Stuart Dybek





Stuart Dybek

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born
Chicago, IL, The United States
gender
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Stuart Dybek has published three short story collections: Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and I Sailed With Magellan; and two volumes of poetry: Brass Knuckles and Streets in Their Own Ink. He has been anthologized frequently and regularly appears in magazines such as the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine and the Paris Review.

He has received numerous awards, including: a 1998 Lannan Award; the 1995 PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize "for distinctive achievement in the short story"; an Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1994; a Guggenheim Fellowship; two fellowships from the NEA; a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center; and a Whiting Writers Award.
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The Coast of Chicago: Stories
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,422 ratings — published 1990 — 8 editions
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I Sailed with Magellan
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 730 ratings — published 2003 — 4 editions
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Childhood and Other Neighbo...
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 244 ratings — published 1980 — 5 editions
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Streets in Their Own Ink: P...
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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Paper Lantern: Love Stories
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 135 ratings — published 1995 — 5 editions
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Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Sho...
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Brass Knuckles
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Are we there yet
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Flash Fiction: 72 Very Shor...
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“Our plans for the future made us laugh and feel close, but those same plans somehow made anything more than temporary between us seem impossible. It was the first time I’d ever had the feeling of missing someone I was still with.”
Stuart Dybek, The Coast of Chicago: Stories

“The public library is where place and possibility meet.”
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“I had this sudden awareness, she continues, of how the moments of our lives go out of existence before we're conscious of having lived them. It's only a relatively few moments that we get to keep and carry with us for the rest of our lives. Those moments are our lives. Or maybe it's more like those moments are the dots in what we call our lives, or the lines we draw between them, connecting them into imaginary pictures of ourselves.

You know, like those mythical pictures of constellations traced between stars. I remember how when I was a kid, I actually expected to be able to look up and see Pagasus spread out against the night. And when I couldn't, it seemed like a trick had been played on me, like a fraud. I thought, hey, if this is all there is to it, then I could reconnect the stars in any shape I wanted. I could create the Ken and Barbie constellations…

I realize we can never predict when those few special moments will occur, she says. How... there are certain people, not that many, who enter one's life with the power to make those moments happen. Maybe that's what falling in love means…the power to create for each other the moments by which we define ourselves.”
Stuart Dybek, Paper Lantern

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