Short Story Club Titles for January 2023

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I run a short story club.


Our titles for January 2023 are…

“Virgins,” by Danielle Evans (2007)


“Everyday Use,” by Alice Walker (1973)


“Sonny’s Blues,” by James Baldwin (1957)

We will gather online at the end of the month to discuss. Send a DM to me @everythingerinlunde to join.

Short Story Club Titles for March 2022

Our stories for March 2022 are…

“A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” by J. D. Salinger (1948)


“The Final Performance of the Amazing Ralphie,” by Pat Cadigan (2021)


“The Finkelstein 5,” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (2018)

We will gather online in March 2022 to discuss.

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Episode 14 of Read Write Review Out Now

New episode out today. Episode 14. He Finds a Tower / Short Story Club

In this episode, I read what I wrote off of Prompt 1 from this three-part challenge and offer another prompt: Your main character finds a small tower buried beneath the ground. In Short Story Club this month, we’re reading “The Appropriation of Cultures,” “The Gilded Six-Bits” and “The Strange Story of the World.” I recommend you check out Minneapolis Storytelling Workshop. Find me @everythingerinlunde on Instagram and Facebook, as well as @erinhadelunde on Twitter. I’m also writing on Substack. 🙂

Listen and let me know if you use the prompt(s).

Short Story Club Selections for January 2022

Our stories for January 2022 are…

“The Killers,” by Ernest Hemingway (1927)


“New York Day Women,” by Edwidge Danticat (1996)


“Jubilee,” by Kirsten Valdez Quade (2013)

We will gather online in January 2022 to discuss.

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Short Story Club Selections for November 2021

A few of us last night got online together and talked some about the stories “The Tenth of December,” by George Saunders; “Heads of the Colored People: Four Fancy Sketches, Two Chalk Outlines, And No Apology,” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires; and “The Lady with the Toy Dog,” by Anton Chekhov.

In November, we’re reading:

“The Monkey’s Paw,” by W. W. Jacobs (1902)


“The Dog of the Marriage,” in the collection by the same name by Amy Hempel (2005)


“Soul Case,” in the collection “Falling in Love with Hominids,” by Nola Hopkinson (2015).

We will gather online in November 2021 to discuss. Let me know if you’d like to join by commenting on this post or finding me on Twitter @erinhadelunde .

Unintentional Bookshelf Decolonization

I was in middle school, maybe, when my mom and I helped re-seed a trail over a small number of indigenous burial mounds that had been worn down by hikers in our nearby state park. I remember distinctly that we and a dozen or so other volunteers formed something of an assembly line that snaked around the burial mounds. We moved dirt and grass seed and water down the line. We dug out an appropriate path that lead around the mounds. The whole process took maybe an hour.

I remember very vaguely there was someone from a local tribe who blessed the new grass seed. I was intrigued by the process. Probably the hikers who trod the trails over the mounds were ignorant about what was underfoot. Likely, no one had any clue.

I went to a pow wow once when I was in high school. I was entranced by the dancing, of course, and the importance of detail. But even though I was curious, I never did learn much about the indigenous people. I didn’t even know our local tribes.

I have heard the phrase “decolonize your bookshelf” quite a lot over these past few years, but I didn’t realize that I was in the process of doing it, somewhat unintentionally. I have not read — as in read in print — any books lately by indigenous authors (though I did read the novel “There There” by Tommy Orange semi-recently), but I have been listening to a number of podcasts by and about indigenous peoples for a while.

I have to share this tweet about the whole listening-to-is-not-reading debate bullshit:

Randi Jo
As a Mohawk librarian, when I defend audiobooks, it’s personal. My people were telling stories orally long before stories came packaged in book form. There are many ways to “read” something. There are a thousand ways to tell a story.

Find the whole thread here.

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I have a lot to learn and re-learn.
Stay curious. I’m trying.