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Selected Shorts 2019-2020 Season


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Etgar Keret & Joyce Carol Oates

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Short story sensation Etgar Keret (The Seven Good Years) and five-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates come together for an evening of eclectic, genre-bending fiction, including selections from Keret’s brand new collection, Fly Already.


The Best American Short Stories 2019
with Anthony Doerr

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Guest editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See leads an evening dedicated to one of the most anticipated collections of the year.

The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories
with Jhumpa Lahiri

Thursday, November 7, 2019 -Special Thursday Performance

Author, editor, translator, and National Book Award-winner Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake) curates an evening of stories by celebrated Italian authors alongside captivating new discoveries, all from this exciting new collection reflecting more than one hundred years of Italy’s vibrant and diverse short story tradition.

O. Henry Prize at 100 with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Monday, November 25, 2019 - Special Monday Performance

Acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hosts an evening in celebration of 100 years of the O. Henry Prize, a prestigious award recognizing exceptional short fiction since 1918. The cast will include past O. Henry winners and jurors.


A Surprising Night of Shorts

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

You never know what might happen at a Surprising Night of Shorts. Previous Surprising Nights have included evenings with Alice Munro, Chuck Palahniuk, and John Irving.


Runs in the Family with Sarah Thyre

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Enjoy an evening of stories of bizarre and fantastic people who gather around Thanksgiving turkeys or pile in cars for road trips. Feel inspired about your own strange brood as host Sarah Thyre (Dark at the Roots) and special guests share adventures of curious collectives bound by blood (and maybe little else).


Fiction Night with New York Magazine’s The Cut

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

New York Magazine’s The Cut, known for its biting wit and adventurous writing, launched a fiction section in December 2018. This evening looks back at their first year of incredible short stories, along with authors and works that capture the spirit of The Cut.


April Foolery!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Calling all practical jokers, tricksters, and hoaxers: from light farce to biting satire, we celebrate April Fools’ Day with an evening of stories about pranks, swindles, and foolish decisions.


An Evening with Invisibilia

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Guest hosts Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel from the hit podcast team up with Selected Shorts for a program that explores the unseeable forces that control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions.


Ray Bradbury Centennial Celebration

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Selected Shorts salutes science fiction icon Ray Bradbury, credited as “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream” by The New York Times. Join Bradbury admirers as we pay tribute to his unearthly short fiction and its enduring influence.


A Surprising Night of Shorts

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Featuring a reading of the 2020 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize-winning story!