“On Fridays” from Lovers and Strangers Revisited — my 100th Short Story published! — will be reprinted in Hong Kong-based Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Cha is also providing a link to my blog “On Fridays: The Story Behind the Story” sending the Story Behind the Story blog series international with its first literary magazine connection. “On Fridays” has now been published 13 times!
Cha does not normally reprint works (apart from the “Lost Teas” section). So, when we do republish a piece, it has to be very good. The September 2010 issue will feature Robert Raymer‘s short story “On Fridays” from his collection Lovers and Strangers Revisited (MPH 2008), winner of the 2009 The Star-Popular Reader’s Choice Award. The collection has been published three times, originally in Singapore by Heinemann Asia (1993) as Lovers and Strangers. Over a span of 24 years, the 17 stories set in Malaysia have been published 78 times in 11 countries.
The story we are reprinting, “On Fridays”, has a good publishing track record: an early version was published in Singapore in 1989 and last published in 2003 in The Literary Review (US) and Frank (France) as a joint publication. Robert did a blog series on the collection, The Story Behind the Story, starting with the first story, “On Fridays”.
In a new blog post, Robert mentions that “On Fridays” is his 100th published short story. The post begins with the following:
Bio: Named as one of the “50 Expats You Should Know” in Malaysia by Expatriate Lifestyle (January 2010), Robert Raymer’s short stories have appeared in The Literary Review, Thema, Descant, London Magazine, Going Places, and Silverfish. Lovers and Strangers Revisited (MPH 2008), a collection of 17 short stories set in Malaysia won the 2009 Popular-The Star Readers Choice Awards. Tropical Affairs: Episodes from an Expat’s Life in Malaysia (MPH 2009) is a collection of creative nonfiction about his experiences of living in Malaysia for over twenty years. His blog on writing, interviews, and book reviews can be accessed from his website.