After the expressions of interest, we’re going ahead! Here’s how it works: each fortnight, we’ll discuss a particular short story (which will all be available to read for free online, either in HTML for as a PDF). I’ll post a reminder on the Thursday beforehand, and the main post on the Sunday will round up commentary on the story that I could find online (feel free to post your thoughts on your own blog in advance if you wish) – then the floor (or comment thread) will be open to you.
We’ll start off with six stories, and see how it goes. I’d love to make this a regular feature if there’s enough demand. Here are the first selections, with dates and links to the stories:
5 Aug: “Bombay’s Republic” by Rotimi Babatunde [PDF]
19 Aug: “Atlantic City” by Kevin Barry [PDF]
02 Sept: “The Merchant of Shadows” by Angela Carter
16 Sept: “Two Ways of Leaving” by Alois Hotschnig
30 Sept: “Drifting House” by Krys Lee
Please note, although there’s usually a fortnight between discussions, I’ve scheduled the first one for next week (this is to avoid a clash of dates later on). The Society has its own index on the blog (above), as well as a dedicated Twitter account and Facebook page.
So there we go.What do you reckon to the first selections?