How many of us remember our discomfort and increasing anxiety when reading Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Tell Tale Heart” or “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson? What about those monkeys in “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri? Short stories have the power to thrill, horrify, tantalize, and enchant us. They show us beauty, make us examine uncomfortable subjects, and stick with us long after the last word of the story has been read.
Encouraged by the success of April’s National Poetry Month, May has been declared International Short Story Month. Everyone is encouraged to read and share short stories throughout the month. You can even participate in the “A Story a Day” challenge in which writers write and finish a short story every day in May.
Join us in celebrating Short Story Month by reading a short story today! Looking for short story suggestions? Check out the books listed on our WU Reads Reading Guide.