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Steven Millhauser Wins $20,000 Story Prize

Author Steven Millhauser has won the $20,000 Story Prize for his short story collection, We Others. The two runners-up, Don DeLillo and Edith Pearlman, were given $5,000 apiece.

Story Prize director Larry Dark had a conversation with the three finalists at the ceremony last night. Dark and Story Prize founder Julie Lindsey chose the finalists, drawing from a pool of among 92 books from 60 different publishers and imprints.

Here’s more from the release: “Millhauser is renowned for both his short stories and novels. He is the author of four previous story collections and seven novels, including Edwin Mullhouse and Martin Dressler: The Life and Times of an American Dreamer, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997. His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and his story “Eisenheim the Illusionist” was the basis of the 2006 film The Illusionist.” (Photo via Michael Lionstar)

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Story Prize Finalists: Free Samples

Today the finalists for the 2010 Story Prize were announced, picked from a slate of 92 books nominated by 60 different publishers or imprints. The winner will receive a $20,000 prize and both of the runner-ups will receive a $5,000 prize.

Below, we’ve collected free samples of the nominated books. The winner will be revealed in a ceremony at New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York City at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21.

The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo (Scribner)

We Others by Steven Millhauser (Alfred A. Knopf)

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman (Lookout Books)

The Little Press that Could

dalkey.jpgPublishing 50 books a year with eight full-time staff members, the Dalkey Archive Press at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has managed to escape the worst effects of the publishing recession.

According to the Chicago Tribune‘s recent profile of the company, the publisher used to focus mainly on reprints, but now 70 percent of the list are original titles. In addition, the press just entered a partnership with W.W. Norton & Co.–bringing the larger publisher’s distribution channels and marketing teams working for Dalkey.

Here’s more about sales-driving titles at Dalkey: “After writers of the TV series ‘Lost’ mentioned a Dalkey title — the late Flann O’Brien‘s novel “The Third Policeman” — on an episode, some 14,000 copies sold in two weeks. Three years ago, ‘Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster’ by Svetlana Alexievich won the National Book Critics Circle prize for non-fiction. And the 2006 film ‘The Illusionist,’ which starred Edward Norton, was based on a 1997 story collection by Steven Millhauser that Dalkey published.” (Via Publishers Lunch)