Join us for this brilliant line-up of three fiction writers who have published both short stories and novels candidly discuss each form's strengths and shortcomings.
Lori Ostlund’s novel After the Parade was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was a finalist for the 2016 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction. Her first book, a story collection entitled The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and the 2009 California Book Award for First Fiction. Her work has appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. She is a teacher and lives in San Francisco with Anne Raeff and their two cats, Oscar and Prakash. Anne Raeff is the author of The Jungle Around Us, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her essays have appeared in the New England Review, ZYZZYVA, and Guernica, among others. She is also the author of the novel Clara Mondschein’s Melancholia. Anne is currently a high school teacher at East Palo Alto Academy, where she teaches English and history. Christine Sneed is the author two story collections, The Virginity of Famous Men and Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, and two novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts. She received the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, Ploughshares' Zacharis First Book Award, and the Chicago Writers Association's Book of the Year Award. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University.