'Selected Shorts' Podcast Club

  • April 18, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Consider this a book club with a 21st century twist! Each month we’ll gather to listen to a recent Selected Shorts podcast, an hour-long program produced by PRI (Public Radio International) and presented on NPR (National Public Radio) where stage and screen actors read a few pieces of short fiction. I like to think of this program as bedtime stories for adults, where we’re being ‘tucked in’ for the night with a good tale, or three. The actors don’t just read the stories in a dull monologue, they really bring it to life by giving the characters different voices, pausing for and/or giving emphasis at the right places, etc. It’s really a treat to listen to and a great way to be introduced to new authors. Sometimes it’s even good for a real laugh. We’ll follow the podcast with a discussion of the stories heard and whatever else might come up.

Sound interesting? Here’s the theme and summary from the Selected Shorts podcast for February 17, 2013 as an example:

Love and Longing
Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents readings of three stories whose characters hope for love. In Rick Bass’s “Fires,” a rural recluse is ignited by a long-distance runner. The reader is Ted Marcoux. In Willa Cather’s “A Singer’s Romance,” a turn-of-the-century diva has never known true love. Marian Seldes performs. “What Do We Have in our Pockets?” is the title of Etgar Keret’s guide to finding love - just have everything on hand he or she will ever need. The reader is David Rakoff.

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  • Josiah

    Hey folks, unfortunately something has come up and I won't be able to attend tonight. I hope to catch up with all of you at the next meeting, though!
    All the best,

    April 18, 2013

  • BOB M.

    I think Josiah's suggestion to create our own podcast might prove more beneficial since we would be able to discuss writing details with one of our authors first hand.

    April 15, 2013

  • Josiah

    Hey there, I was thinking what if, as a group, we created our own podcast. Like we each bring a short story to read or something... it could be The Maine Short Story Podcast or something... a better title...

    March 18, 2013

    • Josiah

      Yeah, I could definately help out in that department... as far as I know there's not a podcast out there that is centered around a writer's workshop and that could have some broader appeal... which might be fun... however recording would be easier if its just presented as a collection of shorts... in which case I think a "Maine writers" kind of angle would probably better suit us... maybe even send out a press release to "207" (the wcsh 6 show) at some point down the road? Try and garner a bit of a local following (a few fliers at Longfellows?) anyways... I'm putting the cart before the horse... would be interested in this group, regardless.

      March 19, 2013

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