Tobias Wolff won the annual Story PrizeMarch 5th, 2009 - 3:54 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
On Wednesday, author Tobias Wolff won the annual Story Prize for short fictionfor ‘Our Story Begins,’ a compendium of some two dozen short stories including 10 never-before published in book form.
‘I can’t tell you how moved I am by this,’ said Mr Wolff, best known as a memoirist and short story writer, upon being named the fifth recipient of The Story Prize, which includes a US$20,000 award.
He paid tribute to the other two finalists, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, nominated for ‘Unaccustomed Earth,’ and Joe Meno, who was cited for ‘Demons in the Spring.’ Each received a US$5,000 prize. The three finalists were selected from among 73 story collections published by 56 different publishers.
‘This story is rather autobiographical,’ said Mr Wolff, explaining that a friend once recounted having witnessed such a robbery and described the robbers’ cliched verbiage as having included the phrase ’stick ‘em up.’ ‘I could imagine myself laughing’ in that situation, said Wolff, a professor at Stanford University.
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