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.