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Humber Grad in Best American Mystery Stories 2014

Novelist, short story writer, and Humber School for Writers grad Michelle Butler Hallett is part of the new international short story anthology Best American Mystery Stories 2014, released today by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The anthology, this year edited by novelist Laura Lippman, features twenty stories published in North America in 2013 in various magazines and journals, and includes authors Annie Proulx, Russell Banks, and the late Joseph Heller. 

Michelle says she was thrilled about the news.

"I was pleased enough to be in the anthology and only found out about the Heller story this afternoon. I'm pretty stoked about this!"

Michelle’s story, “Bush-Hammer Finish,” first appeared in the Autumn 2013 issue of The Fiddlehead, the prestigious literary journal centred at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Fiddlehead fiction editor Gerard Beirne:

“Michelle Butler Hallett’s story caught my attention initially because of the hyperbolic style, the larger than life characters, the black humour; but more importantly, her story held my attention. To pull all of these challenging formal elements together required great authorial control. Indeed, from an editor’s point of view, the first mystery of a successful story can often be, how did the author achieve it?”

Michelle, whose fiction defies easy categorization, is the author of the novels Deluded Your Sailors, Sky Waves,and Double-blind, and the short story collection The Shadow Side of Grace. Her stories also appear in the 2013 anthologies Everything Is So Political (Fernwood Publishing, edited Sandra McIntyre) and Running the Whale’s Back (Goose Lane Editions, edited by Mark Harris and Andrew Atkinson), and the 2007 anthologies Hard Ol’ Spot (Killick Press, edited by Mike Heffernan) and The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction (Vagrant Press, edited Sandra McIntrye and Mary Jo Anderson).

Michelle lives in St John’s.

Find out more about Michelle on her website or follow her on Twitter @MButlerHallett.
Photo: David Hallett

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