Shorts and Stouts


Jhumpa Lahiri

May 13, 2019 

"A Temporary Matter" and "Interpreter of Maladies".

Themes include: marriage, assimilation, honesty, language barriers, and lousy Americans.

Read More


Donald Barthelme

June 10, 2019 

"The School" and "A City of Churches".

Themes include: educational standards, absurdity, inevitable death, meaninglessness, and car dealers.

Read More


Katherine Anne Porter

July 8, 2019 

"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" and "Flowering Judas".

Themes include: jilting, weathering, disenchantment, illusions, and betrayals.

Read More


Zora Neale Hurston

August 12, 2019 

"Sweat" and "The Gilded Six-Bits".

Themes include: snakes, bad marriage partners, gender expectations, class, vernacular, and Floridians.

Read More


Nathaniel Hawthorne

September 9, 2019 

"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" and "The Minister's Black Veil".

Themes include: testing the waters, visages, social experiments, purity, and accessories.

Read More


Patricia Highsmith

October 14, 2019 

"The Snail Watcher" and "The Quest for Blank Claveringi".

Themes include: snail horror.

Read More


Haruki Murakami

November 11, 2019 

"The Kangaroo Communiqué" and "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning".

Themes include: unrequited love, distant love, insecure love, uncomfortable love, and reflective love.

Read More


Anton Chekhov

December 9, 2019 

"Gooseberries" and "Vanka".

Themes include: social injustice, fulfillment, landscape, and ignorant children.

Read More

About Shorts and Stouts

Shorts & Stouts is a short story discussion group sponsored by the McCracken County Public Library and held at Dry Ground Brewery on the second Monday of each month at 7pm. Discussions are open to the public. No "stout" purchase is required.

Other Programs and Resources
Calendar of Events

For all Library events, including other education series like Evenings Upstairs, click here to see our calendar of events.

Research Tools

Got a research project, looking for an answer to a question, or just want to learn something new? Check out our online research tools and get all the information you need.