Isle of Youth, Find Me), and Heidi Pitlor, longtime series editor for Best American Short Fiction. This year's collection was guest edited by Meg Wolitzer (The Interestings), who is "almost crushingly insightful; she doesn't just mine the contemporary mind, she seems to invade it" (San Francisco Chronicle), making her the perfect person to helm this literary time capsule of a collection.
Sonya Larson’s short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, the American Literary Review, Poets & Writers, Audible.com, and elsewhere. She has received awards and honors from Glimmer Train, Meridian, the American Literary Review, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is at work on a novel about a Chinese community living in rural Mississippi in the 1930s, which earned her an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation.
Laura van den Burg's first novel, Find Me, published by FSG in 2015, was selected as a “Best Book of 2015” by NPR, Time Out New York, and BuzzFeed, among others, in addition to being longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize. She is also the author of two collections of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009) and The Isle of Youth (FSG, 2013). At present, Laura lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, the writer Paul Yoon, and their dog, Oscar. She is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard University.
Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage. A former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, she has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. Her writing has been published in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Regis University in Denver. She lives with her twin daughter and son and her husband outside Boston.
Best-selling author Meg Wolitzer guest edits the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction.