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The Art of the Short Story: Jill McCorkle on “Old Crimes” with Amy Hempel

Continuing a series about the possibilities of writing in the short form, The Center for Fiction welcomes Jill McCorkle (Life After LifeHieroglyphics) to celebrate her wry and rich collection: Old Crimes and Other StoriesOld Crimes delves into the lives of characters who hold their secrets and misdeeds close, even as the past continues to reverberate over time and across generations: In “Low Tones,” a woman uses her hearing impairment as a way to guard herself from her husband’s commentary. In “Lineman,” a telephone lineman strains to connect to his family even as he feels pushed aside in a digital world. In “Confessional,” a young couple buys a confessional booth for fun, only to discover the cost of honesty. Legendary short-fiction writer Amy Hempel (Sing to It) joins McCorkle in conversation about her perceptive, intimate stories of longing, affection, and regret. After the conversation, McCorkle will sign books.


Wed 2/28



The Center for Fiction
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