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Virtual Selected Shorts: Writers & Readers with Ann Patchett


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 our featured authors from your local independent bookstore.

This event is available to view with the Symphony Space 20/21 Season Pass.

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