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Ecotone and Lookout staff introduce our favorite stories from Astoria to Zion

With the forthcoming March 2014 publication of Astoria to Zion, Ecotone celebrates ten years of publication. During that time the magazine has established itself as a preeminent venue for original short fiction from both recognized and emerging writers. More than twenty stories from the first sixteen issues have been reprinted or noted in the Best American, New Stories from the South, Pushcart, and PEN/O. Henry series.

Over the next few months, leading up to the best of Ecotone publication, we’ll celebrate by introducing a favorite story from the anthology. Watch for new entries by Lookout and Ecotone staff members each Wednesday, and as always, follow our blog for other updates. 

First Paragraph from “The Wreckers” by George Makana Clark

December 17,1820

Dearest Ezadurah,

With luck, this will reach you before I’m missed. Time comes when a man has to rattle his fortune and see what shakes out, so says my new fast friend, and by God, with my lungs filled with sea air, the salt spray in my face, I reckon he’s right.

—George Makana Clark

Excerpted from “The Wreckers” from Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade. Copyright © 2014 by University of North Carolina Wilmington. Used by permission of Lookout Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

First Paragraph from “The Blue Tree” by Rick Bass

Though the Astoria to Zion release date isn’t until March, we thought we’d get in the giving spirit a little early. What better way to introduce readers to the best of Ecotone than a taste from each story? Every Monday over the next several months, we’ll post the first paragraph from a featured story in the collection. So look for the series every Monday and be sure to check our blog for additional updates.

From “The Blue Tree” by Rick Bass

“It’s the afternoon of the day before Christmas Eve, and still there is no tree. Somehow this week has just slipped away. It’s taken them forever to get packed and ready for the trip to their cabin in the woods, but finally Wilson has issued the proclamation to his wife and daughters that it’s time to relax and start enjoying the holidays, damn it. After twenty years, he’s lost his job as a road-construction engineer, and though he knows, intellectually, that he’s foolish to be brooding on it at a time of year when his priorities should be reordered, he can’t help it, he’s still a little tense. Belinda’s not working, she’s been focusing on being at home as much as possible while their girls, Stephanie and Lucy, are young. Wilson never thought he would be out of work. He thought work always existed, like air. You breathed, you worked.”

—Rick Bass

Excerpted from “The Blue Tree” from Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade . Copyright © 2014 by University of North Carolina Wilmington. Used by permission of Lookout Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

First Paragraphs from Astoria to Zion, Our Best of Ecotone Anthology

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the magazine Salman Rushdie called one of a handful of journals on which “the health of the American short story depends,” Lookout Books announces the publication of Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade.

Ecotone has established itself as a preeminent venue for original short fiction from both recognized and emerging writers, with more than twenty stories from our first sixteen issues reprinted or noted in the Best American, New Stories from the South, Pushcart, and PEN/O. Henry series. With the publication of this anthology, Lookout Books makes a permanent home for the vital work of regular contributors Steve Almond, Rick Bass, Edith Pearlman, Ron Rash, Bill Roorbach, and Brad Watson, along with rising talents Lauren Groff, Ben Stroud, and Kevin Wilson, among others.

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Ordering Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade

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One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Lookout intern is that I consistently have the opportunity to work on projects that I didn’t even know were projects until the time I begin working on them. The most recent (and possibly my favorite) example was establishing the order for Lookout’s forthcoming anthology Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon From Ecotone’s First Decade.

If someone had asked me a few weeks ago how one might arrange stories in an anthology I might have answered, “Alphabetically? Draw the names out of a hat? Pin them on the wall and throw darts?”

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Advance Reading Copies On the Way!

After uploading the ARC yesterday, we’re one step closer to the March 2014 release of Astoria to Zion: Twenty-Six Stories of Risk and Abandon from Ecotone’s First Decade with a foreword by Ben Fountain.

image[Lookout intern Katie Jones putting the finishing touches on the ARC back cover.]

If you’re a reviewer or blogger and would like to request a copy of the ARC, please e-mail lookout@uncw.edu.

Here’s the fantastic design in greater detail.

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