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Winner of the 2020 Writers Short Stories: Joseph Monninger (Burkina Faso)

Winner of the 2020 Writers Short Stories: Joseph Monninger (Burkina Faso)

A Cup of Stars (Short stories) Joseph Monninger (Burkina Faso 1975–77) Wood Heat Press May 2020 458 pages $10.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle) Joe Monninger’s work has appeared in American Heritage, Scientific American, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated and Ellery Queen, among other publications. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso, from 1975-77. Over his 30 years writing journey through multiple genres in fiction, nonfiction, and young adult novels, Monninger has attracted significant praise: Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Richard Eder, reviewing Monninger’s 1991 novel The Viper Tree, compared him to renowned author Graham Greene; in 2007, NPR’s Bill Littlefield said Monninger’s historical boxing book, Two Ton, deserves a spot among that sport’s classic literature. His young adult novel, Baby, was awarded the 2008 award for best children’s literature from the Peace Corps Writers.  It was also chosen as a top ten book by YALSA, . . .

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