Authors Gather to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

Ellen Datlow, who serves on the Board of Advisors for The Shirley Jackson Awards, writes in to tell us that she is hosting a reading of Shirley Jackson’s work by award-winning and leading authors on July 23rd at the KGB Bar in New York City. Proceeds from the event, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of Shirley Jackson’s classic short story “The Lottery“, will benefit the Shirley Jackson Awards.

From the press release:

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” “The Lottery” was first published on June 28, 1948 in The New Yorker.

Ms. Jackson’s work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem has called Jackson “one of this century’s most luminous and strange American writers,” and multiple generations of authors would agree.

Authors scheduled to appear att he reading include F. Brett Cox’s, Jeffrey Ford, Jack Ketchum, Carrie Laben, John Langan, Sarah Langan, Peter Straub, David Wellington, and Jack Womack.

My first encounter with “The Lottery” was through a television set in a school classroom. I was amazed…

One thought on “Authors Gather to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery””

  1. After 60 years this story still has the power to shock, and to raise more questions than it answers. It has a mythological quality. I too saw the classroom film version when I was younger and remember the incongruity of looks of the L.L. Bean/ Smucker’s Jam people, in contrast to their actions. They seemed so normal, so nice.. and yet…

    Great story!

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