Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Our Story Begins Has a Happy Ending: Tobias Wolff Wins The Story Prize

Tobias Wolff has won The Story Prize for his extraordinary collection of previous and new work, Our Story Begins. Founder Julie Lindsey presented him with the $20,000 award and an engraved silver bowl at an event that took place at The New School in New York City on Wednesday night, March 4. The other finalists, Jhumpa Lahiri for Unaccustomed Earth and Joe Meno for Demons in the Spring, each received $5,000. All three authors read from and discussed their work onstage.

More details will follow, including the judges' citations for all three books. A Web cast will follow on in a few weeks. We'll post photos from both the event and reception on The Story Prize Web site in the days ahead and will also link to notable press coverage. We're grateful to all three writers for their participation and, most of all, for their wonderful books.

It was a pleasure talking to Jhumpa, Joe, and Tobias. And all three read beautifully.