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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.
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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On this day in 1595 Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was first performed. Read about how Oregon Shakespeare Festival is ta...
01/30/2020
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires a Resident Intimacy Director

On this day in 1595 Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was first performed. Read about how Oregon Shakespeare Festival is taking "a promise to keep their actors emotionally and mentally safe" seriously in Shakespeare's works by hiring a resident intimacy director:

Sarah Lozoff is joining one of the nation’s leading regional theaters for all 11 of its productions in its 2020 season.

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..."Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven" was publishe...
01/29/2020
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe | Poetry Foundation

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..."

Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven" was published 175 years ago today! Revisit a classic:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

See where Gilmore Girls' precocious Rory Gilmore, Notting Hill's romantic Will Thacker, and even You's murderous Joe Gol...
01/29/2020
50 Fictional Booksellers, Ranked

See where Gilmore Girls' precocious Rory Gilmore, Notting Hill's romantic Will Thacker, and even You's murderous Joe Goldberg rank on this fun list of the best fictional booksellers:

Here in the Literary Hub office, we argue about books—and literary culture, and pop culture, and Dermot Mulroney/Dylan McDermott quite a bit. Probably more than is strictly necessary, if I’m …

Shorts is heading south this weekend for a special show at the Dallas Museum of Art! Texans, be sure to join Zach Grenie...
01/29/2020
Selected Shorts on Tour: Dallas Museum of Art

Shorts is heading south this weekend for a special show at the Dallas Museum of Art! Texans, be sure to join Zach Grenier, Wendie Malick, and Rita Wolf for an evening of O. Henry Prize–winning stories! Tickets:

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.

What a treat! Margaret Atwood will release a collection of poetry later this year, focusing on themes of “absences and e...
01/28/2020
Margaret Atwood’s first poetry collection in over a decade will be published this year.

What a treat! Margaret Atwood will release a collection of poetry later this year, focusing on themes of “absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, gifts and renewals.”

If you love Margaret Atwood but don’t feel like immersing yourself in a too-close-to-home dystopia at the moment, good news! Dearly, Atwood’s first poetry collection in more than a deca…

We asked one of our favorite weirdos, comedian Michael Ian Black, to guest host this episode of #TooHotForRadio featurin...
01/28/2020
Too Hot For Radio: Ottessa Moshfegh "The Weirdos" - Selected Shorts - Omny.fm

We asked one of our favorite weirdos, comedian Michael Ian Black, to guest host this episode of #TooHotForRadio featuring a story by the acclaimed writer, Ottessa Moshfegh, and read by the talented Colby Minifie. After the story, Ottessa and Michael chat by phone about her life, work, and which parts of "The Weirdos" might be autobiographical. Let us know what you think!

"Morrison’s book cut a new path through the American literary landscape by placing young black girls at the center of th...
01/28/2020
Toni Morrison’s Profound and Unrelenting Vision

"Morrison’s book cut a new path through the American literary landscape by placing young black girls at the center of the story."

Hilton Als writes in The New Yorker this week about Toni Morrison's “The Bluest Eye,” which was published fifty years ago this year. A great read, especially if you're still thinking about our Selected Shorts Toni Morrison event from last week (we sure are).

“The Bluest Eye,” which was published fifty years ago, cut a new path through the American literary landscape by placing black girls at the center of the story.

We're so thrilled for our friend and frequent Shorts reader Maulik Pancholy, whose novel "The Best at It" has just been ...
01/28/2020
2020 Youth Media Award Winners | American Libraries Magazine

We're so thrilled for our friend and frequent Shorts reader Maulik Pancholy, whose novel "The Best at It" has just been named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association! Congrats Maulik!

The American Library Association (ALA) on January 27 announced the top books, video, and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

So much love, power, respect, and truth was in the air at our Selected Shorts event honoring the late Toni Morrison. Tha...
01/24/2020

So much love, power, respect, and truth was in the air at our Selected Shorts event honoring the late Toni Morrison. Thank you so much to our incredible host, our brilliant cast of actors and speakers, and our great audience for making this night of remembrance so special. And thank you mostly to Toni Morrison, whose work will continue to resonate and inspire us all ❤️

We ❤️ BD! Check out our friend on this fantastic episode of Nancy Podcast:
01/23/2020
It's Mother Fudging BD Wong! | Nancy | WNYC Studios

We ❤️ BD! Check out our friend on this fantastic episode of Nancy Podcast:

Consider this episode a gift to start your 2020 off RIGHT: It’s our conversation with the one-and-only BD Wong. Dreams do come true.

The master of modernism meets the high-fashion runway as Givenchy turns to the works of Virginia Woolf for inspiration.
01/23/2020
Virginia Woolf Is Trending

The master of modernism meets the high-fashion runway as Givenchy turns to the works of Virginia Woolf for inspiration.

The author-as-muse at Givenchy, ikat-as-muse at Armani and upcycling at Margiela.

Happy #LibraryShelfieDay! A small glimpse into our Shorts stacks reveals (you guessed it) tons and tons of short story c...
01/22/2020

Happy #LibraryShelfieDay! A small glimpse into our Shorts stacks reveals (you guessed it) tons and tons of short story collections, many with their corners dog-eared or bursting with post-its to mark our favorite stories, some very old, some new, all cherished and lovingly read.

"The concept is simple yet revolutionary: Members meet up at a bar, a library, a bookstore or any venue that will host t...
01/22/2020
A Novel Concept: Silent Book Clubs Offer Introverts A Space To Socialize

"The concept is simple yet revolutionary: Members meet up at a bar, a library, a bookstore or any venue that will host them. Once the bell rings, silent reading time commences. After an hour, the bell rings again."

How to have a book club without having to prepare a cheese board or vacuum your apartment first:

When the bell rings, it's reading time. At over 70 chapters around the world, people gather at Silent Book Clubs to read whatever they like, as long as it's in silence.

Did anyone wonder why the classic children's story "Goodnight Moon" didn't make the NYPL's 10 most-checked-out books of ...
01/22/2020
How One Librarian Tried to Squash Goodnight Moon

Did anyone wonder why the classic children's story "Goodnight Moon" didn't make the NYPL's 10 most-checked-out books of all time list? It's all boils down to one librarian with a grudge...

This footnote in New York Public Library history hints at a rich story of power, taste, and the crumbling of traditional gatekeepers.

Actress Gillian Anderson sees Toni Morrison as "one of the most interesting, intelligent and talented writers of the las...
01/22/2020
Gillian Anderson Listens to Fleetwood Mac and Loves Toni Morrison

Actress Gillian Anderson sees Toni Morrison as "one of the most interesting, intelligent and talented writers of the last century," could listen to "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac every single day, and recently devoured Sara Collins's debut novel, “The Confessions of Frannie Langton."

The London-based actress finds time for cultural enrichment between starring in “Sex Education” and “The Crown.”

Writer and editor Mona Simpson has been appointed as The Paris Review's new publisher! Cynthia Nixon performed Simpson's...
01/22/2020
Announcing Our New Publisher, Mona Simpson

Writer and editor Mona Simpson has been appointed as The Paris Review's new publisher! Cynthia Nixon performed Simpson's incredible story "Wrong Object" earlier this season at our show celebrating the newest Best American Short Stories collection.

Simpson succeeds Susannah Hunnewell, who passed away in June 2019.

Check out how rapper Noname is encouraging library card registration, and utilizing her bookclub to promote "a space for...
01/22/2020
Noname Is Fighting to Save Black Intellectual Spaces

Check out how rapper Noname is encouraging library card registration, and utilizing her bookclub to promote "a space for young people to experience works by and for people of color."

The rapper started a hashtag to encourage people to divest from corporations.

Read about Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, and more philanthropic authors who donated their works and resources to their b...
01/21/2020
8 Notable Library Bequests By Famous Authors | Book Riot

Read about Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, and more philanthropic authors who donated their works and resources to their beloved libraries:

A list of eight library bequests where authors (and their families) donated their papers and/or donations to libraries (and one hospital).

"In 1963, while sitting at my desk at The New Yorker, I watched the March on Washington, which he and other civil-rights...
01/20/2020
When I Met Martin Luther King, Jr.

"In 1963, while sitting at my desk at The New Yorker, I watched the March on Washington, which he and other civil-rights activists organized, and shed more tears as King talked about his dream of living in a country where his four children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. In the speech, he displayed the humility as well as the strength of his convictions that I had seen in Atlanta, before hundreds of thousands of Americans."

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today and every day, may we work to follow MLK's example of activism, service, empathy, and justice. ❤️🌎

I will always remember that moment and what it taught me about Dr. King and one of his core values: humility.

"Cognitive tests showed that the children who used screens more than an hour a day 'had poorer emerging literacy skills,...
01/20/2020
This is your child’s brain on books. It looks a lot different from your child’s brain on screens.

"Cognitive tests showed that the children who used screens more than an hour a day 'had poorer emerging literacy skills, less ability to use expressive language, and tested lower on the ability to rapidly name objects' than the children who were read to."

A recent study done by the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center of Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital has shown that too much exposure to screens for children under five years old can …

“It was so popular right away — we started with 20 instruments and in the first 24 hours, the instruments were all booke...
01/18/2020
Public Libraries’ Latest Offering: Musical Instruments

“It was so popular right away — we started with 20 instruments and in the first 24 hours, the instruments were all booked up."

Libraries are the BEST. Did you know you can rent out musical instruments at the Central Branch of Brooklyn Public Library?

Libraries, as well as private initiatives are trying to get more instruments into more hands.

“On Sunday afternoon, September 27, 1998, I had the first time gratifying and tranquilizing experience of ‘Selected Shor...
01/18/2020

“On Sunday afternoon, September 27, 1998, I had the first time gratifying and tranquilizing experience of ‘Selected Shorts’... No doubt you heard my standing ovation.”

A really special Selected Shorts #listenerletter from ‘98 💛

When an independent bookstore sent out a melancholy tweet about a slow day at the shop, writer Neil Gaiman stepped in by...
01/17/2020
Oh what a night! Twitter brings £1,000 worth of orders to empty bookshop

When an independent bookstore sent out a melancholy tweet about a slow day at the shop, writer Neil Gaiman stepped in by retweeting their message. Soon after, the little store found over $1,000 of orders coming their way!

We're so excited to have Gaiman, literary mensch as he is, join us in the spring for Selected Shorts: Ray Bradbury Centennial Celebration!

Petersfield Bookshop had no customers for first time in 100-year history – until a sad tweet attracted 1,100 new followers

Love this 'lil library!
01/17/2020
This is the Smallest lovely Library in Italy :-)

Love this 'lil library!

Antonio La Cava, a retired school teacher, transformed his 3-wheeler into a tiny mobile library to spread the joy of books to children in the remote places of Italy.

We are so excited to have Michelle Collins (The Michelle Collins Show on Sirius XM) and Sarah Thyre (Dark at the Roots) ...
01/17/2020
Selected Shorts: Runs in the Family with Michelle Collins and Sarah Thyre

We are so excited to have Michelle Collins (The Michelle Collins Show on Sirius XM) and Sarah Thyre (Dark at the Roots) host our upcoming Selected Shorts evening next Wednesday!

Come laugh with us as Collins and Thyre divulge strange and intriguing stories about family! Get tickets here:
https://www.symphonyspace.org/events/selected-shorts-runs-in-the-family-with-sarah-thyre

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.

"Not surprisingly, what many of our 21st-century, image-bombarded, constantly visually stimulated kids want to read more...
01/15/2020
Getting 21st-Century Kids to Read More Books

"Not surprisingly, what many of our 21st-century, image-bombarded, constantly visually stimulated kids want to read more than ever is graphic novels. They like stories told through a combination of text and pictures."

What could possibly make this generation of image-bombarded, constantly visually stimulated kids choose books more often? One answer lies in graphic novels.

"There’s a generation that demands to see themselves represented in some way in their culture. This generation is going ...
01/15/2020
Awkwafina Returns to Queens, and Nora Lum

"There’s a generation that demands to see themselves represented in some way in their culture. This generation is going to usher in so much more. This is just the tipping point. There’s not a lot of me right now. There’s going to be more."

We're so excited to tune in to Awkwafina's new show! The highly-anticipated sitcom also stars one of our favorite Selected Shorts readers and hosts, BD Wong! We can't wait to watch.

The actress, who recently won a Golden Globe for her turn in “The Farewell,” has had her share of firsts. Her semi-autobiographical TV show, soon to premiere on Comedy Central, is another one.

"For the first time ever, the library on Monday released a list of its most checked out books in its 125 year history. T...
01/14/2020
Children’s Books, Literary Classics Top NYPL’s Most Checked Out List

"For the first time ever, the library on Monday released a list of its most checked out books in its 125 year history. The top 10 lists is mostly filled with children's books and American literary classics that most people probably got the chance to read in school."

Check out the NYPL's list of most check out books!

If your New Year’s resolution was to read more, the New York Public Library has got you covered. For the first time ever, the library on Monday released a list of its most checked out books in its 125 year history. The top 10 lists is mostly filled with children’s books and American literary cla...

Exciting news! The Atlantic is recommitting to publishing short fiction, kicking things off with a new story from Shorts...
01/14/2020
Let’s All Read More Fiction

Exciting news! The Atlantic is recommitting to publishing short fiction, kicking things off with a new story from Shorts-favorite Lauren Groff! Give it a read:

Over the centuries, our magazine has prized great storytelling. Now we’re recommitting ourselves to publishing short fiction, beginning with a story by Lauren Groff.

"In the year leading up to the 2020 election, I would read (at least) one book from each state... prioritizing contempor...
01/13/2020
United we read: Writer roams a fractured nation with 52 books (or more) in 52 weeks

"In the year leading up to the 2020 election, I would read (at least) one book from each state... prioritizing contemporary fiction and memoir, with the hope of exploring shared experiences, such as family, identity and a sense of home."

52 weeks, 52 books: Heather John Fogarty explores the shared experiences of a fractured nation through a literary journey.

"Perhaps the key to Smith's longevity as an artist is that she hasn't changed much. For the past fifty years, she has be...
01/13/2020
Dreaming with Patti Smith

"Perhaps the key to Smith's longevity as an artist is that she hasn't changed much. For the past fifty years, she has been working more or less the same way: in complete devotion to art, in all its forms."

In her new memoir, “Year of the Monkey,” Smith dives deeper into the endless possibilities of her dream life, in the face of loss.

The NYPL's most borrowed book of all time is Ezra Jack Keats’ "The Snowy Day," a 1962 illustrated kids’ book that "evoke...
01/13/2020
The most borrowed book of all-time at the New York Public Library is about snow.

The NYPL's most borrowed book of all time is Ezra Jack Keats’ "The Snowy Day," a 1962 illustrated kids’ book that "evokes the magic of a first snow." ❄️❄️❄️

The NYPL recently tallied up its all-time check-out numbers and released a top ten list of the most borrowed books in its history. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of children’s books and classics…

Lupita Nyong'o's list spans from American classics to graphic novels to celebrity memoirs and more. Check out her top te...
01/08/2020
Lupita Nyong’o’s 10 Favorite Books

Lupita Nyong'o's list spans from American classics to graphic novels to celebrity memoirs and more. Check out her top ten reads!

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Marianne Williamson, and more.

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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