THURSDAY, June 22nd @ 7pm: JUNE SHORTS Continues - Johnson

We've read a lot of early 20th and 19th C stories so far. Now we present something a little more contemporary: detective fiction  author Craig Johnson.

TONIGHT: "Messenger: A Walt Longmire Story"

Sheriff Walt Longmire, his long-time friend Henry Standing Bear, and his undersheriff Victoria Moretti are returning from a fishing trip in the Bighorn Mountains when Walt receives a distress call from Crazy Woman Canyon. Forest service ranger Chuck Coon is in trouble. Walt, the Bear, and Vic arrive to find Coon and a young woman up a tree, so to speak. The unlikley duo are fending off three very real bears from the top of a Porta Potty and tell a mystifying story of another dangerous creature inside the “convenience.” When Walt, Henry, and Vic face the creature what they find may be a Messenger from the Camp of the Dead, with a very personal tie to Walt himself.

Kayden Oconnell & Caledonia Skytower in Voice at The Firecircle.

TUESDAY, June 20th: JUNE SHORTS ~ Ursula Le Guin

Ursula K Le Guin was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in 1959, and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, producing more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children's books. Frequently described as an author of science fiction, Le Guin has also been called a "major voice in American Letters". Le Guin said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".

Tonight: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

With deliberately both vague and vivid descriptions, the narrator depicts a summer festival in the utopian city of Omelas, whose prosperity depends on the perpetual misery of a single child.

Caledonia Skytower in Voice at The Firecircle.

ALSO: Today at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live at The Glen

MONDAY, June 19th at 7pm slt: JUNE SHORTS Continues ~ It's Two! Two!

Tonight Finn Zeddmore presents two stories by two different authors.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer. His works often focus on history, morality, and religion. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral metaphors with an anti-Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism.

Tonight, something a little different: The Snow Image: A Childish Miracle
Two children, Violet and Peony, construct a girl out of snow. This snow-image comes to life, however, their parents think she is a human girl and bring her inside where she promptly melts.

H.H. Munro, better known by the pen name “Saki”, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirize Edwardian society and culture. He is considered by English teachers and scholars a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward and P. G. Wodehouse.

Tonight: The Storyteller

Tonight's session will be in Voice at The Firecircle.

THIS WEEK (6.19-22) June Shorts Continues

More Stories!  This week featuring short works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Saki (HH Munro), Ursula K Le Guin, and contemporary crime fiction author Craig Johnson. Finn Zeddmore, Caledonia Skytower, and Kayden Oconnell present these adventures, live!

We'll provide the lemonade and some "picnic-ables." Join us fireside!

TUESDAY, June 13th at 7pm slt: JUNE SHORTS Continues ~ Grahame

Kenneth Grahame was a British writer born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), a classic of children's literature, as well as The Reluctant Dragon. Both books were later adapted for stage and film.

Tonight: The Reluctant Dragon

Originally published as a chapter in his book Dream Days, “The Reluctant Dragon” is Grahame's most famous short story, arguably better known than Dream Days itself or the related 1895 collection The Golden Age. It can be seen as a prototype to most modern stories in which the dragon is a sympathetic character rather than a threat.

In Grahame's story, a young boy discovers an erudite, poetry-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. The two become friends, but soon afterwards the dragon is discovered by the townsfolk, who send for St George to rid them of it.

Tonight's session will be on Stream at The Firecircle.

ALSO: Today at Noon: RUSSELL EPONYM, Live at The Glen

AND: Thursday, JUNE SHORTS features Mark Twain, presented by Kayden Oconnell

THURSDAY, June 8th @ 7pm: JUNE SHORTS Continues - H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells was an English writer. Prolific in many genres, he wrote more than fifty novels and dozens of short stories. His non-fiction output included works of social commentary, politics, history, popular science, satire, biography, and autobiography. Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and has been called the "father of science fiction."

Tonight: The Door in the Wall

The haunting, deeply psychological story is told by Redmond, a friend of the ascendant politician Lionel Wallace, and describes Wallace’s strange encounters with a door to a garden which seems to find him at intervals throughout his life, without his being able to locate it on his own. He once confided in Redmond that he was concerned that this obsession with the door in the wall was becoming a great distraction to his career, consuming his thoughts and dreams.

Tonight's session will be on Stream at The Firecircle.

TUESDAY, June 6th @ 7pm: JUNE SHORTS - Kipling "Oh Best Beloved"

Rudyard Kipling was an English novelist, short-story writer, poet, and journalist. He was born in British India, which inspired much of his work.

Kipling's works of fiction include the Jungle Books (The Jungle Book, 1894; The Second Jungle Book, 1895), Kim (1901), the Just So Stories (1902) and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). ] His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is seen as an innovator in the art of the short story. His children's books are classics; one critic noted "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".

Caledonia continues our special series with selections from Kipling's beloved "Just So Stories" including "The Elephant's Child" and more.

Tonight's session will be on Stream in The Glen.

ALSO: Catch Russell Eponym's weekly hour of music and stories in The Glen at Noon today!

MONDAY, June 5th @ 7pm: JUNE SHORTS ~ Roald Dahl at War

Roald Dahl was a British popular author of children's literature and short stories, a poet, and wartime fighter ace. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and for adults, and he became one of the world's best-selling authors. His books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. Dahl has been called "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century".                                                                                                                                                    Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters.

Tonight Kayden and Caledonia share a different side of Dahl from the popular author of "James & The Giant Peach" and the Wonka books. In the short stories "Shot Down Over Libya" and "Beware of the Dog" Dahl explores the World War II experience. 

Learn more ab out this author at

Tonight's session will be in SL Voice at the Firecircle.

Coming to Seanchai Library starting June 5th: JUNE SHORTS!

Yeah! It's time to dust off your sandals, flip-flops, and freshen up those shorts and sun-dresses for the imminent months of sunshine and warmth.

We've taken shorts on in a different way. We've combed through lists of "the best" or "the greatest" short stories in the English language (one list was 500 entries long!  Seriously!). We've created a list of our own, and included some short stories that are "our favorites". We'll be sharing them live at the various outdoor venues at our #SecondLife home on Nowhereville. 

We'll provide the lemonade and some "picnic-ables." Join us fireside!