Join acclaimed, bestselling author Meg Wolitzer and series editor Heidi Pitlor for a discussion of the latest volume of The Best American Short Stories. This series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best pieces to publish. Wolitzer and Pitlor will share their process for putting together the 2017 edition and address the questions they are most commonly asked by readers – What makes a short story the “best”? What are the trends in current fiction? What did they look for in selecting the stories that appear in this book?
Meg Wolitzer’s novels include The Interestings, The Uncoupling, The Ten-Year Nap, The Position, and The Wife. She is also the author of a novel for middle-grade readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, and a novel for young adults, Belzhar. Wolitzer’s short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize. A faculty member of the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton, in September 2013 along with singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche she was a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier program at Princeton 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, The Huffington Post, Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, 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.
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