Congratulations to 9L contributor Joe Meno, who was a finalist for the 2008 Story Prize, along with Tobias Wolff and Jhumpa Lahiri, for his short story collection, Demons in the Spring (Akashic Books).
Check out The New York Times Paper Cuts blog for more about the Story Prize awards ceremony and for a brief interview with Joe Meno about being a finalist.
Joe Meno's story, "An Apple could make You Laugh," was featured in the Fall/Winter 2006 (Vol. 3, No. 2) issue of Ninth Letter.
W.W.Norton will publish Joe Meno's next novel, The Great Perhaps, in the May. Here is a video of Joe Meno reading an excerpt from the novel.