NC Literary Hall of Fame



The University of New Mexico Press published Lock & Load: Armed Fiction, a collection of literary stories in which guns play a compelling role. Sadly, the book's official pub date coincided with the Las Vegas shootings, which makes marketing Lock & Load more delicate but more urgent than ever. When editors BettyJoyce Nash and Deirdra McAfee published their own "gun stories," they became interested in how writers handle guns on the page and how gun stories reflect our gun-obsessed society. They solicited stories by master writers Annie Proulx, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Pinckney Benedict, Rick DeMarinis, John Edgar Wideman, and Jim Tomlinson. Nationwide calls brought in stories from which thirteen new voices were chosen. Be part of the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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