Short Story Discussion

Librarian Barbara Wenglin’s short-story discussion series, Stories of Art and Artists, resumes on Thursday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the Library’s second-floor auditorium. Readings are again selected from the 2014 anthology edited by Diana Secker Tesdell.

Opening is Rebecca Lee’s “Fialta,” a story about a creative and cloistered architectural community that prohibits its residents from having love affairs–until a young man challenges the authorities. “Fialta” won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 2001.

The spring series also features such legends as Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose “The Artist of The Beautiful” in 1844 came years before he became famous with The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of the Seven Gables (1851). By contrast, Bernard Malamud’s “Rembrandt’s Hat” was published in The New Yorker in 1972–years after he became famous with The Natural (1952) and his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Fixer (1966).

Wrapping the spring series on June 13 is a screening of Georgia O’Keeffe, starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons in a 2009 biopic of the eclectic American artist called the “Mother of American Modernism.” The film follows Frida in the fall series—as both Kahlo and O’Keeffe were brilliant artists living in tortured relationships with their artist husbands—and should make for a riveting discussion.

The free program is made possible with the support of the Friends of the White Plains Public Library. You may register once for the series by calling (914) 422-1480 or by clicking here.

Copies of the anthology are available to borrow in the fiction collection (under “Stories…”), with a copy also kept at the Reference Desk for reading in the Library. For more information, email Barbara at

Steven Cohn

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