01 Aug 2012

Summertime Short Story Fix

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Summertime is perfect for short fiction, especially if you need an ‘in-between novels’ fiction fix. With this in mind, Books & Books, an independent bookstore in Coral Gables, Florida, is holding two classes (August 20 and 27) focusing on topnotch short stories.

For the first session, we will be reading from Raymond Carver’s classic collection Where I’m Calling From. Our discussion will include the title story as well as “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” and “A Small, Good Thing.”

For the second session, we will read from Nathan Englander’s latest release entitled What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. We will start with the title story and consider its connections to Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” We will also discuss “Sister Hills” and “Free Fruit for Young Widows” (which first appeared in The New Yorker).

So, if you are hungry for summer snacks instead of full meals, consider joining us for these sessions. Details can be find on the Books and Books site.

If you are not local but would like to participate, you can follow the discussion on our blog at www.whatsmartwomenread.com



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Lisa Forman Rosen is an avid reader and facilitator of book clubs in Miami, Florida. She has worked at the University of Miami since 1986, first in the Department of English Composition as a lecturer and now at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as a writer. Lisa created this site to share her love of literature with others and expand the conversation into the virtual world.

2 Comments for“Summertime Short Story Fix”

  1. Reply Pamela Rosen Lear says:

    Hi Lisa – – I love your idea for the short story discussion at Books & Books; I am planning to join you for that. I haven’t read much Raymond Carver, and I look forward to it. I read Nathan Englander’s first short story collection about 8 years ago, and I had started reading his “What We Talk About …”, but put it aside to wait & read it when I have someone to discuss it with. I’m thrilled with your selections!

    I am fairly new to the Miami area, having moved here last December. I recently learned of your website from Madelyn Lorber who I met last month at an event in which her novel was featured, at The Bookstore in the Grove in Coconut Grove. Lisa, I have enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to meeting you.


    • Reply Lisa says:

      Great….we are so glad you will attend and look forward to a wonderful discussion. Please introduce yourself to us at the event.

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