Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen. Whether we present stories around a lively theme, the favorite works of a guest author or a special collaboration with a museum or publication, each Selected Shorts event is a unique night of literature in performance.
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Who doesn’t like a good murder mystery? Place your bid in the Symphony Space Auction today for your chance to win a Murd...
05/06/2021

Who doesn’t like a good murder mystery? Place your bid in the Symphony Space Auction today for your chance to win a Murder Mystery Zoom party for you and 29 BFFs! https://bit.ly/3h21Rni #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Who doesn’t like a good murder mystery? Place your bid in the Symphony Space Auction today for your chance to win a Murder Mystery Zoom party for you and 29 BFFs! https://bit.ly/3h21Rni #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Imagine opening your mailbox to a postcard from David Sedaris. Now make it a reality by placing your bid in the Symphony...
05/05/2021

Imagine opening your mailbox to a postcard from David Sedaris. Now make it a reality by placing your bid in the Symphony Space Gala Auction! https://bit.ly/3xO9bsA #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Imagine opening your mailbox to a postcard from David Sedaris. Now make it a reality by placing your bid in the Symphony Space Gala Auction! https://bit.ly/3xO9bsA #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Support Symphony Space and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience! Browse and bid at Symphony Space's online auction today. ht...
05/05/2021

Support Symphony Space and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience! Browse and bid at Symphony Space's online auction today. https://bit.ly/33cNBjp #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Anika Noni Rose Kelli O'Hara Sam Heughan

Support Symphony Space and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience! Browse and bid at Symphony Space's online auction today. https://bit.ly/33cNBjp #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Anika Noni Rose Kelli O'Hara Sam Heughan

Spoiler Alert! At tomorrow's Selected Shorts, we keep you guessing right up to the final line. Actors Lauren Ambrose, Te...
05/04/2021
Virtual Selected Shorts: With a Twist

Spoiler Alert! At tomorrow's Selected Shorts, we keep you guessing right up to the final line. Actors Lauren Ambrose, Teagle F. Bougere, Maria Dizzia, Amy Ryan, Kaneza Schaal, Dan Stevens, and host Arian Moayed bring to life a cast of con men, vengeful wives, desperate seekers, and women of mystery, with stories by Truman Capote, Jac Jemc, Penelope Lively, and Bernice L. McFadden. Join the fun!

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

Jerry Seinfeld said, "There is no such thing as fun for the whole family." But families do make for great short stories ...
05/04/2021

Jerry Seinfeld said, "There is no such thing as fun for the whole family." But families do make for great short stories which you'll hear on this episode of the Shorts' podcast. Jenna Ushkowitz reads Heather Monley’s “Paddle to Canada,” where a risky family boating trip becomes contested history. And Jamel Brinkley’s “A Family” shows people coming together in unexpected ways after a loss. Brandon J. Dirden performs this "Best American Short Stories 2019" selection; brief comments by guest editor Roxane Gay are included. Listen at https://bit.ly/3un66xp.

Jerry Seinfeld said, "There is no such thing as fun for the whole family." But families do make for great short stories which you'll hear on this episode of the Shorts' podcast. Jenna Ushkowitz reads Heather Monley’s “Paddle to Canada,” where a risky family boating trip becomes contested history. And Jamel Brinkley’s “A Family” shows people coming together in unexpected ways after a loss. Brandon J. Dirden performs this "Best American Short Stories 2019" selection; brief comments by guest editor Roxane Gay are included. Listen at https://bit.ly/3un66xp.

When Sandra Boynton, Yo-Yo Ma, and author Ann Patchett appear in a virtual room together, who knows what might happen?!?...
05/02/2021
A Cartoonist, a Cellist, and a Novelist Walk into a Bar: Sandra Boynton, Yo-Yo Ma & Ann Patchett

When Sandra Boynton, Yo-Yo Ma, and author Ann Patchett appear in a virtual room together, who knows what might happen?!? Get ready when these three friends gather to celebrate Boynton's latest book and collaboration with Ma. There will be music, great illustrations, fascinating conversation, and lots of laughs. Join us this Tuesday.

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

Meet the cast of Symphony Space’s Everything But Dancing on March 22, 2022 at Symphony Space. Yes, in the theater! Place...
05/02/2021

Meet the cast of Symphony Space’s Everything But Dancing on March 22, 2022 at Symphony Space. Yes, in the theater! Place your bid in our auction today. https://bit.ly/3gz4yfz #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Meg Wolitzer, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Roz Chast

Meet the cast of Symphony Space’s Everything But Dancing on March 22, 2022 at Symphony Space. Yes, in the theater! Place your bid in our auction today. https://bit.ly/3gz4yfz #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Meg Wolitzer, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Roz Chast

On this day, we look back on the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize...
05/01/2021
Gwendolyn Brooks | Poetry Foundation

On this day, we look back on the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. Gwendolyn Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 for her three part work "Annie Allen." Her other accomplishments include receiving the National Medal of Arts, the Robert Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Poetry Society of America, and the Order of Lincoln, the highest honor granted by the State of Illinois. “Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come Again in this identical disguise.” ― Gwendolyn Brooks, "Annie Allen"

Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most highly regarded, influential, and widely read poets of 20th-century American poetry. She was a much-honored poet, even in her lifetime, with the distinction of being the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library…

Calling all fashionistas! Don't miss your chance to win a happy hour with Isaac Mizrahi at the Symphony Space Auction! h...
05/01/2021

Calling all fashionistas! Don't miss your chance to win a happy hour with Isaac Mizrahi at the Symphony Space Auction! https://bit.ly/3gA6zIE #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Calling all fashionistas! Don't miss your chance to win a happy hour with Isaac Mizrahi at the Symphony Space Auction! https://bit.ly/3gA6zIE #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Let Broadway sensation Tituss Burgess serenade you with a song of your choice.  Browse the Symphony Space auction and pl...
04/30/2021

Let Broadway sensation Tituss Burgess serenade you with a song of your choice. Browse the Symphony Space auction and place your bid today! https://bit.ly/2QVPDkP #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Let Broadway sensation Tituss Burgess serenade you with a song of your choice. Browse the Symphony Space auction and place your bid today! https://bit.ly/2QVPDkP #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Relive sweet memories of childhood with a personalized postcard and book from beloved author Judy Blume. Bid today for y...
04/29/2021

Relive sweet memories of childhood with a personalized postcard and book from beloved author Judy Blume. Bid today for your chance to win! https://bit.ly/3aA9Y6n #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Relive sweet memories of childhood with a personalized postcard and book from beloved author Judy Blume. Bid today for your chance to win! https://bit.ly/3aA9Y6n #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Got humor? Bid on a one-on-one comedy class with the extraordinary Michael Ian Black today! https://bit.ly/3dIoFGv #Symp...
04/28/2021

Got humor? Bid on a one-on-one comedy class with the extraordinary Michael Ian Black today! https://bit.ly/3dIoFGv #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Got humor? Bid on a one-on-one comedy class with the extraordinary Michael Ian Black today! https://bit.ly/3dIoFGv #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Happy birthday to Harper Lee, who would have been 95 today. Given her popularity as a writer, it's amazing to think she ...
04/28/2021

Happy birthday to Harper Lee, who would have been 95 today. Given her popularity as a writer, it's amazing to think she only published two books in her lifetime, the Pulitzer Prize-winning literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird, which continues to sell millions each year, and Go Set a Watchman.

Happy birthday to Harper Lee, who would have been 95 today. Given her popularity as a writer, it's amazing to think she only published two books in her lifetime, the Pulitzer Prize-winning literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird, which continues to sell millions each year, and Go Set a Watchman.

Theater fans, you won't want to miss this rare interview with one of the legends of New York theater, George C. Wolfe. T...
04/27/2021
This Is New York: John Benjamin Hickey in Conversation with George C. Wolfe

Theater fans, you won't want to miss this rare interview with one of the legends of New York theater, George C. Wolfe. Tune in tomorrow night as he talks with John Benjamin Hickey about his long career writing and directing shows like Angels in America and Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk; as well as his storied movie career, most recently the film adaptation of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. This Is New York is our series that brings iconic New Yorkers right to your living room to celebrate what makes this city so great. Join us! https://bit.ly/3eypukt

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

One-of-a-kind experiences from the comfort of your home...yes please! Place your bid in Symphony Space's auction today. ...
04/27/2021

One-of-a-kind experiences from the comfort of your home...yes please! Place your bid in Symphony Space's auction today. https://bit.ly/32IrPDS #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Tituss Burgess Isaac Mizrahi Meg Wolitzer Suzzy Roche Lucy Wainwright Roche Roz Chast Judy Blume Al Hirschfeld Foundation Michael Ian Black

One-of-a-kind experiences from the comfort of your home...yes please! Place your bid in Symphony Space's auction today. https://bit.ly/32IrPDS #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Tituss Burgess Isaac Mizrahi Meg Wolitzer Suzzy Roche Lucy Wainwright Roche Roz Chast Judy Blume Al Hirschfeld Foundation Michael Ian Black

On the podcast now, a wickedly entertaining program featuring the big names of Russian literature - Anton Chekhov, Leo T...
04/27/2021

On the podcast now, a wickedly entertaining program featuring the big names of Russian literature - Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, and Fyodor Dostoevsky - as seen through the eyes of the bestselling American writer George Saunders. Readers include Donna Lynne Champlin, BD WONG, Becca Blackwell, Peter Jay Fernandez, Santino Fontana, Zach Grenier, Ann Harada, and Peter Mark Kendall. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3xwEzeP

On the podcast now, a wickedly entertaining program featuring the big names of Russian literature - Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, and Fyodor Dostoevsky - as seen through the eyes of the bestselling American writer George Saunders. Readers include Donna Lynne Champlin, BD WONG, Becca Blackwell, Peter Jay Fernandez, Santino Fontana, Zach Grenier, Ann Harada, and Peter Mark Kendall. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3xwEzeP

Take your book club to Zoom with Nathan Englander, Pulitzer finalist and prize-winning author! Bid today at the Symphony...
04/26/2021

Take your book club to Zoom with Nathan Englander, Pulitzer finalist and prize-winning author! Bid today at the Symphony Space Auction! https://bit.ly/3xgF9gM #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Take your book club to Zoom with Nathan Englander, Pulitzer finalist and prize-winning author! Bid today at the Symphony Space Auction! https://bit.ly/3xgF9gM #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Registration for Thalia Kids Book Club Summer Camp is now open! Meet your favorite authors and artists in the company of...
04/25/2021

Registration for Thalia Kids Book Club Summer Camp is now open! Meet your favorite authors and artists in the company of fellow book-lovers, and make everlasting memories. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3esCc3X

Registration for Thalia Kids Book Club Summer Camp is now open! Meet your favorite authors and artists in the company of fellow book-lovers, and make everlasting memories. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3esCc3X

In an unusual literary and linguistic feat, the Pulitzer-winning author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” ...
04/25/2021
Writing in Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri Found a New Voice

In an unusual literary and linguistic feat, the Pulitzer-winning author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” wrote her latest novel, “Whereabouts,” in Italian and translated it to English.

In an unusual literary and linguistic feat, the Pulitzer-winning author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” wrote her latest novel, “Whereabouts,” in Italian and translated it to English.

Calling all Kyle MacLachlan fans (and really, who isn't?)!! Can't wait to have him back at Selected Shorts, but until th...
04/24/2021
5 Surprising Facts: Kyle MacLachlan

Calling all Kyle MacLachlan fans (and really, who isn't?)!! Can't wait to have him back at Selected Shorts, but until then, he makes a great FDR in Atlantic Crossing on PBS. They dug up some surprising facts about him.

Avid golfer, winery owner, dog lover. Meet the Kyle MacLachlan you don't know through these five facts about the Atlantic Crossing star. #AtlanticCrossingPBS

It's #NationalPoetryMonth. Even if you think you’re poetry-averse, these writers may change your mind.
04/24/2021
5 Poets to Help You Love Poetry

It's #NationalPoetryMonth. Even if you think you’re poetry-averse, these writers may change your mind.

Even if you think you’re poetry-averse, these writers may change your mind.

Dreaming of Anika Noni Rose reading your child's favorite bedtime story? It's possible thanks to the Symphony Space Auct...
04/24/2021

Dreaming of Anika Noni Rose reading your child's favorite bedtime story? It's possible thanks to the Symphony Space Auction. Browse and bid today. https://bit.ly/3x0R9Tt #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

Dreaming of Anika Noni Rose reading your child's favorite bedtime story? It's possible thanks to the Symphony Space Auction. Browse and bid today. https://bit.ly/3x0R9Tt #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace

It's #IndependentBookstoreDay! Show your local indie shop some love and celebrate both online and in person at over 700 ...
04/24/2021
This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day—go forth and buy books!

It's #IndependentBookstoreDay! Show your local indie shop some love and celebrate both online and in person at over 700 stores nationwide!

Just a little, happy reminder: Independent Bookstore Day is this Saturday, April 24th. This year, the celebration is both online and in person at over 700 stores nationwide, featuring free author c…

We're getting excited for our next virtual Selected Shorts night. Writer, director, and actor Arian Moayed (Succession) ...
04/23/2021
Virtual Selected Shorts: With a Twist

We're getting excited for our next virtual Selected Shorts night. Writer, director, and actor Arian Moayed (Succession) leads a cast including Lauren Ambrose (Servant), Teagle F. Bougere (Queen America), Maria Dizzia (Emergence), Amy Ryan (The Office), Kaneza Schaal (Cartography), and Dan Stevens (Legion) as they introduce us to a beguiling collection of escape artists, vengeful wives, con men, and desperate seekers as we follow them through a labyrinth of stories filled with unexpected turns and extraordinary endings. Join us May 5th: https://bit.ly/3tYoVad

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

Happy birthday Shakespeare! How well do you know the bard's works? Test your knowledge here.
04/23/2021
Shakespeare and His Plays Quiz

Happy birthday Shakespeare! How well do you know the bard's works? Test your knowledge here.

“If quizzes be the food of knowledge, play on...” is something Shakespeare didn’t write. But maybe he should have. If you know what he actually wrote, take this quiz and prove it.

Let's celebrate #WorldBookDay together - let us know what book you've recently read that you'd recommend to a friend.
04/23/2021

Let's celebrate #WorldBookDay together - let us know what book you've recently read that you'd recommend to a friend.

Let's celebrate #WorldBookDay together - let us know what book you've recently read that you'd recommend to a friend.

Sam Heughan's signature on a poster...OMG #priceless. Place your bid in the Symphony Space Auction today for your chance...
04/22/2021

Sam Heughan's signature on a poster...OMG #priceless. Place your bid in the Symphony Space Auction today for your chance to win! https://bit.ly/32AAlEH #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace Outlander

Sam Heughan's signature on a poster...OMG #priceless. Place your bid in the Symphony Space Auction today for your chance to win! https://bit.ly/32AAlEH #SymphonySpaceGala #Auction #SupportSymphonySpace Outlander

Congratulations to this year's O. Henry Prize Winners. So many friends in this group, including Tiphanie Yanique whose s...
04/22/2021
Performing Arts Center, Theater, Film

Congratulations to this year's O. Henry Prize Winners. So many friends in this group, including Tiphanie Yanique whose story is featured on the most recent episode of Selected Shorts: Too Hot For Radio. You can hear "The Great World" read by @HamptonFluker, AND hear a wonderful, fun, funny discussion between Tiphanie and host Aparna Nancherla at https://bit.ly/3sGuTuS

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

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Can you fix the audio in the "Reality Checks" evening? Impossible to hear the end of the Josh Radnor story because of an audio problem.
Ilya Krivosheev is young prose writer, pastry cook and traveler from Russia. His last literary project “The Major Arcana” is collection of twenty-two stories, where the plots are played on the basis of tarot cards.
Heck, I'm trying to find an audio of Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl" I heard in the 90s (and I think played on the radio?) that was in a Caribbean accent and full of sass. Anyone know where to find it? I've reviewed the audio and video bits I could find by googling. Thanks! I may have heard it on SS.
I have been searching for a Yom Kippur story, I think it was called "The Cell Phones," but I can't find it. Does anyone know where I can find this story, or at least the author's name?
I was hoping someone could help me - I heard a story several years ago on Selected Shorts and I don't remember the title or author. The story was about a teenager who babysat young children at an old mansion. The children had a ritual where whenever they walked up the stairs they would spin around and say a chant, which they claimed kept the monsters/ghosts away. The babysitter plays along until one day an intruder breaks into the house and chases her up the stairs until suddenly he vanishes. Does anybody know this story?
We are deeply saddened to hear that Selected Shorts host Isaiah Sheffer has passed away. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers to the Family....Bob & Holly Gerspacher
I'm looking for a short story that was about a man describing his childhood. It seems like it was a Christmas episode. There was something about a sled and snow. My late brother played this story for me years ago and I am having the hardest time recalling the episode. I remember loving it and sharing in that story with him.
Ian Fraser's Lamentations of the Father, broadcast Jun 23 2018 was HYSTERICAL
Sad day, fellow Selected Shorts fans: My hard drive with the complete downloaded archive of all episodes gave up the ghost. If you would like to gather 'round and say a few words–what are your favorite episodes? I listened to some old Edgar Allen Poe readings more than once as well as this tower of Babel story that had something to do with digging. I remember a story about a man in Japan who survived, or did not survive, a tsunami. So many stories. :-(
Just discovered this website-so interesting!
I love the podcast but I wonder if there is any way to hear it uncensored.
Awesome program been listening a long time