ANTHOLOGY

Join us Tuesday evenings throughout February and March for an hour of listening to an assortment of stories, essays, poetry and other short works on the week’s chosen theme. You’ll hear a wide variety of different writing, styles and voices ranging from well-known authors to hidden gems.

ANTHOLOGY  is a friendly gathering space in which adults can collectively listen to great short works read aloud in a fun, lively environment. Each reading will be followed by an opportunity for casual discussion and conversation. Bring your dinner, bring your knitting, bring a friend! This program is a collaboration between Scarborough Public, South Portland Public, and Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth.

Click here for more information and to register to join us!

When: Tuesdays, beginning February 2nd, from 6:30 - 8:00pm
Where: Zoom

Readings from Past Weeks

Week #1 Snowed In: "The Snowfall Is So Silent" by Miguel de Unamuno from Roots and Wings: Poetry from Spain 1900-1975, translated by Robert Bly; "The Sleep" by Caitlin Horrocks from The Best Short Stories of 2011; Excerpt from The Writing Life (pages 41-top of 44) by Annie Dillard; “February 10th” by J.A. Baker from The Peregrine; "The Blood Bay" by Annie Proulx from Close Range: Wyoming Stories; “February” by Margaret Atwood from Morning in the Burned House.

Week #2 Snowbirds : Florida Tales: “Looking for the Gulf Motel” from Looking for the Gulf Motel by Richard Blanco;  “Daughters of the Springs” by Lauren Groff published in the magazine Oxford American, Issue 85, Summer 2014; “Florida Memories” by Bonnie Jean Foreshaw from I'll Fly Away : Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison,  Wally Lamb, ed.; “Scenes from a Cuban Life” by Chantel Acevedo published by Europa on the Literary Hub website; “Orange” by Benjamin Rosenbaum, originally published in Quarterly West, the Spring/Summer 2001 Issue, reprinted in the anthology Flash Fiction Forward published by WW Norton; “Insect Life of Florida” by Lynda Hull from Collected Poems.

Week #3 Marital Bliss or Otherwise: Tales of Love (or Not): "Valentine" by Carol Ann Duffy in New Selected Poems 1984-2004; "Here We Are" by Dorothy Parker in Cosmopolitan, March 31, 1931;  "Five Thousand and One Nights" by Penelope Lively in Five Thousand and One Nights; "A Modest Proposal" by David Sedaris in The New Yorker, September 28, 2015; "Irreconcilable Dissonance" by Brian Doyle in The Best American Essays 2010; and "Peace" by C.K. Williams in Love About Love.

Week #4 Strangers in a New Land: Immigration Tales: "Hymn to the Vatos Who Will Never Be in a Poem" by Luis Alberto Urrea in Tijuana Book of the Dead; "Tall Boy" by Elizabeth Taylor in The Devastating Boys; "Outlaw" by Jose Antonio Vargas in Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen; "The Bane of the Internet" by Ha Jin in A Good Fall; "Montreal 1962" by Shauna Singh Baldwin in English Lessons and Other Stories; "Gate A-4" by Naomi Shihab Nye in Honeybee.

Week #5 Deal With the Devil:  Monologue from Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 80); "The Smoking Room" by Shirley Jackson in Just an Ordinary Day; "Remora, IL" by Kevin Leahy in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013; "Easter in a Texas Roadhouse" by Wayne Reece in The Moth; "Six Stages of E-Mail" by Nora Ephron in The New York Times, July 1, 2007; "Deal With the Devil" by Dana Gioia in The New Criterion, Volume 33 Number 7.

Week #6 The Idiot Box: TV Stories: “To Television” by Robert Pinsky in the The New Yorker, August 10, 1998; "Fab 4" in The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers and Writing, Winter 2003 and included in Flash Fiction Forward : 80 Very Short Stories; Excerpt from "TV Dinners" by Bill Buford in The New Yorker, October 2, 2006; "Our Imaginary Brother Only Watches PBS" published on themorningshow.org website;"Television" by Lydia Davis in Varieties of Disturbance; "Turn Off the TV" by Bruce Lansky in The Dog Ate My Homework.

Week #7 Riding in Cars with Boys: “Sacred” by Stephen Dunn in Between Angels; “White Sands” by Geoff Dyer in White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World; “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix Arizona” by Sherman Alexie in Esquire, June 1, 1993, reprinted in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven; Chapter 26 of The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; “Ode to My 1977 Toyota” by Barbara Hamby in Babel.

Week #8 Magical Dinners: "Family Dinner" by Pricilla Lee in Wishbone; "Magical Dinners" by Chang-Rae Lee in The New Yorker, November 14, 2010, reprinted in The Best American Essays 2011; "The Queen of Mold" by Ruth Reichl an excerpt from Tender at the Bone; "Simmerings" by Margaret Atwood in Good Bones and Simple Murders; "Perhaps the World Ends Here" by Joy Harjo in The Woman Who Fell from the Sky.

Week #9 The Sound of Silence: "Oatmeal" by Galway Kinnell in New Selected Poems; "Chapels" by Pico Iyer in Portland Magazine, Winter 2010; ""The New Urban Hermit" by Jack E-Hai in The Saturday Evening Post, June 4, 2013; "Silence" by Edgar Lee Masters in Poetry, February 1915; "The Great Silence" by Ted Chiang in Exhalation.