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select Readings from past events


Lit Crawl/Four Stories, a special installment of the Boston Book Festival 2017 Lit Crawl | Salon Acote 132 Newbury Street 10/26/17

  • Olivia Kate Cerrone, author of The Hunger Saint, a historical novella about the child miners of Sicily (MP3)
  • E. Dolores Johnson, an essayist who focuses on inter-racialism (MP3)
  • Whitney Scharer, whose forthcoming debut novel, The Age of Light, is based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller (MP3)
  • Courtney Sender, whose fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, American Short Fiction, and The Georgia Review (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | Now You See It: Stories of Perception, Revelation, and Fascination 6/16/14

  • Margaret Zamos-Monteith, teacher and writer whose work has appeared in BOMB, Fugue, Gargoyle, Evergreen Review, and the podcast series Fiction for Driving Across America. (MP3)
  • Glenn Morris, author of the novel Obligation for Justice and the forthcoming Saving Angel, due this fall. (MP3)
  • Celeste Ng, winner of the Pushcart Prize and author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, forthcoming in June 2014 from Penguin Press. (MP3)
  • Tim Parrish, author of Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a MemoirThe Jumper, a novel; and Red Stick Men, short stories. (MP3)

Four Stories Boston 2014 Opening Night | Out of Bounds: Stories of displacement, exile, and alienation 1/13/14

  • Tova Mirvis, author of the three novels The Ladies Auxiliary, The Outside World, and Visible City (forthcoming March 2014). (MP3)
  • Henriette Lazaridis Power, author of the novel The Clover House and founding editor of The Drum, a literary magazine publishing exclusively in audio form. (MP3
  • Laura K. Warrell, author whose fiction and essays have appeared in,, The Boston Globe, and Numero Cinq Magazine. (MP3) (Read the rest of this story here.)
  • Steve Yarbrough, author of nine books, most recently the novel The Realm of Last Chances. (MP3)

A Four Stories Boston Most Special Event | Fundraiser for the Tohoku Region of Japan, benefiting the children who were orphaned in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.5/23/11

  • Andre Dubus III, author of The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and the new memoir, Townie; recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, and The Pushcart Prize; and Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters (MP3)
  • Elyssa East, author of Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, winner of the 2010 L. L. Winship/P.E.N. New England Award in non-fiction, a Boston Globe Bestseller, an Editors' Choice selection from The New York Times Book Review, and a "Must-Read Book" by the Massachusetts Book Awards (MP3)
  • Elizabeth Searle, author of a new novel due put in the fall, Girl Held in Home, and three previous books of fiction : Celebrities in Disgrace, a novella which was produced as a short film in 2010; A Four-Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an ALA book award; and a story collection, My Body to You, winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, as well as the theatrical work Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera (MP3)
  • Joan Wickersham, author of nonfiction book The Suicide Index, a National Book Award Finalist; the novel The Paper Anniversary; and fiction in Agni, Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Story, and The Best American Short Stories  (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | Stories from The Drum, a very cool new literary magazine...for your ears 11/15/10

  • Ethan Gilsdorf; poet, teacher, critic and journalist with travel, arts, and pop culture pieces regularly appearing in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and more; and author of the book Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms, named a "Must-Read"by the Massachusetts Book Awards (more (MP3)
  • Lynne Griffin, author of the novels Sea Escape and Life Without Summer, regular contributor to Boston's Fox Morning News's segment Family Life Stories, and teacher at Wheelock College and Grub Street (more @ (MP3)
  • Michelle Hoover; teacher of writing at Boston University and Grub Street; fiction writer with work in Confrontation, The Massachusetts Review, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and Best New American Voices, among others; former Bread Loaf Writer's Conference scholar, Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, and MacDowell fellow;  2005 the winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction; and author of the new novel Quickening, which has been shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize (MP3)
  • Bret Anthony Johnston, author of the internationally acclaimed Corpus Christi: Stories and editor of the bestselling Naming the World and Other Exercises for Creative Writers, teacher in the Bennington Writing Seminar, and Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University (more @ (MP3 12, and 3)

Four Stories Boston Fall 2010 Opening Night! | The Forbidden: Tales of transgressions, secrets, and sins 9/20/10

  • Steven Beeber, author of the book The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, editor of the anthology AWAKE! A Reader for the Sleepless, associate editor of the literary journal Conduit; and writer with work in The Paris Review, Fiction, The New York Times, Bridge, Spin, Maxim,  and others (more @ (MP3)
  • Jennifer Haigh, author of the novels The Condition, Baker Towers Mrs. Kimbleand the forthcoming The Lost Gospel (August 2011); winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN L.L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author; and writer with short fictionpublished in Granta, Ploughshares, The Atlantic, The Saturday Evening Post, and many others (MP3)
  • Carissa Halston, author of A Girl Named Charlie Lester (honorably mentioned in the New York Book Festival), contributing editor of apt, and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee (MP3)
  • Randy Ross, writer with articles published in the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Herald and more, and former executive editor at PC World magazine (MP3)


Four Stories BostonWinter/Spring 2010 Season Finale! | Me, Myself, and I: Stories of Solitude, Solipsism, and Individuality 5/17/10

  • Timothy Gager, author of eight books of poetry and fiction, host of the Dire Literary Series for the past nine years, and co-founder of The Somerville News Writers Festival (MP3)
  • Lauren Mackler, author of the international bestseller Solemate; co-author of the book Speaking of Success; writer with pieces in London ’s Daily Mail andWomen’s Business; and regular blogger for the Huffington Post (MP3)
  • Joanna Smith Rakoff, writer with work in the New York Times, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and more; and author of the novel, A Fortunate Age, a Booklist Top Ten Debut Novel of 2009, a New York Times Editors’ Pick, winner of the Elle Readers’ Prize, an IndieNext Pick, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller, and a selection of Barnes and Noble’s First Look Book Club (MP3)


Four Stories Boston2010 Opening Night | Family Feuds: Stories of Troubled Tribes & Bizarre Bonds, a celebration of both the opening of the 2010 series & the launch of Post Road’s 18th issue 1/25/10

  • Elizabeth Gonzalez, freelance writer with short stories appearing or forthcoming in Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, and Post Road (MP3)
  • Tom Perrotta, acclaimed author of the novels The Abstinence Teacher, Little Children, Election, Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, and Joe College (MP3)


Four Stories Boston event | The Long Goodbye: Stories of endings and loss 9/14/09

  • Lisa Borders, author of the novel Cloud Cuckoo Land andcontributor to the anthology Don't You Forget About Me; and teacher of writing at Grub Street (MP3)
  • Steven Brykman, author and comic with work published in, Cracked, Nerve, and Awake: a Reader for the Sleepless; former writing fellow at the University of Massachusetts; and winner of the Harvey Swados prize for fiction (MP3)
  • Tim Horvath, author of the novella Circulation and stories out or forthcoming in Conjunctions, Fiction, Puerto del Sol, Alimentum, and elsewhere; and teacher of creative writing at Chester College of New England and Grub Street Writers (more @ (MP3, also appearing in print in Conjunctions: Hybrid Histories, issue #53)
  • Sebastian Stuart, author of the just-released novel The Hour Between; the New York Times bestselling novel--and tie-in with the soap opera All My Children--Charm! by Kendall Hart; and the novel 24-Karat Kids (written with Dr. Judy Goldstein) (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | Love and Madness: Tales of the things we'll do 4/13/09

  • Jamie Cat Callan, creator of The Writers Toolbox from Chronicle Books and author of the new book French Women Don't Sleep Alone: Pleasurable Secrets to Finding Love (MP3)
  • Chris Castellani, author of the novels A Kiss From Maddalena, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, and The Saint of Lost Things; and Artistic Director of Grub Street (MP3)
  • Diana Spechler, author of the novel Who By Fire and fiction in Glimmer Train Stories, Moment, Lilith, and elsewhere (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | Body Parts: Tales of the head, the heart, and everything in between 1/26/09

  • Jaime Clarke, author of the novel We're So Famous,; editor of Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes; cofounder of Post Road, a national literary magazine based out of New York and Boston; host of Talk Show, a monthly writers' roundtable at, and co-owner of Newtonville Books (MP3)
  • Jeannie Greeley, relationship and humor columnist for Boston's Stuff@Nightmagazine; writer with work in the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows, MTV's LOGO; and former guest on the Matty in the Morning Show and WFNX's 'One in Ten' program (MP3)
  • Ron Maclean, fiction writer with pieces in GQ, Greensboro Review, Prism International , Night Train and other quarterlies; recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and recurring Pushcart Prize nominee; author of the novel Blue Winnetka Skies and the just-released short-story collection Why the Long Face?; and former executive director and current instructor at Grub Street (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | Saints and Sinners: Stories of temptation, seduction, and redemption 11/3/08

  • Robin Lippincott, author of the novels In the Meantime, Our Arcadia, and Mr. Dalloway, and the story collection The Real, True Angel, as well as fiction/nonfiction in Paris Review, Fence, American Short Fiction, Memorious, The Literary Review, and others; recipient of fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony; and teacher of writing in Spalding's brief-residency MFA Writing Program and at Harvard University. (MP3, with event intro)
  • Scott Pomfret, author of Since My Last Confession, the Romentics gay romance novels series, The Q Guide to Wine and Cocktails, and short stories in Post Road, New Orleans Review, Fiction International, and other places. More @ (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | The Big Trip: Stories of growing up, messing up, and everything along the way 10/19/08

  • Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog, an Oprah's Book Club selection and finalist for the National Book Award; BluesmanThe Cage Keeper and Other Stories; and more (MP3)
  • Margot Livesey, author of the novels Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street; recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts; and current distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College and the John F. and Dorothy H. Magee writer in residence at Bowdoin College (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Tales of appearing & disappearing 3/31/08

  • John Sedgwick, author of seven books, including two novels and, most recently, a multi-generational family memoir, In My Blood: Six Generations of Madness and Desire in an American Family; and journalist with over 500 magazine stories for Newsweek, GQ, the Atlantic Monthly, and many others (MP3)
  • Laura Van den Berg, editor-in-chief of RedividerPloughshares staff member; writer with fiction published (or forthcoming) in The Indiana Review, The Literary Review, American Short Fiction, One Story, and StoryQuarterly, among others; andrecipient of the 2007 Dzanc Prize (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | Friends, Family, and Foes:  Tales of the ties that bind 11/13/06

  • Elisabeth Brink, author of the comic novel Save Your Own, a Booksense Notable Book for July 2006, and teacher of writing and literature at Boston College, Tufts, and Harvard (Sorry, no MPS)
  • Jessica Berger Gross, editor of the forthcoming anthology About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope (January 2007), columnist on theLiterary Mama online magazine, and teacher of writing at the Harvard Extension School (MP3)
  • Tracy McArdle, author of Confessions of a Nervous Shiksa, the forthcoming Real Women Eat Beef, and essays in Premiere and The Boston Globe (MP3)
  • Karen Propp, co-editor of bestselling anthology Why I'm Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does The Dishes;  author of the memoirs In Sickness & In Health and The Pregnancy Project; writer of nonfiction in Prevention,, and  LIlith; and fellowship winner from Massachusetts Cultural Center for the Arts (MP3)

Four Stories Boston: Crime and Punishment: Stories from the Big House | A Four Stories/PEN New England event honoring PEN's Freedom to Write Program 10/30/06

  • Helen Elaine Lee, associate professor in writing and humanities at MIT; graduate of Harvard Law School; writer of fiction from Callaloo, SAGE,  Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present and Ancestral House: The Black Story in the Americas and Europe; and author of the novels The Serpent's Gift, Water Marked, and the forthcoming Life Without, about the lives of inmates in American prisons (Sorry, no MP3)
  • T. J. Parsell, writer and human rights activist, president of the board of Stop Prisoner Rape, consultant to the US govt's Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and author of Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison (forthcoming from Caroll & Graf, November 2006) (MP3)
  • Tracy Slater, Four Stories founder, teacher of writing and literature in Boston University's Prison Education Program, and author of essays from The Chronicle ReviewPost Road, and Kansai Time Out (MP3 [including event intro])
  • Megan Sullivan, associate professor of writing at Boston University and author of numerous books, including the forthcoming The Embezzler's Daughter: A memoir, about her father's incarceration (MP3)
  • Jean Trounstine, author of Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women's Prison, about her 10 years directing plays at Framingham Prison; co-author of Finding A Voice, about the internationally acclaimed program for offenders "Changing Lives through Literature"; and co-editor of the Boston best-seller Why I'm Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out On Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes (MP3)

Four Stories Boston | Driving Solo: Four Stories presents Grub Street authors on loneliness and love unrequited 10/16/06

  • Stace Budzko, author of pieces in numerous literary journals and magazines, including works forthcoming in Norton's Flash Fiction Forward Anthology, Rose Metal Press' Brevity and Echo, and The Binnacle; writing instructor at Emerson College; and writer-in-residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (MP3 [including event intro])
  • Jamie Cat Callan, author of the forthcoming book Hooking Up or Holding Outand of essays from The Missouri ReviewBest American Erotica, and Story (MP3)
  • Mike Heppner, author of Pike's Folly and The Egg Code, a Publishers Weeklyand Washington Post best book of the year, and the Philadelphia City Paper's "best novel of 2002" (MP3)
  • Ellen Litman, writer of fiction from Best New American Voices 2007Best of Tin HouseTriQuarterly, and Ontario Review; and author of the forthcomingshort story collection The Last Chicken in America (W. W. Norton, fall 2007)

Four Stories Boston | A Place Apart II: Tales of exile and home, family and foreigners 9/11/06

  • Chris Castellani, author of The Saint of Lost Things and A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction; and Artistic Director of Grub Street (MP3)
  • Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and the forthcoming We Disappear; and winner of fellowships to the London Arts Board and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab (MP3)
  • Lucy McCauley, author oftravel essays and other nonfiction appearing in The Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Review, The Los Angeles Times, and; and series editor for Best Women's Travel Writing (MP3)
  • Christine Palamidessi Moore, author of The Virgin Knows and the forthcoming Fiddle Case, winner of UrbanArts’ Art-on-the-Orange-Line award;  and teacher of writing at Boston University (MP3 [including event intro])

Four Stories Boston | Dark and Light: Stories of laughter and melancholy 4/3/06

  • Jacqueline Lalley, contributor to The OnionBitch Magazine, Harvard Review, and Secrets & Confidences: The Complicated Truth about Women's Friendships (Sorry, no MP3)
  • Don Lee, editor of Ploughshares  journal; acclaimed author of Country of Originand Yellow; and winner of an American Book Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction (MP3)
  • Stephen McCauley, author of five novels including The Object of My Affectionand, most recently, Alternatives to Sex; and teacher of Writing at Brandeis University (MP3)
  • Askold Melnyczuk, director of creative writing at UMASS Boston; author of the New York Times Notable Book Ambassador of the Dead; recipient of the Lila Wallace Readers’ Digest Award and the McGinnis Award in Fiction; and essayist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Partisan Review, Ploughshares, and The Boston Globe (MP3)