New short story collection by Ian Stansel

New short story collection by Ian Stansel

Cover of Glossary for the End of Days

Professor Ian Stansel just released his short story collection Glossary for the End of Days, published by with Acre Books. The eleven stories in this collection explore today’s cultural and political climate with a disarming blend of speculation and realism. Whether faced with tragedy, approaching disaster, or an all-too-familiar uncertainty, these protagonists—siblings, lovers, executives, drifters—reveal complex and often startling turns of mind, surprising themselves as well as the reader.

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“Shot through with the exquisite ache of being human, Glossary for the End of Days explores how we continue after our worlds seem to have ended; how we make new worlds for ourselves—via relationships, spirituality, even music—and learn how to live in them. What a gorgeous, imaginative, and needed-in-this-moment book.”
—Maggie Smith, author of Keep Moving and Good Bones

“Wildly entertaining stories that are also strangely prescient. Ian Stansel writes with patience, grace, and insight.”
—Craig Finn, Songwriter, Lead Singer of The Hold Steady

Ian Stansel is Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing in the English Department. He is the author of the novel The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) and the story collection Everybody’s Irish (FiveChapters, 2013). His work has appeared in numerous venues such as Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Joyland, Cincinnati Review, Salon, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere.