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Monday, December 21, 2009

Wednesday, December 23 - Best American

Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The Best American Short Stories series, published by Houghton Mifflin, has established itself as a must-own collection over nearly 100 years of publishing and thirty of presenting what an impressive list of guest writers choose as his or her favorites. Representative, sometimes idiocyncratic, the results are debated, celebrated, questioned, studied, in every way making the Best American Short Stories necessary year-end reading. My guest today is the novelist Heidi Pitlor, who holds the difficult if enviable job of working with that rotating lineup of authors - this year, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) whose final selections make up the annual issue’s table of contents. Heidi Pitlor is herself author of a novel, The Birthdays, which Margot Livesy calls “An exhilarating debut." Since 2007 Pitlor has served as the series editor of the Best American Short Stories, and I thought that today I might start what will I hope be a tradition and check in with its editor, remind listeners of this terrific institution, and review the contents of the current volume. Thanks for listening. Happy Holidays.

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