WORD on the street (NYC: on the W between Lexington and 5th Ave.)

WORD on the street, Friday 3/12 (W between Lexington and 5th Ave.)The Sun and Anchor introduces WORD ON THE STREET. Here Roving Vintage Bloggers ask smart, funny (and friendly) readers what they’ve chosen and why.

We can’t be everywhere, so if you’re reading a V/A title you love, send us a photo and let us know!

Julianne, reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

1. Why did you choose this book?

The cover seemed interesting.

2. Do you like it?

Yes, (but she is only on page 6). 

3. What are your favorite books?

Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and A Confederacy of Dunces (by John Kennedy Toole).

4. Do you judge books by their covers?

Yes. (see no.1)

5. What did you have for breakfast?

Nothing yet.

WORD on the street, Saturday 3/13 (Greyhound station at White River Junction, VT)WORD on the street, Saturday 3/13 (Greyhound station at White River Junction, VT)

Anna, reading The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008

1.Why did you choose this book?

I was looking for something random to distract me from classes. It’s from the Dartmouth College library.

2. Do you like it?

Yes. 

3. What are your favorite books?

I’ve read mostly books on neuroscience.

4. Do you judge books by their covers?

A cover should be intriguing.

5. What did you have for breakfast?

A bagel with cream cheese.

Vintage will spend Wednesday…

idlewild_booksAt the launch party for the first PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories collection. It seems appropriate that the most international collection yet (since 1919) will be celebrated at the bookstore about places.

Confirmed appearances by:

Graham Joyce

Kristen Sundberg Lunstrum

L. E. Miller

Karen Brown

Mohan Sikka

Roger Nash

Caitlin Horrocks

Viet Dinh

Marisa Silver

Andrew Sean Greer

Manuel Muñoz

Two Literary Lions Merge

Ranging from the economic challenges facing many publishing houses to the rise of the Kindle, and the sad farewell to literary legend John Updike, it’s been a particularly challenging year for the published short story.

Until now.

For the first time ever Anchor Books and the PEN American Center are partnering and making publishing history with this year’s PEN/O.HENRY 2009 PRIZE STORIES. As The New York Times notes, This partnership is historic for a number of reasons, not the least of it is that it marks the first time PEN has ever honored the short story, proceeds from the collection will be directed to PEN’s Readers & Writers Program and winners will be honored in PEN’s annual literary awards gala taking place next month.