Reading the Golden State

New California Writing 2013

Anthologies offer the opportunity to sample many voices, and New California Writing 2013 (Heyday, $16.95) doesn't disappoint, with 320 pages of fiction, nonfiction and poetry—all published within the past year. The big names—Joan Didion, Robert Hass and David Rains Wallace—share space with writers whose names may be less familiar, including Shanthi Sekaran and Keenan Norris. Acclaimed local writer Jodi Angel closes the volume with her short story, “A Good Deuce.”