Edith Pearlman Wins! (And so do small presses!)

categories: Cocktail Hour


Congratulations to Edith Pearlman on the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction.  And to Lookout Books.  It’s just amazing that this could happen to a tiny press with their very first book.  Credit Emily Smith and Ben George, who worked tirelessly (and brilliantly) to make their dream a reality.  Talk about an underdog winning….

Emily Smith, Edith Pearlman, and Ben George celebrate!


Binocular Vision, Pearlman’s story collection, was praised for its “lapidary language” and its “moments of grace.” She thanked the NBCC for awarding the short story, a form often overlooked. She praised her publisher, Lookout Books, “who chose me for their debut author.” Said Pearlman, “Little presses and little magazines are dedicated to keeping literature

alive, and they deserve thanks from every writer; tonight, particularly from me.”

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  1. Bill writes:

    This is such great news all around. Congrats to Edith, and to the press, and to readers everywhere!

  2. monica wood writes:

    Makes my whole day.

  3. George de Gramont writes:

    Good news! Well deserved!