John Patrick Shanley is the author of such hits as "Doubt" and "Defiance." His literary picks for this program include Ernest Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," and "After the Storm," as well as Haruki Murakami's fantasy, "The Little Green Monster."
The readers are Ron Cephas Jones, Dana Ivey, and John Turturro. Worth the price of admission is Shanley's rich, robust and poetic introductions. As he says, "Why do storytellers tell stories and why do you listen to them? We might as well ask, "Why do we breath?"
"Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story" presents some of the finest artists of the American theater and screen reading short fiction by classic, contemporary and bold new writers. Recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for over two decades, performances have featured distinguished works by classic masters such as Chekhov, Edith Wharton, de Maupassant, Ernest Hemingway and Isaac Bashevis Singer; stories by contemporary greats such as Alice Munro, John Updike, John Edgar Wideman, Grace Paley, William Trevor and Alice Walker; as well as the fresh, vivid and diverse works of a new generation of remarkable literary talents, from Pulitzer Prize-winning Jhumpa Lahiri, Academy of Rome Prize-winner Tom Bissell and celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat to promising newcomers like Rattawut Lapchararoensap, Yiyun Li and Etgar Keret.
There are currently a dozen "Selected Shorts" thematic CDs, which feature listeners' best-loved stories, including "Baseball!," "Timeless Classics," "Food Fictions," "Travel Tales," "Falling in Love," "Edith Wharton," and most recently, "Pets!," "Tales of Betrayal," "Family Matters" and "Wartime Lives." Visit the PRI Store to purchase CDs.