Short-Story Discussion: Fall 2022

Join White Plains Librarian Barbara Wenglin via Zoom to explore compelling selections from the rich anthology, Stories of Fatherhood, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, c2014). In varied settings and cultures, the collection gathers more than a century of timeless stories about having, becoming, loving, and losing fathers. Use Zoom Registration Link for full series & attend when you can. All are welcome, including newcomers!

Stories of Fatherhood

A copy of the book is on hold at the Hub Desk for reading in the Library
along with circulating copies available to borrow through the catalog.

Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:15 p.m. on Zoom

December 8
“Her Firstborn” by Ann Packer (2011 – p.153)
A touching portrait of a husband preparing for the wonder and terror of his first child’s birth.

December 22
“The H Street Sledding Record” by Ron Carlson (1987 – p.81)
“Christmas” by Vladimir Nabokov (1925 – p.143)
Two very different holiday stories: one celebrating a loving family’s annual rituals,
including a sledding adventure, the other mourning the loss of a child.

January 5, 2023
“A Father’s Story” by Andre Dubus (1983 – p.95)
The devoted father of two boys and a girl treats his daughter differently with heartfelt, dramatic and lifelong consequences.

January 12 – Film DiscussionLeave No Trace (2018, 1hr 50m)
Based on the true story of a veteran suffering from PTSD, a father and his young daughter go off
the grid, living in a forest near Portland, Oregon, constantly moving to avoid detection.
Directed and written by Oscar nominee and Female Focus Award winner Debra Granik.
Grand Jury Prize – Independent Film Festival; NY Film Critics Top Films of the Year.
Starring Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie in her breakthrough performance.
To view before meeting via Library Streaming Services Kanopy & hoopla,
also in catalog to borrow as DVD & BluRay, and on Netflix.

Use Zoom Registration Link here or through website Meeting ID for all sessions: 858 3428 4963 or phone in: 1-929-205-6099; no password needed. You can also register at Hub/Ref. Desk in person or by phone – 914-422-1480. Program made possible with support of the
Friends of the Library. Questions? Contact

Past Sessions:

September 22
“The Writer in the Family” by E. L. Doctorow (1984 – p.125)
Also collected in Lives of the Poets, available for loan through the catalog.
When his father dies suddenly, teenager Jonathan is enlisted by the family
to keep the secret from his elderly grandmother in a nursing home.

October 13
“His Father’s Son” by Edith Wharton (1909 – p.287)
A prosperous widower has given everything – money, love & support – to his successful, but ungrateful, son.

November 3
“Simon’s Father” by Guy de Maupassant (1879 – p.181)
“Gabor” by Graham Swift (1992 – p.67)
Both stories deal with fatherless boys who seek acceptance, validation, and possible adoption.

November 17
“The Mortality of Parents” by Jim Shepard (2004 – p.311)
The narrator recalls his fears as a young teen of losing his father after his heart attack, vowing to mend his wild ways.

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    • Kristen, Adult Librarian

      Hi Madeline, I’m sorry you had difficulty getting in – you were not alone as Zoom had technological issues last Thursday. It will hopefully be working fine next Thursday, but if you experience further issues, call us at (914) 422-1480 for assistance.

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