Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Stuart Dybek wins MacArthur, then the Rea Award

from Google News

NEW YORK (AP) — Stuart Dybek, already a winner this week of a MacArthur "genius" grant, is this year's recipient of the $30,000 Rea Award for "originality and influence" on the short story.

Dybek, 65, is a Chicago native known for story collections such as "The Coast of Chicago" and "I Sailed With Magellan." His previous honors for short fiction include the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize and four O'Henry awards.

"With three distinguished collections of short stories, Stuart Dybek has created his own country," said a statement from Rea judges on Tuesday. "The coast of Chicago is his landscape, one he has inhabited, pondered, remembered and made hauntingly real."

On Monday, Dybek was one of 24 "genius" fellows announced by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Each will receive $500,000 over the next five years.

The Rea award was established in 1986 by Michael M. Rea, a publisher and collector of first-edition short stories who died in 1996. Previous winners include Ann Beattie, Richard Ford and Alice Munro.

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