Acclaimed US-based Singaporean writer Wena Poon reads from her prize-winnning story "The Architects". For more information and links please visit newshortstories.com and wenapoon.com.
"The Knowles was one of those stupid prizes that compelled you to fly in without letting you know in advance if you had won. It created a lot of unnecessary stress. He had implored the organizers to tell him if he had won or not so that he could skip the trip if he didn’t win, but they refused. Theirs was not an ordinary award, and the New Yorkers wanted as much hype as they could muster. They promised him Business Class airfare for two. It made no difference to him; he didn’t have someone to bring. They refused to let him stay at his usual hotel. Instead, they put him up at a fussy dowager of a place on the Upper East Side, replete with jacquard bedspreads and potted palms."
The complete story is included in "Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 4" (ISBN: 0977852652), which is available direct from the publisher, from online booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, etc. Or ask your local bookshop to order it for you if you prefer, it is listed in the standard catalogue they all use, and they will be delighted to get it for you and probably phone you when it's ready - thereby giving you a good reason to go to the high street and buy yourself a cup of coffee - while you open the book - possibly in the same shop.
"New Short Stories 4: Fourteen of the best short stories of the year 2010 from brilliant new and award-winning authors, seven by men and seven by women. The stories are set in Australia, Ireland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, UK, US and more. Contributors: Wena Poon, Toby Litt, Julia Goubert, Willie Davis, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Kevin Spaide, Carys Davies, Jonathan Attrill, Peggy Riley, Tom Vowler, Paul McGuire, Jo Cannon, Jarred McGinnis, Henrietta Rose-Innes."