When offering advice to young writers, Anton Chekhov wrote, “Catch first the crow, then the magpie, and someday you may capture the white swan.” Retaining a long-kept tradition, West Virginia Writers, Inc. has again followed Chekhov’s edict in titling its latest anthology Seeking the Swan. As in previous anthologies, West Virginia Writers, Inc. has chosen the best of its competition stories from the past decade and woven them into an absolute treasure of pure Appalachian and American lit. “From a Chekhov quote?” you ask. Yes, and the contents of this anthology are just that sensitive.
The book kicks off with the dramatic dark humor of the late Joe McCabe. Joe’s wit and wisdom have held audiences in awe and laughter from New York City to San Francisco, and his plays are always just great fun. The book then goes to Ebay, to bid on a child’s shoe unearthed from a former Nazi death camp. What follows is a journey through Appalachia, in all her forms and glories, to other times and places, in poetic and prose form. Sixty-eight pieces provide diverse entertainment without a single ordinary moment.
When I was a lad, my family started a tradition of purchasing the latest Reader’s Digest’s Abridged Bestsellers in anthology form. I liked the idea of a single book carrying so much literary weight. Seeking the Swan has that much talent within its pages. Seeking The Swan is a book you can pick up any time and start anywhere inside. You can turn to a selection that depicts what your day requires and take off. It’s all there and it’s good stuff. Trust me.
To pick up a copy, go to http://www.wvwriters.org/store.html.