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New with Guernica, Two Stories Every Two Weeks

For years, I made sure that Guernica ran at least one story, every two weeks.

Doing that worked well (very well in fact, we won many awards and published many top writers). But—and this was important—there were so many other stories we couldn’t publish because just didn’t have the space.

But now that’s changed: now we publish at least two stories, every two weeks, for a minimum of four stories a month.

This issue: fiction from Jamie Quatro; a story from evangelical America. A man suffering from depression gets an “anointing” of sacred oil.

And “Debriefing” from E.C. Osondu (who we’ve published before when he won the Caine Prize for African Writing). E.C.’s story is wonderful: it’s advice for illegal immigrants from Nigeria on how to make it here.


Faulty Plug-ins and Fiction Editing

A faulty plug-in crashed my site and left it a total wreck. It was awful, but all is fine now.

In the intervening period, I’ve been editing a short story collection from a Canadian writer that’s set in the area just north of Detroit.

I’m also preparing for a new job: writing a piece about a Renaissance family that’s far more interesting “family” than New York’s Colombo Crime Family; compared with them, the Five Families look like the Brady Bunch.

Book Party for E.C. Osondu’s Voice of America in NYC

The Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard St, New York, NY

Tuesday, November 2, 7–9 p.m.

E.C. Osondu
I picked his story, “Waiting” out of the slush pile. It went on to win the 2009 Caine Prize, Africa’s leading literary prize. (It beat out the Paris Review for the award.) The Chair of Judges, New Statesman Chief Sub-Editor Nana Yaa Mensah called it “a tour de force, powerfully written with not an ounce of fat on it—and deeply moving.”

You’re invited. It’s Free.

Jonathan Franzen and Mary Gaitskill on Osondu
“E.C. Osondu is a man with a clear head and a great ear, writing from crucial places.”—Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections.

“With observant wonder and subtle humor, [Osondu] portrays…our unique capacity for hope and hopelessness rolled together.” —Mary Gaitskill, author of Bad Behavior and Veronica

My PR Quote on the party
Guernica is proud to have been a vital part of E.C. Osondu’s career—after all, that’s why our editors work on the magazine. We want to showcase the unexpected, whether its fiction, poetry, or hard-hitting nonfiction. But also, we love to host a variety of cultural events, from Pen World Voices to our get-together salons. This book party for E.C. promises to be one of our best.”

Browse inside his book, here.

New Fiction on Guernica

I’m not sure how many fiction pieces I’ve edited at Guernica–maybe about 100 (an exhausting thing to contemplate).

This week, we have Leora Skolkin-Smith’s short story, “The Fragile Mistress,” which is an excerpt from the novel of the same name.

Provenance on this one is difficult: it’s an unpublished excerpt from a previously published novel (published by Grace Paley in 2005). That novel was called Edges.

The book has since been expanded to include other scenes that had been cut (you could call the newer version a writer’s cut, I suppose).

The novel was re-titled. Now it’s called The Fragile Mistress and will soon be published in the U.K.

Also, it will soon be a movie; it’s now in pre-production with Triboro Pictures and will be shot in the Middle East, along with New York and London.

What’s it about? Isreal and Jordan in 1963. A girl and her disappearance. Stuff of which great stories are made.

Read it here

New Fiction on Guernica, by Justo Arroyo

The Question,” by Justo Arroyo translated from Spanish by Seymour Menton

“Such fiery pupils—your immediate reaction is to avoid them. But the old man knows it, and he keeps looking at you until you have no other choice but to return his look, even when the fire in his eyes forces you to recognize his existence, which is exactly what it’s all about.”

Continue reading New Fiction on Guernica, by Justo Arroyo

New fiction on Guernica–from Marie Myung-Ok

It’s called “A Meeting,” which is Korean slang for “group date.”

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of the novel, Somebody’s Daughter. Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Witness, and TriQuarterly and has been short-listed for the O. Henry awards. Nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. She is writer-in-residence at Brown University and also teaches there.

Do I need to mention once more that Esquire loves us?

New Fiction on Guernica

The Seven Credos and Guest Fiction Editor Ben Marcus

Acclaimed author Ben Marcus, acting as Guernica‘s Guest Fiction Editor, has chosen seven writers for October and November. Knowing that “no one trusts a barking anthologist, beating his chest over the specialness and artistic diversity of his enterprise,” Marcus has asked each writer to share a personal credo. To read Marcus’s essay, click here.

October and November Fiction for Guernica Chosen by Ben Marcus
Dyannah Byington; Matthew Derby; Doug Elsass; Rozalia Jovanovic; Deb Olin Unferth; Joe Wenderoth; April Wilder

New fiction on Guernica

Waiting by E.C. Osondu
Nigerian writer and Caine Prize Finalist Osondu examines life in a refugee camp: “My friends in the camp are known by the inscriptions written on their t-shirts. Acapulco wears a t-shirt with the inscription, Acapulco. Sexy’s t-shirt has the inscription Tell Me I’m Sexy. Paris’s t-shirt says See Paris And Die.

Postcards from the Museum of Olivia by Eric Kraft

Kraft, acclaimed author of the novels Little Follies, Where Do You Stop?, What a Piece of Work I Am, Herb ‘n’ Lorna, Reservations Recommended, At Home With the Glynns, and Flying (to be published in 2009 by Picador), contributes the story of the town of Olivia, which requires an admission fee, because “the Town of Olivia is the Museum of Olivia.”

The Woman on the Tape by Anya Yurchyshyn
Yurchyshyn writes of Junie, a twentysomething “orphan” who tries gain a sense of normality after the death of her parents.

New fiction on Guernica

The Memoirs and Prison Journal of Horace W. Redpole, 1793-1794
by Paul Gregory Himmelein

Grandmother was sprawled upon the couch in a heap of black crinoline; her shockingly white legs were raised in the air. Mr. Sparrow supported himself in a very precarious position and did not look the least bit comfortable but was busy grinding his privates into Grandmother’s, much like a mortar and pestle.

New Fiction in Guernica Magazine

* Susan Daitch’s “All that is Solid” asks, what would it be like to work in the Empire State Building if/when another great ape decides to climb it?

Susan read this story at the Brooklyn Public Library (a reading she did with Ben Marcus) and gave Guernica a shout-out. Thanks Susan.

* A new story by Amy Brill, “Something so Nice for Nobody,” thrusts the reader into a world filled with people struggling to find love.