Short Stories on The Point with Mindy Todd


I had such a fun time talking about short stories on The Point this morning with Mindy Todd and Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Books, and many thanks to all of the listener suggestions! We did not have time to get to all of the books we had brought, so you have some bonus titles on our list today. And if you want to listen to short stories, don’t miss the wonderful weekly public radio broadcast  SELECTED SHORTS, where great actors read great fiction in front of a live audience. You can listen on WCAI on Saturday nights at 9:00 PM or online or on CD.

Vicky shared a great quote on short stories with us today:

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” 
― Lorrie Moore


Vicky’s Picks

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman

Calypso by David Sedaris

Cowboys are My Weakness by Pam Houston

Best American Short Stories of the Century edited by John Updike and Katrina Kenison

Not Enough Time For:

Florida by Lauren Groff
Fox 8 by George Saunders
The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway
The Story Prize: 15 Years of Great short Fiction
Orange World by Karen Russell


Jill’s Picks

The Best American Short Stories 2018 edited by Roxane Gay

You Know You want This: “Cat Person” and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian

One Dozen and One Short Stories by Gladys Taber

Peter Taylor: Complete Stories by Peter Taylor, Ann Beattie, editor

Varieties of Disturbance: stories by Lydia Davis

The Art of the Short Story by Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn

Short Story Index, which covers 1950 to the present!

Not Enough Time For:

Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
Archangel by Andrea Barrett
Get In Trouble: stories by Kelly Link

The Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury

Ghost Stories: classic tales of horror and suspense edited by Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger

The O. Henry Prize Stories: the best short stories of the year, 2018


Listener Picks

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (particularly “The Tiger’s Bride”

Lives of the Poets: six stories and a novella by E. L. Doctorow

Runaway: stories by Alice Munro

Fourteen Spoons Eight Stories by Syrel Dawson

The Anarchists’ Convention by John Sayles

Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger (Particularly “The Laughing Man”)

Selected Stories by William Trevor

Uncommon Type: some stories by Tom Hanks

There’s Something I Want You To Do: stories by Charles Baxter

Complete Stories, 1864 – 1874 by Henry James

Just had a listener stop by the reference desk, and he recommends “Eisenheim the Illusionist” by Steven Millhauser from his book We Others: New and Selected Stories


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