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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

On Tour with Selected Shorts

Published on April 24, 2009

I was in Ithaca New York on Monday, on tour with Isaiah and actors Rita Wolf and Daniel Alexander Jones. We’d been invited to present an evening of stories by Cornell-affiliated writers in celebration of the University creative writing program’s Centennial Plus Five celebration. We tour with Selected Shorts all over the U.S., but this trip was special for me since I was an English major at Cornell and hadn’t been back in many years. I spent Monday afternoon walking around the arts quad and visiting building after building as memories of my college experience flashed back to me: going to 8 am Italian language lab, grabbing coffee with friends at the English building’s Temple of Zeus cafe, the annual architecture school ritual of creating special packaging for a single egg and dropping the packages out of the top floor windows of the architecture school. At dinner before the show, our friend, the writer Melissa Bank, teaching writing at Cornell this semester, dropped by to eat with us and share stories of her upstate adventures. And off to the show — stories by Kurt Vonnegut (an engineering major when at Cornell, I learned), Lorrie Moore, and Victor La Valle — which was enjoyed by a very enthusiastic audience of students, professors, and Ithaca residents (including a former NY Selected Shorts subscriber!). Click “Read more” to see a photo of a couple of the younger audience members with our cast, taken by Kathy Morris.
Next weekend, we’re off to L.A. for a weekend of readings at the Getty Museum, followed by our first-ever show in San Francisco on Monday night.


Katherine Minton and Rita Wolf at the Temple of Zeus cafe. Photo by Daniel Alexander Jones.

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