Having displayed equal finesse with both short and long fiction (especially the sublime novel, Feast of Love), Charles Baxter here offers 23 allied stories detailing the lives of his sober and good-intentioned but still somewhat afflicted Midwesterners, crafting a sympathetic portrait of the region that's part Garrison Keillor, part Sherwood Anderson, and part Alfred Hitchcock.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.