When you start feeling in your soul that something’s missing, and that feels gross and weird, then go out in the streets, go to bars with your friends, and just talk to people in the world,” she said, her mellifluous voice building momentum. Actually ask to work with people that are different, and hire people that are different — and by working and building it into your natural life, you will then have loads of people of color (emphasis added).
So’s death is particularly confounding because it occurred just as his star was rising.... “Afterparties” is now poised for the kind of buzzy release rare for debut collections. Ecco announced a first printing of 100,000 copies, far more than what is typical for a book of short stories. Early champions include Brit Bennett, George Saunders and Bryan Washington, as well as Mary Karr, Dana Spiotta and Jonathan Dee, all three of whom taught So at the master’s of fine arts creative-writing program at Syracuse. The book was selected by the writer Roxane Gay for her monthly book club, and has appeared in the summer reading recommendations of Vanity Fair, BuzzFeed, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Men’s Journal. The literary journal n+1, one of the first major outlets to publish So’s work, earlier this year created the Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize, a $5,000 award, in his honor (emphasis added).