David Means is the author of three short-story collections. His second, Assorted Fire Events, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. His third, The Secret Goldfish, was short-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Means’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Zoetrope, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories. Faber and Faber will publish The Spot, his fourth collection, in May.