Friday, April 10, 2009

Top Ten Novellas, Dozens of Them

John Madera asked a load of writers to list their favorite novellas, and today he posted dozens of lists by these writers:

Leni Zumas
John Dermot Woods
Kevin Wilson
William Walsh
Justin Taylor
Joe Stracci
Matthew Simmons
David Shields
Peter Selgin
Christine Schutt
Bradley Sands
Tim Russell
Adam Robinson
Cooper Renner
Kathryn Regina
Ben Pester
Kimberly King Parsons
Ben Myers
Clayton Moore
Carole Maso
Michael Martone
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
John Madera
Lorette C. Luzajic
Gary Lutz
Sean Lovelace
Reb Livingston
Catherine Lacey
Lee Klein
Paul Kincaid
Michael Kimball
Sean Kilpatrick
Michael Joyce
Shane Jones
Jac Jemc
Jamie Iredell
Lily Hoang
Christopher Higgs
John Haskell
Jim Hanas
Amelia Gray
Brandon Scott Gorrell
Renee Gladman
Molly Gaudry
Timothy Gager
Brian Evenson
Scott Esposito
Nicolle Elizabeth
Jackie Corley
Jimmy Chen
Tobias Carroll
Blake Butler
K. Kvashay-Boyle
Daniel Borzutzky
Crispin Best
Matt Bell
Ken Baumann
Nick Antosca
J.R. Angelella
Steve Almond

Unbelievable. Great job putting this together, John! This is definitely the most impressive, helpful list of novellas I've ever encountered. It's disappointing and exciting to see how much I have missed. I'm happy to see some attention focused on a form that really doesn't get the consideration it deserves. My list is something of a retrospective of the novellas I read in my late teens, early twenties up to just last year. Besides learning about so many novellas I now have to find and read, it feels great to see my name on a list with so many amazing writers. Carole Maso's work is blowing my mind right now, so it's nice to see what work blew her mind.


Bradley Sands said...

I'm getting a "This blog is open to invited readers only/" Maybe he's fixing stuff?

j. a. tyler said...

me too - but I would love to see the lists...

Josh Maday said...

Sorry about that, guys. I didn't realize that. I'm sure you know by now that it's all up now.

John Madera said...

Thanks man! I had so much fun working on this thing. The dialogue has been really great. Now on to that mountain of books.