“Eat My Shorts” Celebrates the Art and Elegance of a Powerful Genre

Back in the day, when the printed word reigned as a prime mode of communicating information and ideas – and academic institutions offered electives that were not finely tuned to career goals – I spent a semester mesmerized by Catherine Lupori who taught a most exceptional course on The Short Story. We devoured with awe the artfully crafted words of Flannery O’Connor (still my favorite), Virginia Wolff, Alan Tate, Franz Kafka and scores of other short story writers. (The elegance of the short story allows for many voices to be heard.)

Thus I rejoice at the launch this week of “Eat My Shorts: Short Story Theatre”, the brainchild of Scott VanKoughnett, proprietor of Eat My Words Bookstore. The opening event, 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, is first in the series that features a robust mix of short fiction, performance, and audience participation. The performance reading will be led by Applause Community Theatre whose members will lead with a performance reading followed by opportunities for audience participation.

Featured author for the premiere is Sherman Alexie (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/sherman-alexie) whose work includes poetry, fiction, comedy and film, much of which reflects Alexie’s experience as a Native American.

Eat My Words bookstore is at 1228 2nd Street in Northeast Minneapolis. To learn more about this most extraordinary bookstore check this recent blog post — file://localhost/(https/::marytreacy.wordpress.com:2016:02:06:hungry-for-a-good-read-try-eat-my-words)

To read or reconnect with some favorite short stories you might want to start here:

https://americanliterature.com/100-great-short-stories

To learn more about Applause Community Theatre on FaceBook click here: https://www.facebook.com/ACTMN/timeline

 

 

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