Mapping Short Story Month: An ALU Infographic

May 14, 2015

No, they’re not stories that are mad at you: short story collections offer a window into ideas, themes, and feelings, as well as providing an author the chance to flex their writerly muscle, honing every paragraph down to perfect sentences; sentences to perfect words. As Andrew Forbes wrote of short stories on his piece about Anna Leventhal’s Sweet Affliction, short stories are “truth minus the sprawl.”

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No, they’re not stories that are mad at you: short story collections offer a window into ideas, themes, and feelings, as well as providing an author the chance to flex their writerly muscle, honing every paragraph down to perfect sentences; sentences to perfect words. As Andrew Forbes  wrote of short stories on his piece about Anna Leventhal’s Sweet Affliction, short stories are “truth minus the sprawl.”

We’ve compiled wonderful short story collections with similar thematic elements in this rather Wonderbread-ish infographic below. All of the books featured are listed in the index below the image. Happy reading, and happy short story month!

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Paradise and Elsewhere
by Kathy Page (Biblioasis)

How to Get Along with Women
by Elisabeth de Mariaffi (Invisible Publishing)

Entropic
by R.W. Gray (NeWest Press)

What I Want to Tell Goes Like This
by Matt Rader (Nightwood Editions)

Cosmo
by Spencer Gordon (Coach House Books)

The Watermelon Social
by Elaine McCluskey (Gaspereau Press)

Boundary Problems
by Greg Bechtel (Freehand Books)

Any Given Power
by Alissa York (Arbeiter Ring Publishing)

A Clap for Cadence
by R.W. Dunlop (Now or Never Publishing)

How You Were Born
by Kate Cayley (Pedlar Press)

Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome 
by Megan Gail Coles (Creative Book Publishing)

After it Rains
by Bill Haugland (Vehicule Press)

Prerequisites for Sleep
by Jennifer Stone (Signature Editions)

Distillery Songs
by Mike Spry (Insomniac Press)

Barbara Klein-Muskrat, Then and Now
by Sharon Abron Drache (Inanna Publications)

From a High Thin Wire
by Joan Clark (Goose Lane Editions)

I’m Not Scared of You or Anything
by Jon Paul Fiorentino (Anvil Press)

The Pull of the Moon
by Julie Paul (Brindle & Glass)

Letters to Thomas Pynchon and Other Stories
by Chris Eaton (ECW Press)


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