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May is Short Story Month


When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. ~ George Saunders


It may be a little known fact, but May is Short Story Month. It was originally started on April 7, 2007, by Dan Wickett, founder and editor of the Emerging Writers Network, when he published a blog post Short Story Month? to emulate April’s Poetry Month. Since then, the idea has caught on and May has become synonymous with Short Story Month within literary circles. We love short stories at Bookstore1, so we’re

celebrating too!


These seven new exciting short story collections will give you some great reads to absorb all at once, or they will give you a taste of a story when the reading spirit arises.


Ghost Roots by 'Pemi Aguda

In this beguiling collection of twelve imaginative stories set in Lagos, Nigeria, 'Pemi Aguda dramatizes the tension between our yearning to be individuals and the ways we are haunted by what came before.








Table for Two by Amor Towles

Millions of Amor Towles fans are in for a treat as he shares some of his shorter fiction: six stories based in New York City and a novella set in Golden Age Hollywood.









An inspiring and entertaining collection of unforgettable true stories about finding unexpected beauty in life's transitions--from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and many more.






American Spirits by Russell Banks

From one of America's most celebrated storytellers come three dark, interlocking tales about the residents of a rural New York town, and the shocking headlines that become their local mythologies.









A bold and haunting debut story collection that follows various characters as they navigate the day-to-day perils of Jim Crow racism from Diane Oliver, a missing figure in the canon of twentieth-century African American literature.







Music Stories edited by Wesley Stace

A beautiful anthology of short stories about music by a remarkable array of literary greats, selected by someone who is both a musician and a writer.








In these visceral, stunningly crafted stories, women's lives are etched by poverty--material, emotional, sexual--but also splashed by beauty, sometimes even joy, as they search for the good in the cards they've been dealt.



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