Small Odysseys: 35 New Stories from Selected Shorts

“Lovers of the short story, rejoice! There’s something for everyone in this anniversary collection . . . makes the argument that time and again, it is stories that save us.” —Booklist

Published in March 2022 with Algonquin Books, in partnership with Selected Shorts, Small Odysseys captures the spirit of the long-time radio show & live performance series in print for the first time.

From 2010-2013, Hannah Tinti was the literary commentator on Selected Shorts, chatting with host Isaiah Sheffer about short stories each week on Public Radio. Now, in collaboration with Selected Shorts and Symphony Space, Tinti has helped bring together 35 new stories by authors featured on the program, as well as up and coming new voices.

The anthology features an introduction from Hannah Tinti, a forward by Neil Gaiman, and pieces by authors Rabih Alameddine, Jenny Allen, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Aimee Bender, Marie-Helene Bertino, Jai Chakrabarti, Patrick Cottrell, Elizabeth Crane, Michael Cunningham, Patrick Dacey, Edwidge Danticat, Dave Eggers, Omar El Akkad, Lauren Groff, Jacob Guajardo, A.M. Homes, Mira Jacob, Jac Memc, Etgar Keret, Lisa Ko, Victor LaValle, J.Robert Lennon, Ben Loory, Carmen Maria Machado, Juan Martinez, Maile Meloy, Joe Meno, Susan Perabo, Helen Phillips, Namwali Serpell, Rivers Solomon, Elizabeth Strout, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jess Walter, and Weike Wang.

For longtime fans of Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts, as well as readers of anthologies like Best American or magazines like One Story, this wide-ranging collection celebrates the wildly diverse world of short fiction, and offers stories that are in turn striking, generous, provocative, joyful–and on every page extraordinary. You can purchase a copy of Small Odysseys here.

Searching for Creativity: an Online Course with One Story

In this five day class, One Story co-founder Hannah Tinti will delve into the creative process with special guests Ruth Ozeki, Dani Shapiro, and Min Jin Lee. Each day will feature inspiring, generative exercises and in-depth conversations about the best ways to overcome roadblocks and get sparks flying on the page. Tinti and her guests will give tips on their own unique approaches for stirring the imagination, sharing their personal stories of trial, error, and success. Three sessions will be live conversations. There will also be daily discussion boards for students to connect with other writers from around the globe about the best ways to keep the creative flame alive.

Class runs February 17-21, 2022. Students can take the course at any time & will have access until March 17. For complete details & signup go here.

12 Lives named one of the Best Novels of the decade

Paste Magazine ranked The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley #32 out of the top 40 novels of the past decade:

“Nine years after her debut novel, The Good Thief, was published, Hannah Tinti released another masterpiece. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley explores a captivating father-daughter relationship, weaving the pair’s saga through two narrative timelines. The first follows a young girl named Loo as she comes of age in a small Massachusetts town; the second reveals her father’s past through twelve stories chronicling the events that led to his twelve bullet wounds. Tinti’s narrative takes on a mythic quality with each bullet, nodding to the Twelve Labors of Hercules with hidden Easter eggs. The result is a mesmerizing literary thriller that counts down to the final gunshot.” —Frannie Jackson

The Quest for Authenticity: A Red Ink Conversation

Red Ink is a quarterly series curated and hosted by Michele Filgate at Books are Magic, focusing on women writers, past and present. The conversation “Authenticity” took place in April 2019 and featured Hannah Tinti, along with Mira Jacob (Good Talk), Jennifer Pastiloff (On Being Human), Deborah Landau (Soft Targets), Grace Talusan (The Body Papers), and moderator Michele Filgate.

“Storytelling is about letting other people into the room and bringing other people along with you. And to do that, you have to give all the details.”-Hannah Tinti

To read a complete transcript of the conversation, go here.

My First Skype

I did my first bookclub via Skype the other day, with a public library in Clyde, OH. Many thanks to librarian Jill McCullough for talking me through the technology, so that I could meet the bookclub face to face. They broadcast me onto the wall, which made the whole thing a little big-brother, but it also allowed us to have our picture taken (virtually) together. Huzzah!