So it’s a given that I go to the library a lot. My family and friends tease me about it because I’m always saying, “I’ve got to go to the library.” Well, it’s true. Either I have to go return books, pick up holds, check out the new books, you get the idea.

This weekend was no exception. I had to go to the library but this time it was to do some research in preparation for my short story writing class I’m starting this week. I tend to favor novels and poetry over short stories so I wanted to take a mini-crash course in current short story collections.

Here’s what I found:
The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
Venetian Stories by Jane Turner Rylands
The Best American Short Stories 2003
Selected Stories by Shirley Ann Grau
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer

The quandry I always find myself in when reading a book of short stories is where do I start. From the beginning like any other book, or do I become reckless and start in the middle and jump back and forth between the covers. What temptation.

I better get back to all of those stories, and I’ll try to update you soon on my class adventures.