Irina Reyn reading/”Jeopardy!”

A fan and Irina Reyn show why Jeopardy loves What Happened to Anna KOn Friday, November 7th, Irina Reyn (author of One Story issue #89, “The Wolf Story”) joined us at Pianos to read from her debut novel, What Happened to Anna K. The book is a contemporary retelling of Anna Karenina, but Reyn has taken Tolstoy’s classic and made it her own. Irina is originally from Moscow and when you listen to her reading, you’ll hear my rusty Russian. It is also worth noting that Irina’s novel was recently featured as an answer on “Jeopardy!” She may be the first One Story author who has been mentioned on air by Alex Trebek.

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008

The latest edition of the O. Henry Prize Stories is in stores now. Among the winners is the wondrous Alice Munro for a story from The American Scholar called “What Do You Want to Know For?”, William Gass for a story called “A Little History of Modern Music” from Conjunctions, and Alexi Zentner for “Touch” from Tin House (three delicious stories that I devoured yesterday in Prospect Park.) There are also stories by other great writers such as Yiyun Li, William Trevor, Mary Gaitskill, Edward P. Jones and Steven Millhauser. Among the seven recommended stories that weren’t chosen for the collection is One Story issue #89, Irina Reyn’s “The Wolf Story.” These recommended stories are excerpted on the O. Henry Prize Stories website. Congratulations, Irina!