James Salter wins lifetime achievement award

James Salter has received a lifetime achievement award for short fiction from the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. The 86-year-old writer has won the 25th annual PEN/Malamud Award. His story collection Dusk & Other Stories (1988) received the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Listen to Thomas McGuane read James Salter’s short story “Last Night” for The New Yorker.

“Home, not this one but the original one with her childhood bed, the window on the landing out of which she had watched the swirling storms of long-ago winters, her father bending over her to say good night, the lamplight in which her mother was holding out a wrist, trying to fasten a bracelet.”

Read the Paris Review interview with James Salter:
The Art of Fiction No. 133

“I hate the first inexact, inadequate expression of things. The whole joy of writing comes from the opportunity to go over it and make it good, one way or another.”

— James Salter

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