Thanks to Tim Johnston of Beaufort for sharing the significance of a local literary event this week.
"I'm writing to let you know that the 'Short Story America Anthology, Volume I,' is coming out in hardcover Friday.
"This is a major step forward for our Beaufort-based literary publication.
"The book features 56 short stories by authors around the United States and the world (four are mine, and one is by Beaufort writer/actor/director Gail Westerfield; 46 more are by excellent American authors; three are by Canadian writers; one is by an Irish writer in Dublin, and one is by a Malaysian author).
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"It's an outstanding collection, and one which we hope will help re-shape how people find quality short stories in this day and age."
He said the 544-page anthology has been hailed as "literary fiction at its best" and as "new life to literature" in advance reviews.
Tim says this week's event is another step in "raising public awareness of an emerging international literary publishing house right here in Beaufort."
Also, he said, "We have decided on Beaufort as the location of our annual story festival, which will bring writers, readers and educators to our community each year."
The public is invited to the launch party and signing from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lowcountry Winery on Bay Street.
Tim Johnston and Gail Westerfield will be greeting guests and signing books at the event, which kicks off the first edition of the Short Story America Anthology series.
Short Story America is in its second year of publishing new and classic stories online, at www.shortstoryamerica.com, and is preparing to launch audio versions of short stories this summer, all of which are being produced right here in Beaufort.
Writer's Digest has rated Short Story America as one of the Fifty Best Online Literary Magazines in the world, and now Short Story America is planning for its first story festival and conference right here in Beaufort. The dates of the 2012 festival will be announced this month.
If you can't make it to the launch party, you can order the book online directly from Short Story America, at www.shortstoryamerica.com or by calling 843-597-3220. The book also will be available at Beaufort Bookstore, McIntosh Books, Lowcountry Winery, Berry Island Cafe, and other locations.
Meanwhile, Tim will continue the daily work of Short Story America. According to its website, "The mission of Short Story America is to bring the short story back into the mainstream of American culture, to bring the short story author back to prominence in literature, and to enhance American students' awareness and education in the art and value of the short story."