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New & Selected Stories
by David Jauss
9 x 6-inch paperback, 250 pages
David Jauss is the author of two previous collections of short stories, Black Maps and Crimes of Passion, two collections of poems, You Are Not Here and Improvising Rivers, and a collection of essays, On Writing Fiction. He has also edited or co-edited three anthologies: Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms; The Best of Crazyhorse: Thirty Years of Poetry and Prose; and Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Program. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and reprinted in such anthologies as Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories, and, twice in The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a James A. Michener Fellowship, three fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council, and one from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His collection Black Maps received the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. He teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
The Stars at Noon
The Sacred Drum
What They Didn’t Notice
Tell Me Something
Meet cover artist Jack L. Geiser
For 31 years Jack L. Geiser worked as a professional photographer. His work covered industrial, legal, advertising and commercial fields. His assignments included working with many politicians, sports figures, dignitaries, celebrities and famous people as diverse as Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Bob Hope.
The last five years Jack has been artistically exploring the realms of digital photography on his own through Photoshop and the Internet. His work now covers texture, surrealism, abstraction, and realism. His day-to-day rambling artistry can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/jg_photo_art/.
Jack lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife Shelly, who is a published poet and is currently working on her first novel. They run a small business together and try to spend time, when possible, with their four children and five grandchildren.
Praise for Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories
If I were in charge of the seating arrangements, I'd reserve a place for David Jauss in the very first row of contemporary American fiction writers. Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories is why. Each of the stories within delivers stunning revelations of deep human truths, and each hitches Jauss's formidable storytelling powers to his very good heart. I'm in awe of this collection.
—Wally Lamb, author of We Are Water
These incredibly accomplished short stories are cause for celebration; whether the characters are male or female, young or old, from the majority or from the minority, David Jauss renders them with the compassionate mastery of a true and humble artist. His prose is at once lean and generous, sensual and intelligent, edgy without being judgmental. Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories is an absolute triumph of the short form by a master of it, and you will not read a better collection anywhere.
—Andre Dubus III, author House of Sand and Fog and Townie: A Memoir
For more than three decades David Jauss has been quietly crafting gems of literature. In this collection he demonstrates yet again the skill, insight, and artistry that have earned him a place among the very best American writers. His talent runs deep.
—Clint McCown, author of Haints and War Memorials
David Jauss's work was a huge influence on me as a young writer, and I'm grateful that his smart, wise, deeply heartfelt stories are being collected in this beautiful new edition.
—Dan Chaon, author of Stay Awake
I have long admired David Jauss's fiction—the tough, yet gentle intelligence in it. But having these stories together this way, in this beautiful selection, is such a pleasure. I've been going through the book slowly, savoring each story; each comprises what Peter Taylor called "an evening's entertainment." Yes indeed. An evening's superior entertainment. Better than anything in the movies or on TV. And they stay with you, too.
—Richard Bausch, author of Something Is Out There: Stories
I have long been a great admirer of the work of David Jauss, though admire is too weak a word. More like a fanatical fan. His stories have been personal landmarks for as long as I have been writing ("Glossolalia" is itself worth the price of admission), but with this new book one can see the man and his work in all their literary glory. The new stories are stronger than ever, which is saying a lot, given the power of the early work, and the publication of this collection is an occasion for all readers to cheer.
—Bret Lott, author of Dead Low Tide and Jewel
Glossolalia sparkles, providing readers the opportunity to engage with one of the unsung heroes of modern American short fiction. Jauss’s stories are quietly haunting. This is the kind of work that sticks to the soul, waiting to be carried long into the night.
—Benjamin Woodard, Rain Taxi Review of Books
While Jauss may be relatively unknown to Barnes & Noble browsers, he has written stories that have won Pushcart Prizes and O. Henry Awards (and a couple of those are collected here). He’s a regular in the little magazines and his calm dark voice at times puts me in mind of Chekhov. He is one of our very best short story writers, master of a compressive, sans serif style that plays as plainsong. He has a knack for freighted detail, and apparently a deep and abiding curiosity about the lives of others.
Helen W. Mallon
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