New California Writing 2013

New California Writing 2013

by Gayle Wattawa
     
 

Yet again, California we bring you your stories. Hand-plucked from literary journals, novels, agazines, and newspapers, this year's collection of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry insists that we see our state for what it truly is: a vibrant culture, hopeful yet disappointed, hungry for knowledge, for art, for the aroma of freshly picked strawberry

Overview

Yet again, California we bring you your stories. Hand-plucked from literary journals, novels, agazines, and newspapers, this year's collection of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry insists that we see our state for what it truly is: a vibrant culture, hopeful yet disappointed, hungry for knowledge, for art, for the aroma of freshly picked strawberry fields and for city streets heady with possibility. The stories offered here believe in that California.
Each piece in this iteration is distinguished by a confident and intelligent voice that lepas from the page with veracity, originality, and tenderness. Among those voices are established writers such as Susan Straight, Robert Hass, David rains Wallace, and Joan Didion, as well as blooming writers like Shanthi Sekaran, Lysley Tenorio, Sylvia Linsteadt, and the winner of the 2012 James D. Houston Award Keenan Norris.
Opening another window onto the vivid future of literary California, New California Writing 2013 simultaneously explores where we've been, and who we have yet to be.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wattawa and Glaser gather myriad voices from across the Golden State in the latest installment of this literary series. Excerpts from Joan Didion (Blue Nights) and Michael Lewis (Boomerang) sit alongside pieces from Julie Otsuka (The Buddha in the Attic) and poet Robert Hass (Time and Materials). Lesser-known writers such as Donna Miscolta (When the de la Cruz Family Danced) and Poe Ballantine (Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere) also make appearances. The former talks bluntly of National City, near San Diego, nicknamed Nasty City, in "Home is Where the Wart is"; while the latter, in "Free Rent at the Totalitarian Hotel", recalls spending time in Eureka after Wall Street had crashed in the fall of 1987. Peach grower David Mas Masumoto (Wisdom of the Last Farmer) ruminates on spring in the Central Valley and Gustavo Arellano (Taco USA) takes on the taco—"such a simple, brilliant meal: a tortilla wrapped around a stuffing"—to remind readers how greatly food factors in the California mindset as well. The collection's broad palette highlights the state's hidden treasures and increase appeal to those outside its borders. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597142274
Publisher:
Heyday Books
Publication date:
03/15/2013
Pages:
353
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Wattawa, thoroughly addicted to contemporary literature, always carries with her a well-worn public library card and a relentless weakness for book reviews, literary journals, and lit news blogs. She is the founding editor of the New California Writing series and editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire. As Heyday's acquisitions and editorial director, she has supervised the assemblage of a half-dozen other literary anthologies as well.

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