For those of you who regularly read my blog, you already know that I think Christopher Meeks is a talented writer. I have read and enjoyed all three of his books: The Middle-Aged Man and The Sea (reviewed here), Months and Seasons (reviewed here), and his debut novel The Brightest Moon of the Century (reviewed here). So I was thrilled to see Meeks getting some well-deserved recognition when it was announced that his second collection of short stories (Months and Seasons) made the long list for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
Last year this award went to Jhumpa Lahiri’s collection Unaccustomed Earth. Leading names on this year’s list include Booker winner Kazuo Ishiguro, Orange Prize winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, winner of the (British) National Short Story Award and former judge for the Frank O’Connor Award James Lasdun, multiple prize-winning poet Sean O’Brien and previously short-listed authors Philip O Ceallaigh and Charlotte Grimshaw. The winner gets to boast the largest monetary award in the world for the short story form (a whopping €35,000).
The finalists will be announced in late June, with the winner selected on September 20th at the close of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival in Cork.
Christopher Meeks has been one of those authors who has reached out to book bloggers and has been outspoken regarding the positive impact bloggers have on marketing and readership. To read more about Meeks and his work, visit his author website.You can also read one of the stories from Months and Seasons here.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Chris on an amazing accomplishment!