Books by Bill Henderson

LOVE STORIES FOR TURBULENT TIMES by Genie D. Chipps
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The occasional death—or dead dog, even—notwithstanding, heart-tugging testimonials to the power of love."
A valentine's bouquet from much-practiced anthologist Henderson (Pushcart Prize XLII, 2017, etc.) and his spouse, novelist Chipps. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE XLII by Bill Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Now in its fifth decade, Henderson's Pushcart volumes are an invaluable record of what's been happening in America's more or less official literary culture. Hits, misses, and all, this entry is no exception."
Another year, another brick of a book, and the Pushcart Prize annual anthology marches on. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE XLI by Bill Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"There's something for everyone here, and anyone with an interest in contemporary letters will want to see the venerable Pushcart's picks."
Forty-one and counting: the latest installment of the literary prize volume delivers, as ever, with abundance and occasional splendor. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE XL by Bill Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Indeed. But apart from presenting an overstuffed selection of good work, Pushcart affords room for hope. Here's looking forward to many more editions."
The venerable literary annual turns 40, with no signs of slowing down. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE XXXIX by Bill Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Useful as an annual state-of-the-art address, even if the state of the art would seem to be only middling."
An old warhorse takes another turn of the track, just shy of its 40th. Read full book review >
CATHEDRAL by Bill Henderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A brief, lyrical exploration of the author's construction of a personal sacred space, one stone at a time."
One man's quest to build a small stone cathedral despite the odds. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE XXXVIII by Bill Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"Of a piece with previous Pushcart collections, all 37 of them, and a revealing picture of the state of the art in modern American letters."
The venerable literary annual turns 38, with no signs of slowing down. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"Essential for writers real and potential studying the market and otherwise reading the tea leaves. For others, not so much."
An old literary warhorse plods along, with no sign of going lame—but without much energy, either. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"As ever, there are a few misfires and humdrummeries, but the Pushcart anthology remains essential for players in the writing game."
The annual Pushcart Prize anthology hits three dozen with characteristic heft and customary good taste. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"Proves that true vision is about the heart, not the eyes."
Henderson uses his experience with a disability to enhance the learning environment at O'Hearn Elementary School in Boston. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"As ever, an essential barometer for spotting literary trends—and, for would-be writers, figuring out where to send the next submission. And, as ever, essential, period."
The Pushcart Prize hits its 35th anniversary, and editor, literary activist and Pushcart pusher Henderson is ticked off. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2009

"Smart, if perhaps a touch thick around the middle, as befits the onset of middle age."
The 34th annual gathering of the small-press tribes, as broad-ranging as ever. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"As always, lots of bang for the buck: much good reading, much of it from obscure sources not often encountered outside these annual pages."
The venerable award turns 33 and gets a touch closer to its roots. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A mixed bag, as with all Pushcart volumes. But mostly good, and with plenty of bang for the buck."
Still published from a garden shed, the venerable small-press anthology turns 32. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 18, 2006

"There's lots of good writing here, as always. A stalwart, and a staple, of American letters."
Pushcart pushes on, entering its fourth decade of anthologizing the year's crop of small- and literary- press stories, poems and essays. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"A well-focused snapshot of the current state of the art for art's sake. As always, though, the collection is hernia-inducing; smaller would indeed be beautiful."
The venerable Pushcart Prize turns 30. It's looking pretty good, though it could probably stand to lose a little weight and get some more fresh air. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE 2004 XXVIII by Bill Henderson
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A little self-serving, that, but he's on the right track, emerging with another in a long line of good books."
The 2004 iteration of the longstanding best-of series, as always, scours the literary journals for outstanding new fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and memoirs that ordinary readers might otherwise have missed. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"The Pushcart shows itself again a stream to pan for gold in."
The Pushcart, that great democratic literary experiment, continues, in its ample girth, to rumble forward filled with gems, blunders, bafflements, and gifts. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART BOOK OF SHORT STORIES by Bill Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"A victory lap for the Pushcart Prize."
To mark a quarter-century of publishing the "best of the small press"—including over 500 short stories—editor Henderson has selected his favorite 44, which reflect both the triumphs and the shortcomings of post-Watergate American fiction. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Seventy-four entries were selected out of over 5,000 nominations. Another cut might well have been made, but there is wheat here among the chaff."
The 25th anniversary edition of a tradition in American literature, heavier on quantity than quality but still worth perusing for some showstoppers. Read full book review >
TOWER by Bill Henderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Henderson may meander a bit, but his search for fulfillment and a renewed outlook on life lands on solid and fertile ground. (10 b&w illustrations)"
Pushcart Press founder and publisher Henderson (Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club, 1996, etc.) discovers the "utter joy of building" and shares his quest for grace, bargain lumber, and something to call God in this part-memoir, part-how-to labor of love. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

"To independent publishing what Sundance is to independent films: a little buzz, a lot of variety, some second-raters, and many chances for discovery."
For this year's anthology, essays again rank higher in quality than stories, despite being outnumbered. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Henderson, to account for Pushcart's successful existence outside corporate publishing—no one, that is, except readers interested in good writing."
Here's the ever-welcome annual sampling of noncommercial publishing, full enough of poems, stories, and essays to redeem Henderson's somewhat self-congratulatory introductory declaration of literary independence (and survival). Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE XXII by Bill Henderson
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"For the Pushcart's cheerleading calls our attention to some wonderful literature, and, what's more, to the wonderful variety that redeems the existence of more mediocre work."
This year's Pushcart anthology of small-press literature is the biggest yet—which means more gems, and yet more dross surrounding them. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The Pushcart series is the best of its kind and a worthy effort simply because Henderson ignores the latest trends and fads and zeroes in on quality wherever he happens to find it."
As always in the Pushcart collections of stories, essays, and poems from the little magazines, there is a wide range of quality and a good balance of names familiar and scarcely known. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

Henderson, the Pushcart Press's publisher, struck a powerful ``Leaddite'' nerve when he founded the antitech Lead Pencil Club, and his selection here shows how deep the reactions are to the telecommunications bubble of e-mail, telephones, faxes, TV, and radio. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In its 20th year, it is more successful on the first count than the second."
The Pushcart Prize's 20th anniversary is a cause for celebration and concern. Read full book review >
HER FATHER by Bill Henderson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Just this side of bathos, this is a heartfelt and affecting story of a scapegrace who achieved grace through the oldest of marvels, parenthood."
The founder of the Pushcart Press and editor of its Pushcart Prize series writes a coming-of-middle-age memoir that gets as intimate as a memoir ought to. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A surprising, vital collection that should hearten all serious readers."
It's hard not to get too excited about the latest enormous volume of the best of the noncommercial world of short stories, poetry, and essays. Read full book review >
LOVE STORIES FOR THE REST OF US by Genie D. Chipps
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"However, it fails to include a number of topics: safe sex, cybersex, etc. Also, the focus is overwhelmingly heterosexual."
Culled from the past decade's Pushcart Prize selections, a collection for those who like their tales of love light on sentimentality and with a twist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Gleanings from an increasingly spent field."
As little magazines become house organs of university writing mills, talent discoveries become paradoxically harder to make. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Now in its late teenage, Pushcart's pulse seems to need a jolt. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"As always, then: must reading for anyone interested in the present and future of American arts and letters."
Once again, Henderson's annual sampling of the nation's small presses astonishes with its variety and energy. Read full book review >