Beloved author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett knows a thing or two about celebrated writers and insatiable bibliophiles, so we invited her to host an evening of short stories about writer envy, finding your voice, borrowing first editions, and discovering inspiration in the power of the written word. With performances by actors Michael Cerveris, Deborah S. Craig, Jane Curtin, Peter Francis James, James Naughton, Denis O’Hare, Anthony Ramos, and Rita Wolf.
Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Sometimes funny. Always moving. Selected Shorts connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy.
Hosted by Ann Patchett
As a 28-Year-Old Latino, I’m Shocked My New Novel, Memoirs of a Middle-Aged
White Lady, Has Been So Poorly Received by Carlos Greaves
Performed by Anthony Ramos
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Performed by Deborah S. Craig
The Rise and Fall of Mortimer Scrivens by A. A. Milne
Performed by Michael Cerveris, Jane Curtin, Peter Francis James, James Naughton, Rita Wolf
My Purple Scented Novel by Ian McEwan
Performed by Denis O’Hare
We encourage you to purchase books by tonight's featured authors from your local independent bookstore.
|This is a virtual event. Ticket holders can watch the event on the Watch Here section of the Symphony Space website. You can tune in at the premiere or view at your leisure for two weeks afterwards. This event will premiere on March 31 and is available through April 14.|
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To Learn About the Artists
Expected Run Time is 90 minutes