Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Five Great Stories that grab you."

Electric Literature is just that, electric.

*What is Electric Literature? They are a bi-monthly anthology of short fiction that select stories charged with wit and emotional gravity right from the first sentence. You choose how you want to read them. They deliver content in every viable medium. Below are bios of the five authors featured in the newest issue.

T Cooper
is the author of the novels
LIPSHITZ SIX, OR TWO ANGRY BLONDES (Plume), and SOME OF THE PARTS (Akashic Books). T’s work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, and OUT Magazine.

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, FLESH AND BLOOD, THE HOURS, and SPECIMEN DAYS. THE HOURS won the 1999 PEN Faulkner and Pulitzer prizes.

Lydia Millet’s new collection of short stories, LOVE IN INFANT MONKEYS, will be published in October by Soft Skull Press. She’s the author of six novels, most recentlyHOW THE DEAD DREAM (2008). Her 2002 novel MY HAPPY LIFE won the PEN-USA Award for Fiction. Millet lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and two small children, where she works as a writer for a group that protects endangered species.

Jim Shepard
is the author of six novels, including most recently PROJECT X, and three story collections, including most recently LIKE YOU’D UNDERSTAND, ANYWAY, which was nominated for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, Tin House, The New Yorker and Playboy. He teaches at Williams College.

Diana Wagman is a novelist and screenwriter. She has three published novels: SKIN DEEP (University Press of Mississippi, 1997); SPONTANEOUS (St. Martin’s Press, 2000) which won the 2001 USA PEN West Literary Award for Fiction; and BUMP (Carroll & Graf, 2003). Her story, “What You See” was included in the anthology, Los Angeles Noir (Akashic, 2007). SKIN DEEP has been optioned for film five times. She’s written five adaptations and is sure the movie will never be made. Her one produced screenplay, “Delivering Milo” went straight to DVD and starred Albert Finney and Bridget Fonda. It is not her fault, not one line in the finished film was hers. She also writes book reviews for the The LA Times and teaches at Cal State, Long Beach.