Selected Shorts: Romance of the Summer

Host Meg Wolitzer presents a light-hearted collection of summer-themed works including:

  • “A Case for Remaining Indoors,” by Samantha Irby, performed by Retta;
  • “The Miraculous Beach, or, Prize for Modesty,” by Massimo Bontempelli, translated by Jenny McPhee, performed by Hugh Dancy; and
  • “The Thrill of the Grass,” by W.P. Kinsella, performed by Denis O’Hare

Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Sometimes funny. Always moving. Selected Shorts is the weekly public radio program that connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy. From Symphony Space.


Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer (she/her) sold her first novel, Sleepwalking, when she was 22 and a senior at Brown. Her mother, writer Hilma Wolitzer, sold her own first novel when she was 44. The family joke was that Meg’s grandmother was hoping to publish her first novel at 88—but alas, that did not happen. Since then, Meg’s many books have included The Female Persuasion, The Interestings, and The Wife, which was made into the acclaimed film starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. Meg also writes for young readers, and her first picture book, Millions of Maxes, was published in the winter of 2022. She has published short fiction as well, and was guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017. Meg has taught widely, and is a faculty member in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton, where she co-founded and co-directs BookEnds, a one-year non-credit intensive in novel writing.


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Preview audio available: May 5, 2023
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June 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023

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