Here’s a unique gift idea: a book called “South Philly Fiction.”
The book, released Dec. 1, is a collection of more than a dozen short stories edited by Josh McIlvain and Christopher Munden that are either set in or inspired by South Philly.
According to a news release:
Funny, shocking, true-to-life, even a little magical, these varied and revealing tales use Philadelphia’s iconic neighborhood as their literary inspiration. South Philly Fiction presents a complex and diverse world that defies common stereotypes.
The book is the third installment, in a way, of anthologies “Philly Fiction” and the first of what are planned to be several neighborhood-focused collections.
McIlvain told us that they chose South Philly first because they feel it has the best name recognition of city neighborhoods. “It has a an iconic status outside the city even,” McIlvain said. “And it is made up of many different people from many different backgrounds, a large and diverse immigrant population that changes from generation to generation, as well as a shifting population.”
“South Philly is like its own ecosystem, and that is why it is ripe for a book of this kind,” he said. West Philly, you’re next.