short stories http://kmuw.org en Novak Masters Short Comedy In 'One More Thing' http://kmuw.org/post/novak-masters-short-comedy-one-more-thing <p></p><p>B.J. Novak cut his writing teeth on comedic TV scripts, most notably for "The Office" where he also played Ryan Howard.</p><p>Eventually, he got a book contract. Instead of a comic memoir, Novak set to work writing short fiction in <em>One More Thing: Stories and More Stories</em>.</p><p>Novak’s father was a ghost writer whose book <em>Iacocca</em> sold millions of copies but only paid a flat fee—from this, Novak learned how to negotiate the publishing world. He landed a six-figure, two-book contract with the most prestigious literary publishing company, Alfred A Knopf.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 30558 at http://kmuw.org Novak Masters Short Comedy In 'One More Thing' 'UnAmericans' Is Masterful And Messy http://kmuw.org/post/unamericans-masterful-and-messy <p></p><p>Named by the National Book Foundation as one of five authors under 35 to watch, Molly Antopol has distinguished herself as master of the short story in her debut collection <em>The UnAmericans: Stories</em>.</p><p>Antopol’s stories are mostly of American immigrants relocating for political reasons, but are not familiar tropes of an immigrant story. The humanity and vulnerability show how the universal dynamics of family and romantic love are equally nurturing, distancing, tender and messy.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 29308 at http://kmuw.org 'UnAmericans' Is Masterful And Messy Book Review: The News From Spain http://kmuw.org/post/book-review-news-spain <p>While you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the illustration on the cover&nbsp;of the <em>The News from Spain</em> by Joan Wickersham is somewhat telling of what's inside. A single red ribbon on a black background ties each of the stories together&nbsp;through theme and repeated phrases. The ribbon flows with&nbsp;no bows or knots, bleeding off the page. Similar in design, these stories are not wrapped in tidy packages. Sometimes they begin with no introduction and end abruptly, leaving the reader to speculate about what will happen next.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Beth Golay 7344 at http://kmuw.org Book Review: The News From Spain