National Book Critics Circle fiction prize goes to Edith Pearlman

Short story author Edith Pearlman took the big fiction prize at the National Book Critics Circle awards March 8, 2012, for her book Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories.
 
 
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March 9, 2012 - PRLog -- Short story author Edith Pearlman took the big fiction prize at the National Book Critics Circle awards March 8, 2012, for her book Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories, a collection of 34 Chekhov-like short stories that was also nominated for the National Book Award. The publication is the first from Lookout Books, a literary imprint of the University of North Carolina in Wilmington that is distributed by John F. Blair, Publisher, in Winston-Salem, and a triumph for Pearlman’s distinctive storytelling.

Pearlman's story collection was praised for its "lapidary language" and its "moments of grace." She thanked the NBCC for awarding the short story, a form often overlooked, and praised Lookout Books, "who chose me for their debut author." Said Pearlman, "Little presses and little magazines are dedicated to keeping literature alive, and they deserve thanks from every writer; tonight, particularly from me."

Binocular Vision is the first book to be nominated for the National Book Award, the Story Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the same year. While Binocular Vision was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction, the honor went to Jesmyn Ward for Salvage the Bones. The three finalists for the Story Prize, an annual award for books of short fiction chosen from among a field of 92 books that 60 different publishers or imprints submitted in 2011, are: The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo, We Others by Steven Millhauser, and Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman. The winner will be announced March 21, 2012.

John F. Blair, Publisher, has been publishing books on the southeastern United States since 1954 and distributes books for nearly 35 independent presses. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., this independent, family-owned company specializes in history, travel, folklore, biography, and fiction. Learn more at www.blairpub.com.

Lookout Books, a literary imprint based at UNC Wilmington, is the joint effort of The Publishing Laboratory, a teaching press where students learn the publishing process through apprenticeship, and Ecotone, the department’s award-winning national literary magazine. The press aims to bring attention to emerging and underrepresented writers, as well as overlooked gems by established authors. The editors solicit manuscripts from the pool of writers published in Ecotone.

Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories
Edith Pearlman
IBSN: 978-0-9823382-9-2
$18.95 paperback
392 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 inches
FIC029000 Fiction/Short Stories
FIC046000 Fiction/Jewish

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John F. Blair, Publisher, has been publishing books on the southeastern United States since 1954 and distributes books for nearly 35 independent presses. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., this independent, family-owned company specializes in history, travel, folklore, biography, and fiction. Learn more at www.blairpub.com.
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