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Hosted by Isaiah Sheffer,Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story presents some of the finest artists in American theater and screen reading short fiction by classic, contemporary and bold new writers. Each program is recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. The programs have featured works by master writers, from Chekhov to Wharton and Hemingway; stories by contemporary greats from John Updike to Alice Walker; and the fresh works of new literary talents, from Pulitzer Prize-winning Jhumpa Lahiri to promising newcomers like Rattawut Lapchararoensap and Etgar Keret.
Let Us Tell You a Story. Every week, great actors from stage, screen and television bring incredible stories to life.
Friday, March 7, 2014 11:00am
Guest host Jane Curtin presents three works about family. Oscar-winning actor Anjelica Huston talks about hers in her new memoir “A Story Lately Told,” Russian writer Linor Goralik gives us two mini-fictions about men and marriage, in “Says,” read by Nina Arianda, and Hope Davis reads a mother-daughter story about love and cigarettes, “Indulgence,” by Susan Perabo.
Friday, February 28, 2014 11:00am
Guest host Colum McCann curates a show with many takes on masculinity. Readings are drawn from the anthology, The Book of Men, created with Esquire magazine and the storytelling collective Narrative 4. Featured writers include Roddy Doyle, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tea Obrecht, Adam Haslett, Ian McEwan, and Colum McCann. All works are read by Gabriel Byrne, Stockard Channing, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Corey Stoll, and BD Wong.
Friday, February 21, 2014 11:00am
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents three stories about acting purposefully. In Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” a meek academic goes off the rails. The young boy in Doris Lessing’s “Through the Tunnel” dares himself to make a dangerous swim, and the confident young woman in “Barbara Stanwyck, It's Your Time to Shine" by Bianca Galvez isn’t taking nonsense from anyone.
Friday, February 14, 2014 3:30pm
SELECTED SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti talks with author Audrey Niffinegger about her story The Night Bookmobile.
Friday, February 14, 2014 11:00am
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories about women whose lives change dramatically. Hope Davis reads “The Lone Pilgrim,” by Laurie Colwin, in which a demur illustrator finds love, and Christina Pickles reads “The Night Bookmobile,” by Audrey Niffenegger, in which a lonely bookworm finds a very private library.