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We wrapped up our 2012 spring series at Soho House New York with a bang! Film, television and stage actors brought great short fiction to life with the authors present for a post performance Q & A.


  • Emily Meade (Trespass, Young Adult) read “The River Nemunas” by Anthony Doerr.
  • Connor Paolo (Revenge, Gossip Girl) read “Breathe” by Pamela Painter.
  • Michael Zegen (Adventureland, Boardwalk Empire) read “Grief” by Pamela Painter.

About the authors:

Anthony Doerr is author of The Shell CollectorAbout GraceFour Seasons in Rome, and Memory Wall. His short fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and the 2010 Story Prize. His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book.

Pamela Painter is author of two story collections, GETTING TO KNOW THE WEATHER, which won the GLCA Award for First Fiction, and THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, Ploughshares, and Quick Fiction, among others and in numerous anthologies, such as Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Fiction Forward and MicroFiction. She has won three Pushcart Prizes and Agni Review’s The John Cheever Award for Fiction.

Produced and Directed by Cedering Fox.