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The Art of the Short Story: Sidik Fofana, David Means, and Rebecca Miller with Idra Novey

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Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT September 7, 2022

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

In-person tickets include a $10 bookstore voucher, redeemable toward the featured event books on the night of the event. All registrants will receive a link to livestream the event.

The Center for Fiction is thrilled to welcome Sidik Fofana, David Means, and Rebecca Miller to our stage in celebration of their accomplished new short story collections. From eight interconnected narratives centered around neighbors in the same Harlem apartment complex to intense speculative visions of the future, these collections show some of the wildly diverse possibilities of the exciting and multifaceted world of the contemporary short story. Stories from the Tenants Downstairs is the publishing debut from The Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellowship alum Sidik Fofana; Two Nurses, Smoking is David Means’s fifth collection; and Total is filmmaker, director, and novelist Rebecca Miller’s second collection. Dive in with us to hear about their thoughts on craft, form, process, and publication. Author Idra Novey will moderate the conversation.


In Conversation

  • Fofana - Author Photo_credit Roque Nonini (1) - Claire Fennell

    Sidik Fofana

    Sidik Fofana

    Sidik Fofana earned an MFA from New York University and was an Emerging Writer Fellow at The Center for Fiction. He lives with his wife and son in New York City where he is a public school teacher.

    Photo Credit: Roque Nonini

  • Means_TWO NURSES, SMOKING_(c) Chris Carroll - Claire Fennell

    David Means

    David Means

    David Means was born and raised in Michigan. He is the author of five short-story collections, including Instructions for a Funeral, The Spot (a New York Times notable book of the year), Assorted Fire Events (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction), and The Secret Goldfish, and the novel Hystopia (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize). His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s magazine, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and other publications. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, Means lives in Nyack, New York, and teaches at Vassar College.

    Photo Credit: Chris Carroll 

  • Rebecca Miller (c) Leo Veira - Claire Fennell

    Rebecca Miller

    Rebecca Miller

    Rebecca Miller is the author of the short-story collection Personal Velocity, her feature-film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance; The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (FSG, 2008), which she also adapted for the screen; and, most recently, Jacob’s Folly (FSG, 2013). Her other films include Angela, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and Maggie’s Plan. She lives in New York and Ireland with her family.

    Photo Credit: Leo Veira

  • Idra_Novey_Final_Jesse_Dittmar - Claire Fennell

    Idra Novey

    Idra Novey

    Idra Novey is the award-winning author of the novels Ways to Disappear and Those Who Knew. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages and she’s written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. She teaches fiction at Princeton University and in the MFA Program at New York University. Her new novel, Take What You Need, is forthcoming from Viking in 2023.

    Photo Credit: Jesse Ditmar