Contemporary Short Stories: Compare and Contrast

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 5 weeks
Starting: 02/27/2024
Ending: 03/26/2024
Period of Day: Period 3 Zoom
Time: 2:15 - 3:45
Course Fee: $50

Course Description:

A good short story can provide the basis for a great discussion, and we will discuss some of the best!  Class members will read ten stories I’ve chosen from the 20 included in The Best American Short Stories of 2022, two per week.  The stories have actually been chosen three times:  by (1) Heidi Pitlor, the editor of the series, from several hundred available in periodicals; (2)  Andrew Sean Greer, guest editor for 2022, who chose 20 from the hundreds; and (3) me. This “creme de la creme” of timely and innovative tales will hopefully prompt close reading and provide fuel for engaged and personal discussion.  We’ll focus on the interests and questions of class members and on the guided reading questions I’ll provide to maintain the flow of conversation.  Preparation will probably take about two hours a week.

Books and Other Resources:

Andrew Sean Greer and Heidi Pitlor, eds. The Best American Short Stories of 2022. Mariner/HarperCollins 2022

Course Leader Bio(s)

Bonnie Lass

After a career in teaching and writing and editing educational materials, I now enjoy following my own passions.  They include travel, reading contemporary fiction, movies, looking at and making art, and word puzzles.  Most of all, I enjoy the company of friends, family, and fellow lifelong learners.