Summer 2018 Short Story Project

Join like-minded folks for good conversation and discussion this summer as the 2018 Summer Short Story Reading Project kicks off on May 18th. Each month, a member will open their home to whoever is available to partake in our “shared inquiry” during the hot months of the Tampa summer.  This will be our 8th year and everyone is looking forward to a relaxed atmosphere, the food and wine, to say nothing of the stimulating selections and intellectual conversation.

To those of you who have not joined us in past summers, if you are in town during any of our monthly meetings, we invite you to join the short story conversation.

There is no cost, except for the book, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, edited by Carol Joyce Oates and Christopher Beha (2008), and to bring a dish to share for the potluck.

For more information, contact: Sara Cohen, saradacinteriors@aol.com

How it works:

  • We meet once a month at a different person’s home.
  • The only requirements are that you read the short story and notify the host that you will be coming on the given date and time.
  • Generally, the host puts out the drinks and a snack and everyone brings a “pot luck” item to share.

Our readings for the summer of 2018 will be The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, edited by Carol Joyce Oates and Christopher Beha (2008). The book can be ordered on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.  The cost is about $12 plus shipping.  This will be the last summer for this book.

The 2018 schedule:

Plan for each session to last about 3 hours.

 MAY 18, 1:00 PM

“Landfill” by Carol Joyce Oats, page 607

“The New Automaton Theater” by Steven Millhouser, page 559

  JUNE 15, 1:00 PM

The Brown Chest” by John Updike, page 697

“The Hermits Story” by Rick Bass, page 37

  JULY 20, 1:00 PM:   

“The Toughest Indian in the World” by Sherman Alexie, page 1

 “1-900” by Richard Bausch, page 53

 AUGUST 17, 1:00 PM: 

Off” by Aimee Bender, page 107

“Once in a Lifetime” by Jhumpa Lahiri, page 483

 SEPTEMBER 21, 1:00 PM:  

“Who Invented the Jumpshot” by John Edgar Wideman, page 727

“The Identity Club” by Richard Burgin, page 153