One Story is thrilled to announce our 2013 Mentor of the Year: Dan Chaon.
At One Story, we believe that being a part of the literary community is all about turning around and offering a helping hand to the ones behind you. In that vein, each year at our Literary Debutante Ball we honor one established author with a “Mentor of the Year” award for their extraordinary support of other writers. Last year, our honoree was Ann Patchett. The year before, it was Dani Shapiro.
Mentoring is the kind of work that happens behind the scenes, but is vital to keep the literary world alive and kicking. It comes in all forms—from teaching, to blurbs, to recommendation letters, to late-night reads, agent advice, one-on-one conferences, career guidance and inspiration. Behind every book on every shelf is an unseen mentor, giving an author the boost they need to get over the publishing wall.
Dan Chaon exemplifies this kind of gallant hard work and good-soul-manship, and we’ll be honoring him, along with our Literary Debutantes, on June 6th, 2013 at the One Story Literary Debutante Ball. Tickets for the Ball will go on sale on May 9th.
Dan Chaon’s most recent book is the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), which was a finalist for the Story Prize. Other books include the national bestseller Await Your Reply, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, the American Library Association and others; the short story collections Fitting Ends and Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, and the novel You Remind Me of Me. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthologies, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Ohio and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing and Literature.