In our ongoing effort to celebrate friends of TBWCYL, Inc. this week, we want to take a moment to celebrate the short story collection This Land Was Made for You and Me by Pete Anderson of Pete Lit blog fame. The stories are all inspired by a series photos like the above that were "originally created under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration, a New Deal-era social program under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt." They are stories about small business owners and migrant farmers, pregnant laundresses and adolescent girls falling in love for the first time. The stories are very much like Pete himself, throwbacks to another time, nuanced, and dignified, with great attention to detail. For more thoughts from Pete himself on how this collection came about, not to mention a bonus excerpt, you can visit his blog here. As you can probably tell, we are big fans of Pete and we really enjoyed reading the collection, and so we were sorry to read in Pete Lit today that the collection was not one of the finalists in the DIAGRAM chapbook contest. We are confident publishers will be fighting over it soon, but In the interim please feel free to bug Pete about running more excerpts and we will pester him to submit either "Man at the bar on Saturday night" or "In front of the movie theater," to This Zine Will Change Your Life.