Each winner of the annual Iowa Writer's Workshop Short Fiction Award contributes a story to this diverse, skillful collection. (Sept.)
The Iowa Award, given annually to a promising writer of short stories, assures the publication of the writer's first book of stories. Since it began in 1969, many now prominent writers gained their first recognition here, including Robert Boswell, Cyrus Colter, Dianne Benedict, and Dan O'Brien. Conroy, the director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and noted writer of ``Midair'' and ``Stop Time,'' has selected one story from each of the award-winning collections. The book attests to the continuing vitality of the short story; highly recommended for most library collections.-- Paul Kaplan, Dakota Cty. Lib. System, Apple Valley, Minn.
School Library Journal
YA-- A collection of short fiction selected from the annual volumes of the Iowa Short Fiction Award winners. These stories have a wonderful variety of places and people, and the selections are usually so complete and compelling that readers will want to go on to more by the same author. One of the volume's strengths is that there is a statement of biography and a brief paragraph or two of critical information prior to each entry.
Here are selected stories--one from each of the 25 winning volumes of The Iowa award. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)