Guest host Josh Radnor presents three stories about needy people.  Radnor is well known for his work on the television series, “How I Met Your Mother.”  He is also working on a new show, “Rise,” to be broadcast by NBC.

First, an online dating service promises to help a guy with really big problem in Ramona Ausubel’s “You Can Find Love Now.”   Ausubel is the author of the novel No One is Here Except All of Us, and a collection of short stories A Guide to Being Born.  She’s the recipient of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, among other honors, and has been published in The New Yorker, One Story, and Electric Literature, among others.  “You Can Find Love Now” was performed by Martin Short and Amy Ryan at an evening presented by SELECTED SHORTS at New York Theater Workshop.

Next, the heroine of Dave Eggers’ “The Alaska of Giants and Gods” isn’t looking for love, but she’s looking for something after a lifetime of bad decisions.  The multi-talented and award-winning writer Eggers is the author of the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.   Other works include Short Short StoriesThe Circle, and the screenplay for Where the Wild Things Are. Eggers founded the publishing house McSweeney’s.

From an evening of SELECTED SHORTS at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, the reader of “The Alaska of Giants and Gods” is Kate Burton.  Burton is a multiple Tony nominee whose television work includes roles on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Grimm,” and “Scandal.”

Our third story about people in need is by Aimee Bender.  SELECTED SHORTS last host and founder Isaiah Sheffer loved the title of her first collection, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, and this story, “Loser,” was part of it.  Bender is a delicate master of magical realism, and here, a lonely young man can find anything—except himself.  The reader is Linda Emond, whose stage work has include “Life x (3),” “Death of a Salesman,” and “Cabaret. “ On television she has appeared on “The Knick,” “Elementary, “and “The Good Wife,” among others.

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