Tender and strange, startling and lyrical, witty and nuanced, Ran Walker’s stories lingered in my mind long after I finished reading them. His prose is taut, precise, and economical, but each one of these tiny stories is expansive in the way it enlarges the world through an eclectic mixture of distinctive characters and surprising plots. I’m never quite at ease in a Ran Walker story. And that’s a good thing. He's a master of the 100-word form.
Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo and Co-Founder of 100 Word Story
Ran Walker is a writer's writer. In Keep It 100, he brings forth so many styles, the reader is virtually assured to experience delight. This book offers a mosaic of lives lived. I will read it again and again and again.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You and We Cast a Shadow
These stories may be brief, but they are so substantial they get deep down into your bones and bubble up into your thoughts as you move through the day. I’m amazed that Ran Walker can stuff so much meaning and power into so few words, but he does it one hundred times in Keep It 100. He's just that talented. To paraphrase Ethridge Knight: Making jazz swing in one hundred words AIN’T no square writer’s job.
Rion Amilcar Scott, award-winning author of Insurrections and The World Doesn't Require You
'Keep It 100' means to keep it real. What’s realer than a growing artist advancing a new style? With this collection, Ran Walker gels thematically and structurally with stories that bridge from the page, across one’s imagination, and into that place all writers want to go - the heart. Now that’s real.
Sabin Prentis, author of Better Left Unsaid and Compared to What
Ran Walker excels at cross-threading various genres into bite-sized, literary wonders. Walker's passions are on full display: hip hop, superheroes, romance, families, dystopian futures, and more. A forward-thinking yet entertaining collection of microfiction.
Scott Semegran, award-winning author of The Benevolent Lords of Sometimes Island and To Squeeze a Prairie Dog
In almost as few words as it will take me to write this, Ran Walker gave us all the elements of good fiction: character, setting, mood, theme and strong, unique points-of-view. I admit, I was skeptical about microfiction of about one hundred words being an effective vehicle to deliver a complete story, but damned if he didn’t pull it off. Exceptional.
Nia Forrester, bestselling author of the Commitment and Afterwards series
Ran Walker, like a master butcher, cuts the fat and gets to the 'meat' of things. A buffet of brilliance, Keep It 100 is a true example of great writing that can be/should be consumed and appreciated many times over.
Van G. Garrett, award-winning author of Water Bodies and Songs in Blue Negritude
We live in an age where literature is changing. Ran Walker is a champion of and innovator in the form of microfiction. Keep It 100 is a bright and inspiring continuation of this journey. Modern voices require modern formats, and Ran has brought both together in this book.
Mitchell Davis, CEO of BiblioLabs