Thursday, September 9, 2010

Big Book Chain Chat #9: Short stories

In 2008 I researched and wrote an article on the genre of the short story for The Star. I opened with the opinion that “short stories are commonly called the Cinderellas of the literary world. Publishers complain that readers don’t buy short story collections, and so publish few volumes, then bookstores don’t stock them in great quantities. All around it seems to be a Catch-22 situation. But, are things changing? After years of drought, in which you found just a few local volumes published, whether of anthologies or of collections by single authors, 2008 has seen what some are referring to as a renaissance of the genre in South Africa.” I then reviewed four collections of stories that had recently been released, including Liesl Jobson’s flash fiction collection 100 Papers and Zoe Wicomb’s The One that Got Away... Read more here

1 comment:

Judy Croome said...

I've never understood why short stories became Cinderellas. A collection of short stories makes as good a read as a full length novel and can, at times, be more convenient, for e.g. when you want something to rea but don't have the time or energy to focus on a full length story. so I hope the short story is making a gradn comeback!
Judy