If you haven’t had enough of the Gowanus yet…

read!Enough said.

Our neighbor, the beloved Gowanus canal, has been the setting for a lot of buzz lately–the Superfund campaign we blogged about earlier, the bulk of our Twitter updates, as well as the recent Brooklyn dumpster pool phenomenon. We can’t ignore the canal, since we’re right next to it, but here’s another reason it keeps us talking: Gowanus graffiti encourages passersby to read!

Good advice.

The Dog Days of Summer

Not to steal the thunder of GalleyCat’s literary-themed pet pictures, which are a big favorite of One Story interns, but we just had to post this picture of subscriber Edan Lepucki’s dog, who is apparently a big fan of the magazine. We were alerted to this cuteness via Twitter and now we pass it on to you, blog readers.

Edan’s pup is pictured below with our issue #122 “Children are the Only Ones who Blush” by Joe Meno.

If you have any pictures of your pets enjoying One Story, please tweet us @onestorymag or send them to custserv@one-story.com.

Olive Kitteridge & The Good Thief=Oprah’s “Tantalizing Beach Reads”

In the July issue of the magazine, the writers of O, The Oprah Magazine recommend some great reads for the summer months–books you’ll want to have handy for trips to the shore and long days in the park.

One of O‘s selections, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, just earned the author the 2009 Pulitizer Prize for Fiction. Why is this especially exciting to One Story? Strout’s book is made up of 13 short stories. Author Pam Houston calls it, “[an] unforgettable novel in stories.” and notes that these stories are “relentlessly human” and “heart-stoppingly beautiful.”

Another of O‘s recommended reads is near and dear to our hearts–The Good Thief  by our very own, very talented editor Hannah Tinti! In her write up, Cathleen Medwick calls The Good Thief, “A 21st-century novel in 19th-century drag,” compares Hannah to John Barth, and claims that The Good Thief is “one of the freshest, most beguiling narratives this side of Oliver Twist.”

So break out the sunblock, the sunglasses, the large-rimmed hats, and try to save room for some fiction in your beach bag this summer!

Orange Prize Winner Announced!

marilynnerobinson_1416339cAs we’ve blogged about previously, the Orange Prize for Fiction is a prize sponsored by Orange, a mobile phone service in the UK. Each year a prize of £30,000 is awarded to the author who the all-women cast of judges feel has authored “the best novel of the year written by a woman in the English language.”  According to the prize’s website, the Orange Prize was established “to widen the net and to try to introduce a prize that would be less traditional and that would put readers at the centre.” 

This year’s prize-winner is Marilynne Robinson for her novel Home. She was chosen from a shortlist which included:

Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman
The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey
The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

For the Guardian’s coverage of the announcement go here.

For an interview with Marilynne Robinson go here.

From The Trenches: Collecting Issues

“As we did last summer, our One Story interns will be blogging “from the trenches” on what it’s like to work for a lit mag. Our first post is from Hailey Reissman, a returning intern from Washington College. Hope our readers enjoy these snippets from daily life at our offices at the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn.”–Hannah Tinti

Sometimes life can get a bit “tough” as an intern in the trenches of a literary magazine. The coffee gets stale or there’s just one too many envelopes to stuff. Luckily, One Story has a host of enthusiastic and generous fans whose excitement is contagious.

One such fan is YA author Michael Northrop, who happily let the world know on a recent post in his blog that he’s “got issues”–10 to be exact. Michael has a hobby that is quite exciting and humbling to us here at One Story–he collects signed copies of the magazine.

Michael recently entered the double digits with the help of our super managing editor, Tanya Rey, and our O. Henry award-winning author of issue #94, Mohan Sikka. Congratulations, Michael! Thanks for your support!

10 issues!

Michael and his issues!

Read more on the saga of Michael’s collecting at his blog.