The Department of English Congratulates Peter LaSalle
Recipient of Flannery O'Connor Award
Posted: November 8, 2007
Peter LaSalle’s new story collection Tell Borges if You See Him: Tales of Contemporary Somnambulism (University of Georgia Press) is the recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. The eleven stories in the book explore a dreamlike, untethered sort of life for the characters, as the parameters of time and space bend in settings as diverse as Paris, Buenos Aires, Boston, Hyderabad, and even Austin.
Critic Sven Birkerts comments on the collection: “LaSalle has worked his way deep into the storytelling place. Serious, anomalous, his narratives are set in motion by the obsessions and perturbations of living. There is no model, no recipe—each world is uniquely known and irresistibly defined. Tell Borges if You See Him is a keeper collection.”
LaSalle is the author of two previous story collections and a novel, and his fiction has been selected for many anthologies, such as Best American Short Stories, Sports Best Short Stories, Best of the West, Best American Fantasy, and Prize Stories: The O’Henry Awards, among others. In 2005 he received the Award for Distinguished Prose from the Antioch Review in recognition of his fiction writing, and he is the Susan Taylor McDaniel Regents Professor in Creative Writing at UT.
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