Oprah's got competition! Andrew Scott is a fiction writer who thinks that short story collections deserve a lot more attention than they receive (and don't we agree?). But Andrew is doing something about it. Something good.
Here's the reasoning, in Andrew's own words:
Each month, I select two short story collections that readers and writers of short stories should support. The idea is simple. We should buy short story collections and support this important art form, especially if we’re writers and ever hope to publish our own books of short stories. But if I buy Antonya Nelson’s new collection and you buy the new Jim Shepard book of stories, and our friend Sally buys Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock (soon in paperback!) and your mom buys Cathy Day’s The Circus in Winter, then the publishing numbers are scattered all over the place.
Move over, Oprah. I’m taking over. You do a fine job. I’m glad you’re back to selecting living writers for your book club. But you haven’t chosen a book of stories, to my knowledge, so I’m asking you to step aside. I’m sure you’re relieved.
Andrew has announced the first two selections (check his site to find out what they are!), and like a nice, obedient, new club member, I've already purchased one of them (one I was definitely planning to read, but probably would have waited for the library to offer me, to be perfectly honest). I love Andrew's dedication and enthusiasm, and I really want to see where this project may go.
(By the way, I discovered Andrew's Book Club thanks to the wonderful folks at Fiction Writers Review, who are also certainly doing their share to serve the short story.)