What authors will be included in the Visiting Hours anthology? Some are listed in the VH Authors list of to the side - those are authors with websites and those are links.
But here is the full Table of Contents. In the coming days I'll post author biographies of those involved:
Waiting – Introduction Kyle Minor Where to Begin Benjamin Percy Open My Heart T.M. McNally Not a Leaf Stirring Quinn Dalton Picnic Max Ruback Wash, Rinse, Spin Beth Ann Bauman The Garden Plot Philip F. Deaver Vanishing Act Steven Gillis Regrets James R. Cooley The Rain Barrel Jim Nichols Gaarg. Gaarrgh. Gak Pamela Erens A Face in Shadow Joseph Freda Survival Traits Nancy Ginzer My Father’s Heart David Abrams The Kiss-Me-Quick Rochelle Distelheim The Well-Head Gabriel Welsch One Moment: 1330 South McLeod Kaytie M. Lee The Dead Woman from the Newspaper Patry Francis If I Die Before I Wake (excerpt) Lauren Baratz-Logsted Not Waving But Drowning Ron Rash Taughannock Falls Bill Roorbach Wanderlust Michael Milliken Visiting Hours Roberta Israeloff
"VISITING HOURS unhinges our anxieties about illness. These stories are funny, touching, and buoyed high by the surprising twists of human love. Thank goodness for a book that paints bright, savvy colors on white hospital walls."
Alyson Hagy - author of Snow, Ashes (Graywolf, 2007), as well as another novel and three story collections
"Why aren't there more books like this one? This anthology is alive, and it's electric. Every piece in here is full of heart and packed with surprise. Dan Wickett has done a great job of finding work by writers who matter. Here's to him--and to them."
Steve Yarbrough - author of The End of California (Knopf, 2006) as well as three other novels and three short story collections.
What is Visiting Hours? It is an anthology that will be published by Press 53 in the Fall of 2008. It contains 21 short stories and a novel excerpt, not to mention a fantastic introduction.
The idea behind Visiting Hours comes from a great author friend of mine, Amy Koppelman. This was completely her idea - an anthology of short fiction surrounding the concept of visiting hours. That scenario where one person, or being, is forced to be at a location, where anybody else there is just visiting. A place that the person, or being, stuck at the location is there all hours of the day, where those who are visiting are limited to specific hours of the day that they may enter.
Her belief, which became my belief as well after a few impassioned emails and a phone call from Amy, was that these scenarios create great fodder for authors and their various takes on the human condition. The scenarios are varied - there's one set at a veteranarian's office, one set in prison, one in an emergency room, one in a V.A. hospital and a couple are set in nursing homes. In some cases people die, but not in every story. People visit both family, and friends, and in some cases, neither. Adults visit children, and children visit adults. Spouses visit, and at times mourn, for each other. In each case, the individuals involved realize that the time they have to spend is precious and that they have to choose how to use it on their own.