George Saunders
“Liberation Day,” by George Saunders (Random House)

George Saunders is back with a new collection of short stories that feature his usual dystopian worlds and heartland characters whose lives and language have been fractured by social and economic pressures they barely understand.
Author Yiyun Li has received one of the top honors for short story writers, the PEN/Malamud Award for “exceptional achievement.
Short story collections by Lily King, J. Robert Lennon and Brandon Taylor are finalists for a $20,000 award.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two former National Book Award nominees, Deesha Philyaw and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, are among this year’s finalists for the 17th annual Story Prize for short fiction.
NEW YORK (AP) — Short-story collections by Zadie Smith, Edwidge Danticat and Kali Fajardo-Anstine are finalists for the Story Prize, a $20,000 award for outstanding short fiction.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Groff’s “Florida,” a collection of often tumultuous portraits of life in the Sunshine State, has won the $20,000 Story Prize for short fiction.
NEW YORK (AP) — As the audiobook market continues to boom, publishers find themselves both grateful and concerned.