Majnun Ben-David
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A Plug: Extinct & Extinguished Named to "Best of" List

In belated and semi-self-promotional news, the anthology [Ex]tinguished & [Ex]tinct: An Anthology of Things that No Longer [Ex]ist was named as one of Chicago Book Review's "Best Books of 2015." They also reviewed the anthology.

One of my
stories is in the book, so I'm obviously biased here. But I think this is pretty cool, given how hard it is for a literary anthology to get any legit critical attention. Chicago Book Review does great work covering indie presses and Chicago-related authors and titles, so I would encourage you to check them out.

The anthology was edited by
John McCarthy and published by Twelve Winters Press (run by Ted Morrissey). It centers on a compelling theme, and McCarthy and colleagues interpreted “extinguished and extinct” in broad terms, going beyond the ecological in directions you might not anticipate but will likely enjoy. McCarthy discusses his vision for the anthology here. If you're interested, you can pick up the anthology in paper ($14) or digital ($6) form here.

Disclaimer: As with most anthologies of literary fiction, I was paid in copies. As such, the link to purchase the volume included above does not make me any money, either directly via royalties or indirectly via any kind of referral fees. This is an entirely non-commercial website. Links are included because I think they might be of interest to you, not because they will make me any money.
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My Own Work: A County Without Weather

I’m happy to report that a very short story of mine, “A County Without Weather,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. It was nominated by Twelve Winters Press and Ted Morrissey, who kindly published it in their excellent anthology [Ex]tinguished & [Ex]tinct: An Anthology of Things that No Longer [Ex]ist, edited by John McCarthy.

My story is below, or click
here to get it in various formats, but I’d really encourage you to check out the anthology and its mix of short fiction and poetry (just $6 for the e-reader version). It centers on a compelling theme, and McCarthy and colleagues interpreted “extinguished and extinct” in broad terms, going beyond the ecological in directions you might not anticipate, but will likely enjoy. McCarthy discusses his vision for the anthology here.

Oh, and about the
Pushcart Prize nomination ... well over a thousand writers get nominated for it every year. Every independent press gets to nominate six pieces (short stories or poetry) they’ve published, plus Pushcart guest editors can also nominate work. So actually winning a Pushcart Prize or getting a Special Mention? A very big deal, as that’s one of the most prestigious honors around for short fiction, non-fiction, and poetry (and thus the annual Pushcart Prize volume makes for great reading). Simply being nominated? It’s kind of a big deal to me personally, especially as I’m a relatively new writer and this was the first piece of mine that’s even been eligible for a Pushcart. But in broader terms, it’s not an exclusive honor. So while I very much appreciate it, I wouldn’t want to overstate it either, as pointed out in this rant here (but see the comments section there for some thoughtful dissenting views).

Without further ado, here’s my (very short) story ...
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