Small Beer Press is proud to announce that Minneapolis-based poet and writer Alan DeNiro’s passionate and political debut fiction collection, Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead , (July 1, 2006 – $16 – ISBN: 1-931520-17-8) is on the 2006 Longlist for the Second Annual Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. At 35,000 euros (~$42,500), the award is the world’s richest prize for the short story form.
Author of a collection reminiscent of debuts by George Saunders and Aimee Bender, praised by leading short story writers Jonathan Lethem and Hannah Tinti, DeNiro, 32, was surprised and delighted: “It’s a thrill to be in such good company, for a prize that is doing a lot to foster appreciation and awareness of the short story throughout the world.” DeNiro shares the list with 28 writers from Great Britain and Ireland, the United States, Nigeria, Canada, Japan, and elsewhere. The winner of last year’s inaugural award was Yiyun Li’s debut collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (Random House). Four finalists will be announced in mid-July and the winner declared at the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival in Cork, Ireland, Sunday, Sept. 24th 2006.
Small Beer Press publisher Gavin J. Grant said, “Alan is a genuine 21st-century voice and we jumped at the chance to publish his first collection. We’d never read anything quite like these stories.”
DeNiro’s appearance on the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award is the latest piece of good news for Small Beer Press, who recently announced a hard/soft co-publishing deal with Harcourt Harvest for Elizabeth Hand’s novel Generation Lost — Harvest’s first CO-publishing deal of this kind since Harvest and MacAdam/Cage’s bestseller, The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. Small Beer published two critically acclaimed collections in 2005: Maureen F. McHugh’s Mothers & Other Monsters, a Story Prize finalist, and Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners, a Time Magazine Best Book of the Year.