Like all the MIR editors before us, the editorial team for The Mechanics' Institute Review, Issue 8 have come a long way in a few months. We now feel that MIR8 is going to be an enormous success and we would like to let you in on a few of the highlights that you’ll be able to read for yourself in September.
The guest authors featured will be Chris Adrian, Kevin Barry and Amit Chaudhuri.
Chris Adrian is an American writer based in Boston and San Francisco and was considered, in 2010, one of The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 best American writers. We agree! Early this summer his novel The Great Night and a collection of short stories A Better Angel will be published by Granta.
Kevin Barry is an Irish writer who was awarded The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature in 2007. He has penned the short story collection There are Little Kingdoms.
Amit Chaudhuri is an Indian writer and academic who teaches Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia. He has published novels, short story collections, poetry and criticism. He was awarded the Betty Trask Award and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for A Strange and Sublime Address, the Encore Award for Afternoon Raag, and the Los Angeles Tomes Book Prize and Sahitya Akademi Award for A New World.
The greatest novelty of this edition of MIR8 is that it is going to be published, for the first time, in ebook format!
At this point we are ploughing through the editing process. We were fortunate to have received submissions of really high quality, and therefore the selection process was extremely hard. Unfortunately we could only feature a limited number of submissions in MIR8. For those who did not make it this time, we would like to say an enormous thank you for your efforts and, as Winston Churchill once said, well, keep buggering on!