Nov 1, 2012
Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator. Born in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, New York, most of his writing --- both fiction and nonfiction --- perfectly captures the Big Apple. His latest collection of short stories, THE CHRISTMAS KID, is no exception. The book brings together here for the first time 36 of his short stories about Brooklyn. They cover the streets where Hamill grew up at a time when work and love mattered more than anything else and the Dodgers still played in Ebbets Field. In this interview, conducted by Bookreporter.com’s Tom Callahan, Hamill talks about the genesis of this project, New York City’s own brand of nostalgia, and his optimism regarding the future of short fiction.