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Podcast Episode
12:00pm

The Art of the Short Story

with David Bergen, Frances Boyle and Souvankham Thammavongsa
Hosts: Peter Robb, Rhonda Douglas

The Art of the Short Story

with David Bergen, Frances Boyle and Souvankham Thammavongsa
Hosts: Peter Robb, Rhonda Douglas
2
Friday
Oct
12:00pm
David Bergen
Frances Boyle
Souvankham Thammavongsa - Photo by Sarah Bodri

Join us in celebration of the art and craft of the short story. How do these acclaimed authors distill the human experience into such a concentrated form? How can they illumine so much of live’s ambiguity with so few words? 

 

This episode features Frances Boyle in conversation with artsfile.ca's Peter Robb and Rhonda Douglas with David Bergen and Souvankham Thammavongsa.

 

Following men and boys bewildered by their circumstances and swayed by desire, and featuring a novella about a young woman who rejects the laws of her cloistered Mennonite community, the latest from Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner David Bergen deftly renders complex moral ambiguities and asks what it means to be lost—and how we might be found:. The short stories in Here the Dark explore the spaces between doubt and belief, evil and good, obscurity and light.

 

In Seeking Shade, the debut short story collection from poet, editor and author Frances Boyle, nuanced characters endure trauma, evolution and epiphany as they face challenges, make decisions, and suffer the inevitable consequences.

 

Named one of the best books of April by The New York Times, Salon, The Millions, and Vogue, and featuring stories that have appeared in Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, How to Pronounce Knife from O. Henry Award winner Souvankham Thammavongsa establishes her as an essential new voice.

 

 

A limited number of signed books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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