Short Story Discussion Series: Fall 2023

Join Librarian Barbara Wenglin to explore compelling selections from the rich anthology, New York Stories, ed. by Diana Secker Tesdell, (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, c2011). These vibrant and varied works by acclaimed authors provide a colorful vision of “the city that never sleeps” in all its grittiness and glamour “from high life, low life, nightlife, and everything in between.”

A copy of the book is on hold at the Hub/Reference Desk for reading in the Library
with circulating copies available to borrow through the catalog.
Zoom Register Here for full series and attend when you can! Newcomers welcome.

Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:15 p.m.

January 4
“Social Error” by Damon Runyon (p.185)

January 11 – Film Discussion – Marty (1955 – 1hr. 30min.)

Ernest Borgnine won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as an aging Italian-American butcher — still
living with his overbearing mother — who gives up on love until he meets an equally lonely, shy
schoolteacher, played by Betsy Blair. This poignant and timeless tale, filmed on location
throughout NYC, was produced by Harold Hecht and Burt Lancaster, the winner of four Oscars
including Best Picture, Best Director – Delbert Mann, and Best Screenplay – Paddy Chayefsky.
The film also won the first Palme d’Or Prize presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955

Please view the film before the discussion, available to borrow as a DVD through the catalog and
as an e-video on Kanopy, the Library’s free streaming service. Also on Amazon Prime Video.

Zoom Meeting ID for all sessions: 830 5143 0698 – Phone in: 1-929-205-6099, no password.
Zoom Register Here or at Hub/Ref Desk in person or by phone – 914-422-1480.
Program made possible with support of the Friends of the White Plains Library.
Questions? Contact Barbara –

Past Sessions:

October 12
“New York Nite Club” by Jack Kerouac (p.9)
“The Making of a New Yorker” by O. Henry (p.15)

October 26
“A Cup of Cold Water” by Edith Wharton (p.127)

November 9
“Pillar of Salt” by Shirley Jackson (p.51)

November 30
“The Magic Barrel” by Bernard Malamud (p.161)

December 14
“A Snowy Night on West Forty-Ninth Street” by Maeve Brennan (p.241)

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