Friday, May 02, 2008

New stories due from Proulx in September

Jenny Shank reports at New West that Annie Proulx's new book of stories of people who inhabit "pioneer country" (a.k.a. "Wyoming") will be out in September. "Fine Just the Way it Is" is Annie's third story collection set in Wyoming. The first was "Close Range," which included "Brokeback Mountain," which now is a book and a movie unto itself. The first edition of that book was illustrated (in color) by Denver watercolor artist William Matthews. It now sells for a pretty penny. The second collection was "Bad Dirt." Prior to these flurries of stories, Annie was best known as winner of the Pulitzer Prize for "Shipping News," set in Newfoundland. She lives in the Platte River Valley near Saratoga, Wyoming.

If you don't have time to sit down and read "Close Range," there's a terrific audiobook. Three actors are featured and take turns reading. One of the best driving-across-vast-distances-listening-to-fiction experiences you can have.

Jenny picked up the tip on the new Proulx book from the Buzz Girl blog ("a publishing insider gets the skinny on tomorrow's bestsellers") at Buzz Girl originally had the release date in June but then amended that for us readers anxious for the new book.

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