Synopses & Reviews
The literary journal Zoetrope, founded in 1997 by film director Francis Ford Coppola, proved an instant and spectacular success with readers and critics nationwide. That its mission, to seek out and publish only the brightest, most original writing that intersects film and fiction, has worked triumphantly is attested to by the numerous awards it has garnered in only two years, from such publications as Bestt American Short Stories, The O. Henry Award Prize Stories, Best New Stories from the South, and many more. And Zoetrope is equally known for having discovered new writers who have rocketed to fame, including Melissa Bank and Sarah Powers. Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story presents some of the best writing to have appeared in the magazine to date, including work by Amy Bloom, Peter Lefcourt, Philip Gourevitch, Lucia Nevai, Melissa Bank, and Tim Gautreaux, among others. In addition, original essays and fiction never before published appear here, including work by John Nichols, Salman Rushdie, and Robert Olen Butler. The result is an exciting and vital collection, a must-have for readers of today's best writing and for fans of today's best films.
“Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope has had a tremendous impact on the nearly anonymous short-story format."-The New York Times
"Zoetrope, dedicated exclusively to the short story-from which Melissa Bank, among others, was launched-has affirmed the new glamour of short fiction."-The New York Observer
“Since its inception, the buzz around Zoetrope has been continuous and loud . . . the magazine has received extensive media coverage and has achieved one of the highest circulations of any literary journal in the country."-Poets & Writers
Francis Ford Coppola brings together the worlds of film and fiction in a spectacular collection from bright newcomers and proven masters of the form
About the Author
Francis Ford Coppola is a filmmaker who has won five Academy Awards, three of which were for screenwriting, and lists among his credits such noteworthy films as The Godfather and its sequels, The Conversation, Apocolypse Now, Rumblefish, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He was the publisher of San Francisco's weekly City magazine in the 1970s, and launched Zoetrope: All-Story with Adrienne Brodeur in 1997. He lives at the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery in Napa Valley with his wife Eleanor.
Table of Contents
The baker's wife / Sara Powers -- Thinning the herd / Peter Lefcourt -- The gates are closing / Amy Bloom -- Midnight's children : a screenplay in search of a movie / Salman Rushdie -- The girls' guide to hunting and fishing / Melissa Bank -- Notes to my biographer / Adam Haslett -- Inside information / Nicola Barker -- The leopard gang / George Makana Clark -- To make a long story short / John Nichols -- Scaring the baddest animal / Chris Spain -- Her new life / Emily Perkins -- Step men / Lucia Nevai -- Custer on Mondays / Jon Billman -- Mortality check / Philip Gourevitch -- Dancing with the one-armed gal / Tim Gautreaux -- What the butler said / Javier Marâias -- The screenplay and the state fair / David Mamet -- Fair warning / Robert Olen Butler.