Mary Robison joins some fine company - Eudora Welty, Amy Hempel, John Updike and Joyce Carol Oates - by winning the Rea Award for the Short Story. The 61-year-old author of books including Days, Believe Them, Why Did I Ever and most recently the novel One D.O.A., One on the Way - which was chosen for Oprah's Book Club in 2009 - will receive $30,000.
Judges Hempel, Andrea Barrett and Jayne Anne Phillips applauded Robison's stories for "their lean, cool ferocity and their wry takes on people in pivotal moments.''
Robison now teaches at the University of Florida. And so we say: Go, Gator.