Before and Afterlives and The Shirley Jackson Award


Christopher Barzak

In all the hustle and bustle that lead up to the release of “Jamie Marks is Dead” I failed to report a fantastic bit of news that occurred in mid-July. As I’d mentioned in an earlier post back in May, my short story collection Before and Afterlives had been nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award in the category of Best Single-Author Collection. In July it was announced that I had won the award. In fact, there were two winners: my collection and Nathan Ballingrud’s amazing collection, North American Lake Monsters.

I could not be happier to have this collection–something of a retrospective of the best of my short stories from the first decade of my life as a publishing writer–recognized with this award. Shirley Jackson’s work has been an enormous influence on me since I was a teenager assigned to read “The Lottery” in a high school English…

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Best political coverage anywhere ever: Naomi Kritzer

naomiYES! Naomi Kritzer has started her election coverage! In-state people: she is extraordinarily helpful. Out-of-state people: she is HILARIOUS. I have linked to her first one (hit ‘back’ if you want to see her ‘oops I flaked out on a primary’ post, too):

Local Show Attempts to De-Stigmatize Mental Illness

Never heard of it; totally need to go find out how to watch it, now!


From MinnPost:

Later this month, a group of local television producers, health care executives and mental health activists will gather at Target Field in Minneapolis to accept the most prestigious Emmy Award presented in the region.

On Sept. 13, the 2014 Upper Midwest Chapter Board of Governors’ regional Emmy Award will be presented to the creators of “Make It OK: Facing Mental Illness,” a multipart documentary series conceived and produced in partnership with HealthPartners, Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and the Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).   Read the article.