TAGGED: David Sedaris | edwidge danticat | Isaiah Sheffer | Marsha Stephanie Blake | Mortals | Reading Lessons | Tobias Wolff
Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about learning from your mistakes. In Tobias Wolff’s “Mortals,” a botched obituary leads to a life lesson for a young writer. Wolff is the author of the celebrated memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army, the novels The Barracks Thief, Ugly Rumors, and Old School, and critically acclaimed short story collections including In The Garden of North American Martyrs, The Collected Stories, and Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. Awards include the PEN/Malamud Award, The Story Prize, and the National Medal of Arts.
Wolff teaches in the creative writing program at Stanford University. “Mortals” is read by SELECTED SHORTS’ late founder and host, Isaiah Sheffer.
Edwidge Danticat draws on memories of her native Haiti in “Reading Lessons,” the story of a school teacher at a crossroads in her professional and personal life. Danticat’s work includes the novels Breath, Eyes, Memory, The Farming of Bones, and Claire of the Sea Light. Her story collection include Krik? Krak! was nominated for a National Book Award, and other honors include The Pushcart Prize, the Story Prize, and a MacArthur “Genius” grant. “Reading Lessons” is read by Marsha Stephanie Blake, whose television work includes roles on “Getting On,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Girls.” Films include “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” and “The Architect.”