"The Rea Award is the Nobel Prize of the short story." - Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
On Wednesday, April 11, 2007, Selected Shorts celebrated 20 years of the Rea Award, featuring readings and remarks by Rea Award winners Ann Beattie, Cynthia Ozick, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, Grace Paley, John Edgar Wideman, Joy Williams, Tobias Wolff and John Updike.
Introductions by Isaiah Sheffer, Elizabeth Richebourg Rea and Ann Beatttie
Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl"
performed by Lois Smith
A heartwrenching Holocaust tale of a mother and her daughters, followed by remarks from the author.
Remarks by Ann Beattie
Selection from Deborah Eisenberg's "Some Other Better Otto"
performed by the author
Richard Ford reads from "Calling"
Joyce Carol Oates' "Slow"
performed by Joyce Carol Oates
A wife has a sudden revelation about her husband.
Grace Paley's "In This Country But in Another Language, My Aunt Refuses to Marry the Men Everyone Wants Her To" and story-poem "Plot on the Poem"
performed by the Grace Paley
Advice about life is passed down from feisty aunt to eager niece in this story followed by a poem about the aunt's past and longings.
John Edgar Wideman's "Coo-Coo"
performed by John Edgar Wideman
A day with the birds in Brittany.
Joy Williams' "Escapes"
performed by Joy Williams
Tobias Wolff's "That Room"
performed by Tobias Wolff
A high school boy's summer adventures.
John Updike's "The Orphaned Swimming Pool"
performed by Campbell Scott
The story of a suburban marriage is told through the life of the family pool, followed by remarks from the author
The Rea Award for the Short Story and this special commemorative CD are sponsored by the Dungannon Foundation.
CD includes a 24-page color booklet