short stories

USA. 1956. American author Shirley JACKSON. (Erich Hartmann/Magnum)

The short, complex life of a writer of short, complex stories

The precursor to both Stephen King and mommy bloggers alike, the late Shirley Jackson—you may know her story ’The Lottery’—haunts us still

26 short stories about the alphabet: Book review

In short stories, most only a few pages long, Peacock recounts the life of the alphabet.

Short stories are beautiful, but will they sell?

Prizes and critics are in love with short stories these days. It’s those pesky readers . . .

The two halves of Alice Munro

Munro’s editor Douglas Gibson on their decades-long relationship, where understatement was everything

Alice Munro: Never too much happiness

From 2013: Inside the remarkable triumph of the world’s greatest storyteller
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David Sedaris talks through the animals

Plus, hockey star Alexander Ovechkin, a new memoir from the author of  ’Prisoner of Tehran’, and making sense of Stephen Harper