Javier Montes

Our Favorite Short Stories of the Past Year

May is National Short Story Month, so we’re celebrating the tail end of it by honoring some short stories of the past year that are deserving of your attention. Although these diverge from Geraldine Brooks’s choices in The Best American Short Stories collection or those contained in PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, we encourage you to pick either or both of these up if you’re interested in more tales from notable authors. Or, if you want stories from our neighbors across the Atlantic, there’s always Best European Fiction, which was edited by one of our favorite writers, Aleksandar Hemon. But our list spans more than this continent or that of Europe — we wanted to tip the balance to include both emerging and established writers from countries all over the world (as well as those who live outside our fair coast). As Beyoncé queries in her latest call-and-response hit, “Who run the world?” (Girls). But you knew that already, didn’t you? So read on, dear readers, and tell us who we missed. … Read More

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10 Granta-Anointed Spanish-Language Writers You Should Know

Ever since its first Best of Young British Novelists” issue in 1983, Granta‘s once-a-decade spotlight on rising literary talents — initially including then-relative unknowns Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and Martin Amis — has proved to be a consistent predictor of enduring success. Although the magazine has issued two similar lists for American writers (first in 1996, most recently in 2007), its focus has remained limited to the English-speaking world. Last week marked a historical turn in a new direction, however, as Granta 113 boasts a selection of 22 Spanish language authors whose names are sure to soon join the recognizable ranks of other Latin American and Spanish heavyweights. Ahead of the issue’s release, here’s a chance to familiarize yourself with a selection of these emerging writers before they’re as ubiquitous as Borges and Bolaño. … Read More

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