Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about chance meetings at night.  Many stories are about close relationships—husbands and wives, parents and children, close friends.  But the three stories on this program explore chance encounters between and among strangers whose lives intersect just long enough to reveal something new. In Steven Millhauser’s “Claire de Lune” a teenage boy with insomnia wanders into an a late-night Wiffle ball game and a bevy of leggy girls.  Millhauser is the author of the collections  Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories and We Others: New and Selected Stories, among other works.  He won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Martin Dressler.  “Claire de Lune” is read by Tony Award-winner James Naughton. Comic Wyatt Cenac reads our second story, Sherman Alexie’s “Night People.” A sleepless man is fascinated by the all-night manicure parlor across the street from him, where he finds a kindred soul.  Sherman Alexie is a three-time National Book Award winner who works include The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and the collection Blasphemy.   Wyatt Cenac is a former “Daily Show” correspondent and writer.  His website describes him simply as “comedy person.”   In our last story, “Luck,” by Richard Bausch, a young man struggles to protect a loving but alcoholic father.  Bausch’s large body of work includes the novels Peace and Thanksgiving Night, and the short story collections Something is Out There and Someone to Watch Over Me.  He was the recipient of the 2012 Rea Award for the Short Story.  “Luck” is read by Campbell Scott, whose television and film work includes a recurring role on “Damages” and the films “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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