Saturday, August 25, 2007

Writer Grace Paley Dies from Breast Cancer at 84 Years Old

"This is a hard time for publishers, even the big ones, though every now and then one of them will find it possible to give one a one million dollar advance to a well-known money maker. It doesn't always work. The small and the not-so-small independent bookstores that civilized and improved our towns and cities have disappeared."

-Paley in her introduction to CLMP's 2005/2006 little magazine and press directory

Grace Paley, renowned short story writer (and essayist, poet, and activist) died yesterday(see NY Times obituary) in her Vermont home at 84 years old. Paley published many of her stories in small literary magazines, such as Fiction, The Noble Savage, and the New American Review, just to name a few. She was a master of the craft. (Click here for an insightful 1992 interview from The Paris Review, and here for an interview from PEN America.)

(Paley photo by Karl Bissinger; from book jacket for Paley's book of short stories, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute)

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