Book Awards: January 2009 Archives

Joe Meno
Joe Meno
(Photo by John H. White/Sun-Times)


Chicago author Joe Meno is a finalist in the fifth annual Story Prize for outstanding short fiction for his most recent collection, Demons in the Spring (Akashic Books, $24.95).

Sun-Times theater critic and frequent book reviewer Hedy Weiss said Meno's stories were "thoroughly modern -- at once quirky and accessible."

Meno is in good company. The other finalists are Jhumpa Lahiri for Unaccustomed Earth (Knopf, $25) and Tobias Wolff for Our Story Begins (Knopt, $26.95).

"Short fiction of this caliber should be on everyone's reading list," wrote Sun-Times book reviewer Mary Houlihan of Lahiri's collection. Reviewer John Barron wrote that Wolff's book "offers both greatest hits and evidence of Wolff's continued prowess."

The winner, who receives $20,000, will be announced March 4.


Read full reviews of Demons in the Spring; Unaccustomed Earth; Our Story Begins.

Demons in the Spring Unaccustomed Earth Our Story Begins

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