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Prof. Nic Pizzolatto Featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009

October 22, 2009

Best Mystery Stories 2009.JPGOctober 22, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — The work of Nic Pizzolatto, assistant professor of English at DePauw University, is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009. Published by Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the "Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest fiction and nonfiction," notes the book's cover. Pizzolato's "Wanted Man," a story which was published in Oxford American, is included in the volume of the year's best mystery writing.

To be eligible for inclusion in the book, a story must have been written by an American or Canadian and first published in an American or Canadian publication in the Nic Pizzolatto 2.jpgcalendar year 2009.

According to Booklist, the compilation, which is edited by Jeffery Deaver, features "gritty tales told with panache" and is a "must-read for anybody who cares about crime stories."

Professor Pizzolato received his M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas in 2005, where he was the first student awarded the $10,000 Walton Foundation Fellowship in Creative Writing two years in a row. His fiction has also appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Missouri Review and other publications, and he's been among the finalists for the National Magazine Award in Fiction. He’s also received a citation for the Pushcart Prize and a Lily Peter Award for his poetry. His collection of short stories Between Here and the Yellow Sea was published in 2006 and was named by Poets & Writers magazine as one of the top five fiction debuts of the year. Pizzolato's first novel, Galveston, is scheduled to be published by Scribner in May.

Learn more about The Best American Mystery Stories 2009 and order the book at Barnes & Noble.com.

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