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Friday, August 10, 2012

Stories by Tom Sheehan
Nominated for National Book Award

I’m pleased to share with you that The Westering, a collection of 21 short stories by Tom Sheehan, has been nominated for a National Book Award. Matt Tempesta has details for you at The Daily Item.

Sheehan has been writing far longer than most of us have been around. He began at the age of five, and that was 79 years ago! Hundreds of his stories have been published, and his work has been nominated 15 times for the Pushcart Prize.

Two of his stories appear in Serving House Journal: “The Old Man in the Garden of Long Shadows” (Fall 2011), and “Last Call for a Loner” (Spring 2011).

(Parenthetically speaking, one of my favorites by Sheehan is a war story—a genre which I almost never read, but I’m glad I gave it a try last year, because “Parkie, Tanker, Tiger of Tobruk” is stunning, one of the best stories ever. It appears in the January 2011 issue of Contemporary World Literature.)

Brief bio of Tom Sheehan

Thank goodness Tom shows no signs of slowing down or retiring: The Westering is the first in a series of nine (!) volumes of his stories about the American West to be published by MilSpeak Books.

Winners of the National Book Award will be announced in mid-November. Congratulations, Tom, and best of luck!

—Clare MacQueen
Associate Editor and Webmaster
Serving House Journal
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