Speaking of cool and crazy literary events, the literary blog HTML Giant is doing something totally nuts this Sunday to celebrate the publication of Long, Last, Happy: New and Selected Stories by Barry Hannah, which comes out tomorrow from Grove/ Atlantic. HTML Giant blogger Kyle Minor will be reading the book in its entirety in a live Webcast, which will not be recorded. This feat is expected to take 15-25 hours, in what will surely be a powerful tribute to a literary master, and a strain on Mr. Minor’s voice.
Here‘s more info. The reading will start at midnight on Sunday and continue until it’s over.
Long, Last, Happy is the posthumous selection of stories from all of Hannah’s previous books, plus a few new stories. Hannah was, of course, a major influence on the contemporary short story. He died in March (here‘s his NYT obit, and our post anticipating this book, and here’s our starred review).
Barry Hannah has long been a major influence on contemporary fiction, and the favorite writer of favorite writers. He passed away earlier this year and has been much-lamented. New work from Hannah would have been big news anyway, but given that there won’t be more new Hannah stories in the future makes Long, Last, Happy: New and Selected Stories an even bigger deal.
The book features selection from Hannah’s four published books of stories, including the classic Airships, plus four new stories and one very early unpublished piece. This will be the kind of book, like the recently published Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, that short fiction fans will need to own, read, and reread. It’s coming December 1 from Grove, just in time to heavily stuff your favorite readers’ stockings with this $29.95 doorstopper.
This blogger is excited about it, in case you can’t tell. Wonder why they didn’t do a collected.