Each year SELECTED SHORTS partners with the distinguished fiction anthology The Best American Short Stories, and asks its guest editor to select works for performance. In 2016, the editor was Junot Diaz, and he says (in remarks we share on this program) that "he lost a lot of sleep" and read each story three times to be sure not to miss the quiet stories that eventually amaze. More

Guest host Jane Curtin presents two stories about growing up by authors Junot Díaz and John O’Hara. More

Guest host BD Wong introduces three stories about identity. First, Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” an eerie take on the issue of exploited workers. It is set during the Meiji era in Japan, when the country began to absorb Western industrial practices. It is a tale of transmogrification, but also of self-discovery. In an […] More