• TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear
    TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear https://www.meetup.com/TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear OrganicGreenCafè, 2925 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 Third Sunday Monthly, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. 21 October 2018 to 16 June 2019 FREE membership and meetings Members discuss stories in the latest anthology The Best American Short Stories, published yearly by Houghton-Mifflin. The book is available at local bookstores in Berkeley and Oakland as well as on amazon. (The OrganicGreens new Cafè is located near the College/Ashby crossing, not as shown on the google map.) Attendance limited to the first 10 members who RSVP “yes.” The Meetup organizer as the Host will typically open the discussions by introducing the short-story author’s skillful use of craft elements – reading the story as a writer. The meetup members comment on the story from the book "The Best American Short Stories, 2018" at each meeting in the following order: 1. “Control Negro” by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. (21 Oct.) 2. “Everything Is Far from Here”by Cristina Henrîquez. (18 Nov.) 3. “What Terrible Thing It Was” by Esmè Weijun Wang. (16 Dec.) 4. “Boys Go to Jupiter” by Danielle Evan., ( 20 Jan.) 5. “Los Angeles” by Emma Cline. ( 17 Feb.) 6. “Unearth” by Alicia Elliot. (17 Mar.) 7. “Come on, Silver” by Ann Glaviono, (21 Apr.) 8. “A Big True” by Dina Nayeri.( 19 May) 9. “Good with Boys” by Kristen Iskandrian.(16 June) The Best American Short Stories series has been published each year since 1915. In 2015, 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories was published. It comprises 40 short stories, selected by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor. See the meetup organizer’s review on amazon of the 2018 book; and, for a fuller perspective, also read his review of the 100 years' book --- total reading time for both reviews about 30 minutes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The organizer, C. J. Singh, received an MFA in Creative Writing; and, earlier, a Ph. D. in Psychology at Stanford University. Published stories in ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, and Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine. [masked]

    Organic Greens Restaurant

    2925 College Ave · Berkeley, ca

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  • TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear
    TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear https://www.meetup.com/TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear OrganicGreensRestaurant, 2925 College Ave., Berkeley Third Sunday, Monthly, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. 17 June -- 16 Dec. 2018 FREE membership and meetings. Members discuss stories in the latest anthology The Best American Short Stories, published yearly by Houghton-Mifflin. All members will be emailed the title of the story to be discussed at the next meetup. The average page count of the stories in the anthology is under 15 pages –easily read in less than hour. Attendance limited to the first 8 members who RSVP “yes.” At the 16 September meetup, we'll discuss T.C. Boyle's short story "Are We Not Men" in the current anthology, pp. 11 -26. At the 21 October meetup, we'll discuss a short story from the anthology TheBestAmericanShortStories2018. The publication date of the new anthology is 3 October. I have pre-ordered a copy at amazon.com. The book will also be available for purchase at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on College Avenue. The Best American Short Stories series has been published each year since 1915. In 2015, 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories was published, comprising 40 short stories, edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor. (See the amazon book-review by the meetup organizer.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The organizer, C. J. Singh, received an MFA in Creative Writing, and, earlier, a PhD in Psychology at Stanford University. Published stories in ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, and Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine.

    Organic Greens Restaurant

    2925 College Ave · Berkeley, ca

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  • TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear
    TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear https://www.meetup.com/TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear OrganicGreensRestaurant, 2925 College Ave., Berkeley Third Sunday, Monthly, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. 17 June -- 16 Dec. 2018 FREE membership and meetings. Members discuss stories in the latest anthology The Best American Short Stories, published yearly by Houghton-Mifflin. All members will be emailed the title of the story to be discussed at the next meetup. The average page count of the stories in the anthology is under 15 pages –easily read in less than hour. Attendance limited to the first 12 members who RSVP “yes.” At the 19 August meetup, we'll discuss Patricia Engel's short story "Campoamor" set in Havana, pp[masked] in the anthology "TheBestAmericanShortStories, 2017." The Best American Short Stories series has been published each year since 1915. In 2015, 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories was published, comprising 40 short stories, edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor. (See the amazon book-review by the meetup organizer.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The organizer, C. J. Singh, received an MFA in Creative Writing, and, earlier, a PhD in Psychology at Stanford University. Published stories in ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, and Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine.

    Organic Greens Restaurant

    2925 College Ave · Berkeley, ca

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  • TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear
    TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear http://www.meetup.com/TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear/ Third Sunday Monthly, 3:00 to 4:30 PM OrganicGreensRestaurant, 2925 College Ave., Berkeley 17 June -- 16 December, 2018 No charge for membership and meetings. Members invited to discuss stories from the current book The Best American Short Stories 2017, edited by Meg Wolitzer and Heidi Pitlor. The current anthology comprises 20 short stories including: * Amy Hempel’s “The Chicane” * Patricia Engel’s “Campoamor” * Mary Gordon’s “Ugly” * Emma Cline’s “Arcadia” * Sonya Larson’s “Gabe Dove” * T. C. Boyle’s “Are We Not Men?” At the 15 July meeting, we'll discuss two short stories: C. Sittenfeld's "Gender Studies" and Mary Gordon's "Ugly." Members invited to suggest stories from the anthology to discuss at our August and September meetups. In October, we’ll begin discussing The Best American Short Stories 2018. The Best American Short Stories series has been published each year in September, since 1915. In 2015, 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, was published. Edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor, it comprises 40 short stories. See the amazon book-review by the meetup organizer. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The organizer, C. J. Singh, received an MFA (Mills College) and, earlier, a PhD in Psychology (Stanford University). Published stories in ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, and Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine.

    Organic Greens Restaurant

    2925 College Ave · Berkeley, ca

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  • TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear
    TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear http://www.meetup.com/TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear/ Third Sunday Monthly, 3:00 to 5:00 PM OrganicGreensRestaurant, 2925 College Ave., Berkeley 17 June -- 16 December, 2018 No charge for membership and meetings. Members invited to discuss stories from the current book The Best American Short Stories 2017, edited by Meg Wolitzer and Heidi Pitlor. The current anthology comprises 20 short stories including: * Amy Hempel’s “The Chicane” * Patricia Engel’s “Campoamor” * Mary Gordon’s “Ugly” * Emma Cline’s “Arcadia” * Sonya Larson’s “Gabe Dove” * T. C. Boyle’s “Are We Not Men?” Members will be informed by email, in advance, the stories to discuss at the next meeting. In October, we’ll begin discussing The Best American Short Stories 2018. The Best American Short Stories series has been published each year in September, since 1915. In 2015, 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, was published. Edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor, it comprises 40 short stories. See the amazon book-review by the meetup organizer. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The organizer, C. J. Singh, received an MFA (Mills College) and, earlier, a PhD in Psychology (Stanford University). Published stories in ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, and Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine.

    Organic Greens Restaurant

    2925 College Ave · Berkeley, ca

  • TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear
    TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear http://www.meetup.com/TheBestAmericanShortStoriesThisYear OrganicGreensRestaurant, 2925 College Ave., Berkeley Third Sunday Monthly, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. 17 June -- 16 Dec. 2018 No charge for membership and meetings. Members invited to lead discussion of their choice stories from the book The Best American Short Stories, published each year since 1915 – in September. (See the organizer’s detailed amazon book-review of 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories , edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor.) The current book The Best American Short Stories 2017, edited by Meg Wolitzer and Heidi Pitlor, comprises 20 short stories including: * Amy Hempel’s “The Chicane” * Patricia Engel’s “Campoamor” * Mary Gordon’s “Ugly” * Emma Cline’s “Arcadia” * Sonya Larson’s “Gabe Dove” * Jim Shepard’s “Telemachus” * T. C. Boyle’s “Are We Not Men?” In October, we’ll begin discussing The Best American Short Stories 2018. Members will be informed by email, in advance, the stories for discussion at the next meeting. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The organizer, C. J. Singh, received an MFA (Mills College) and earlier a PhD in Psychology (Stanford University). Published stories in ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, and Ishmael Reed’s Konch magazine.

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  • Hear Appreciative Comments on Your Presenting a Synopsis of Your Favorite Book.
    FiveStarBookReadersClub http/www.meetup.com/FiveStarBookReadersClub/ Third Monday Monthly; 6:30 to 8:30 PM The Roma Espresso Cafè, College/Ashby, Berkeley FREE Membership; No charge for meetings. Members invited to present a synopsis of their favorite book of general interest. We meet on the third Monday monthly. (You need not have the your book-review published. ) At the meeting on 19 February 2018, the organizer will synopsize from the anthology 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor, the short story "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O' Connor; and Alan Watts’ Book Buddhism: The Religion of No-Religion. on 19 March, the acclaimed short story "By the River" by Joyce Carol Oates; and Alan Watts’ book Eastern Wisdom, Modern Life. on April 16, the short story "Friend. of My Youth" by Alice Munro, Nobel Laureate; and Alan Watts’ book The Wisdom of Insecurity. At future meetups, the organizer plans to synopsize from his current short list: 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor; Alan Watts’ Audio-Books, edited by Mark Watts; The Anatomy of Story by John Truby (Story Structure of Great Films and Novels.); Comedy Writing Self-Taught by Gene Perret; The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partenen; Who Are the Jews of India? by Nathan Katz (Published by UCB Press); We Are the Romani People by Ian Hancock. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (To access the organizer’s reviews of the above books, please Google: “book title, by author’s name, reviewed by c j singh on amazon.” The organizer has posted 120+ book-reviews on amazon. -- c. j. singh, organizer. (I've awarded five stars to more than 120 books and posted copies of my reviews on amazon. Also published humorous short stories in literary magazines such as ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, Konch. ===============================================================================

    Cafe Roma Espresso

    College/Ashby, Berkeley · Berkeley, CA

  • Receive Appreciative Comments & Questions on the Synopsis of Your Favorite Book
    FREE Membership, FREE meetings. Members invited to present a synopsis of their favorite book of general interest. We meet on the third Monday monthly. A flaw in the meetup HeadQuarters website, shows a fee for attending. IGNORE IT. Our meetings are free. At the meeting on 19 February 2018, the organizer will synopsize Flannery O'Connor's acclaimed short story "Everything That Rises Must Converge" from the anthology "100 Years of the Best American Short Stories" edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor. For example, the organizer's personal favorites for presenting synopsis are: "100 Years of the Best American Short Stories" edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor. *The Anatomy of Story by John Truby (storytelling in great films); *The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partenen: *Who Are the Jews of India? by Nathan Katz (Published by UCBerkeley Press); *Imaginative Writing:The Elements of Craft by Janet Burroway; *We Are the Romani People by Ian Hancock; (To access the organizer’s reviews of any of the above books, please Google: “book title, by author’s name, reviewed by c j singh on amazon.” (I've awarded five stars to more than 130 books and posted copies of my reviews on amazon. Also published humorous short stories in literary magazines such as ZYZZYVA, The Berkeley Fiction Review, Konch. ===============================================================================

    Cafe Roma Espresso

    College/Ashby, Berkeley · Berkeley, CA