Quest Courses – Spring 2023 / Literature / CONTEMPORARY SHORT STORIES

Coordinators: Nancy Richardson, Mary Buchwald, Frieda Lipp

This long-running class-driven discussion course brings together fans of international short stories who share their points of view about the various elements of each story — plot, setting, characters, etc.

Each class has two presenters. They each choose a story and, after giving a brief narrative about the author and story background, open the class for discussion

A WEEK / THURSDAY / 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Contemporary Short Stories, Spring 2023


Story Title



Feb 09

1. Chac Mool
2. The Other Party

Carlos Fuentes

Matthew Klam

Donna Basile
Ellen Rittberg

Feb 23

1. In the Stacks
2. All Rivers

Robin Sloan
Amos Oz

Steve Allen
Frieda Lipp

Mar 09

1. Interpreter of Maladies
2. Omakase

Jhumpa Lahiri
Weike Wang

Gloria Peropat
Larry Shapiro

Mar 23

1. Tiny, Meaningless Things
2. The Old Man of Kusumpur       

Marissa Silver
Amar Mitra

Arlynn Greenbaum
Joan Vreeland

Apr 13

1. The Hollow Children
2. Roman Fever

Louis Erdrich

Edith Wharton

Ze’eva Cohen
Pat Geehr

Apr 27

1. The Wolves of Circassia
2. Town of Cats

Tere Davila
Haruki Murakami

Nancy Richardson
Lois Klein

May 11

1. Lemonade
2. Inyang

Eshkoi Nevo

Mary Okon Ononokpono

Anita Hunter
Mary Buchwald

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