Angela Hanshaw | December 21, 2010
We’re in the midst of the holiday season, and I thought I’d pass along The Guardian’s gift of short stories read by leading authors. Many of my favorite authors are included here, both as writer and reader. So make some hot chocolate, grab a blanket or add some logs to the fire, curl up on your favorite chair, put on your earphones, and enjoy. I hope you hear something that makes your season just a little brighter:
- Philip Pullman reading “The Beauties” by Anton Chekhov
- William Boyd reading “My Dream of Flying to Wake Island” by JG Ballard
- Anne Enright reading “Fat” by Raymond Carver
- Colm Tóibín reading “Music at Annahullion” by Eugene McCabe
- Margaret Drabble reading “The Doll’s House” by Katherine Mansfield
- Jeanette Winterson reading “The Night Driver” by Italo Calvino
- Rose Tremain reading “Extra” by Yiyun Li
- Julian Barnes reading “Homage to Switzerland” by Ernest Hemingway
- Tessa Hadley reading “The Jungle” by Elizabeth Bowen
- Helen Dunmore reading “My Oedipus Complex” by Frank O’Connor
- Ali Smith reading “Conversation With My Father” by Grace Paley
- Helen Simpson reading “The Kitchen Child” by Angela Carter
P.S. The readers also shared how and why they chose their stories.
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.