The word downtown is that Steve O’Connor’s collection of short stories, “Smokestack Lightning,” is one of the hot local gift items for last minute shoppers. It’s a little big to go in a stocking, but fits nicely under the tree. Available at Barnes and Noble, Brew’d, Dharma Buns, Welle’s Emporium, and Market Street Market. Get the first edition before it sells out. This is the one that rare book collectors will want down the line. I’m surprised it didn’t make the SUN’s list of best books of the year the other day.