The public is invited to join West Falmouth Library staff librarian Renee Voorhees to discuss a different short story each week via Zoom. The program will run weekly on Sundays at 8 PM, beginning this Sunday. Audience suggestions are welcome. The discussion will be casual. Attendees will be asked, did the story speak to you—Why or why not?
Those interested can register at tinyurl.com/y2ryahs3. The Zoom link will not change from week to week, and patrons are encouraged to share the link with others. Weekly attendance is not mandatory.
Ms. Voorhees pitched the event by describing the shortest of short stories. “Ernest Hemingway wrote a six-word short story and celebrated his success by writing 20 additional six-word sequels. The series began with this one: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” The 20 sequels (which also contained six words each) continue the story by having the baby not only survive, but grow and grow and grow. Not surprisingly, a number of authors jumped at the challenge. Google six-word short stories and write one to share at our first meeting. Mine is: Covid 19. When? Where? How? Why?”
Printable PDFs of the first four weeks’ of stories are available at www.westfalmouthlibrary.org.
The story for Week One will be “A Very Short Story,” by Ernest Hemingway. Week Two, on December 6, will be “Dry September,” by William Faulkner. On December 13 the story will be “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes and on December 20 the story will be “My Dead Brother Comes to America” by Alexander Godin.