Annotated Pages Auction

Bidding is now open for One Story’s online Annotated Pages Auction! We invited writers to hand-annotate a manuscript page from one of their published books and are auctioning off those pages online. Participating authors include: J. Courtney Sullivan, Min Jin Lee, Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Peter Carey, Darin Strauss, Claire Vaye Watkins, J. Courtney Sullivan, Jami Attenberg, Vendela Vida, Michael Cunningham, Karen Shepard, Aimee Bender, and Karen Russell. Own a piece of contemporary literary history and support One Story.

Bidding is open  through 1pm EST Thursday, June 28th. Bids start at just $25. One Story Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all winning bids are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Visit our auction page for more information, and to place your bids!

Pictured: Annotated page from “Popular Girls” by Karen Shepard, from her collection KISS ME SOMEONE.

Annotated Pages

One Story is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, and the Debutante Ball is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Donations help us keep our doors open and support our mission to celebrate the short story & support the writers who write them. For this year’s event, we’ve asked a few authors to annotate (by hand) a manuscript page from one of their published books. We’ll be making these available to on-site donors at the One Story Literary Debutante Ball this Friday, May 4th. Thank you to all of the wonderful authors who have so generously sent us pages: Jami Attenberg, Aimee Bender, Peter Carey, Michael Cunningham, Min Jin Lee, Celeste Ng, Ruth Ozeki, Ann PatchettRichard Russo, Patrick Ryan, Dani Shapiro, Jim ShepardKaren Shepard, Darin Strauss, J. Courtney Sullivan, Hannah Tinti, Vendela Vida, Jess Walter, Claire Vaye Watkins, Colson Whitehead, and Meg Wolitzer. We can’t wait to see you at the ball!

Pictured above: annotated pages by Ann Patchett, Ruth Ozeki, and Hannah Tinti

Waiting for the Thaw

As Publisher’s Weekly reported last week, Houghton Mifflin has put a freeze on acquisitions. Meaning, of course, that the publisher has instructed editors not to acquire books. This has led many editors, agents and writers to wonder which publishing house will be next. The publishing industry is taking a beating from the recession, as are the universities that employ many of our country’s writers. (Many colleges have put a freeze on hiring, prompting a lot of handwringing among young academics about to go on the job market.) This depressing economic news means that some good books won’t get published, that others will go out of print faster than they should and that some talented editors, agents and writers in the making may lose faith and go to law school. (Although law firms are laying people off too.) So if you love to read, put your money where your mouth is. Hardcover books are not cheap. But for the price of say, one and a half packs of cigarettes, you could buy Sana Krasikov’s excellent story collection, One More Year. (And aren’t you trying to quit anyway?) And for less than the price of a taxi ride from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, you could pre-order Lauren Groff’s Delicate Edible Birds. (If you’re like me, you get nauseated in cabs–too much stopping and starting. Added bonus to taking the much cheaper subway: you can read on the train!) You can get More Than it Hurts You by Darin Strauss for less than the price of two movie tickets. Or ten copies of Fiona Maazel’s Last Last Chance (give it to all your friends!) for less than these shoes