Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Review, the internationally distributed literary quarterly published at the University of Georgia since 1947, has been honored by inclusion in The Best American Magazine Writing 2007 anthology, compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors and published by Columbia University Press.
The Georgia Review’s contribution to this volume is Michael Donohue’s “Russell and Mary,” which won the 2007 National Magazine Award in the essays category-beating out entries from The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Foreign Affairs and New Letters by such well-known authors as Paul Theroux, Thomas Friedman and Calvin Trillin.
“Russell and Mary” is a moving and evocative account of a Brooklyn renter who attempts to piece together the lives of his elderly landlady and her long-deceased husband using a box of personal effects the couple left behind. The essay was originally published in The Georgia Review’s special sixtieth-anniversary double issue (Fall/Winter 2006).
In addition to The Georgia Review’s entry, this year’s Best American Magazine Writing includes pieces first published in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, GQ, The Nation, National Geographic, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian Vanity Fair and elsewhere. Along with Michael Donohue, the anthology features William Langewiesche, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Theroux, Alex Ross and others.
Publisher’s Weekly says of Best American Magazine Writing “if this anthology were a magazine, everybody would subscribe.” Kirkus Reviews describes the collection as “the best works of the year, cherry-picked and suitably delicious.”
The book will be published in December, and is available for pre-order and purchase from Columbia University Press and all major retail and online booksellers.