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Short & Sweet

Short & Sweet meets virtually the fourth Thursday (with exceptions noted below) of each month at 6:00 p.m. 

“If I had more time, this would be shorter.” Just because something is a quick read does not mean it can be easily appreciated.

During the stay-at-home advisory, we initiated a new, weekly discussion group, Short & Sweet, to connect via videoconference with readers while respecting social distancing. Now that we move toward a “new normal,” we’ll plan to meet once a month, the fourth Thursday of the month when possible, via videoconference for the foreseeable future. 

To join the group, email reference@bostonathenaeum.org to let librarians know. You will receive an invitation with link or password by email.

2022 Schedule

  • Jan. 27: a novella: Henry James, "The Aspern Papers"
  • Feb. 24: Leo Tolstoy, "God Sees the Truth, but Waits"
  • Mar. 24: NoViolet Bulawayo, "Hitting Budapest"
  • Apr. 28: Shirley Jackson, "Charles"
  • May 26: Ring Lardner, "Haircut"
  • Jun. 23 David Szalay, "Turbulence"
  • No July meeting
  • Aug. 25 Ernest Hemingway, "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"
  • Sep. 22 Lorrie Moore, "You're Ugly, Too"
  • Oct. 27 Edith Wharton, "The Pelican"
  • No November meeting
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Short & Sweet Past Readings