Anthology of short stories highlights South Philly as a “neighborhood of literary inspiration”

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.

You can buy it and find some more info here or do it the old fashioned way and go to Headhouse Books.


2 thoughts on “Anthology of short stories highlights South Philly as a “neighborhood of literary inspiration”

  • December 10, 2013 at 9:41 am

    i also saw it for sale right here on the ave at nice things handmade. why not support 2 locals this holiday season?!

  • December 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    My sister is one of the authors, Susan Barr-Toman. And – yes – it is available at Nice Things!

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