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Out in the open – reading during lockdown

“Some” short stories with Mariela Burani

“Cold glass, how you insert yourself
Between myself and myself.”
Sylvia Plath, “The Other”

“First, try to be something, anything else.”
Lorrie Moore “How to become a writer”

Kazuo Ishiguro once said that, when writing a story, he used to think of how characters develop, but then realized that it was better to focus on their relationships instead.
Four authors (and some bonus tracks) give us stories whose protagonists are involved in uneasy relationships. They find themselves lost at a crossroads, trapped by a feeling of helplessness, unable to thrive – they are out in the open.
In these four meetings, we are going to explore some fascinating stories by Sylvia Plath, Lorrie Moore, Richard Ford and Richard Yates.

How are we going to work?

We’ll email you the texts in advance so you can read them before the meeting. Jot down your impressions, your ideas and opinions. We’ll discuss them every other Saturday in an online Zoom meeting, so you can feel the company of like-minded readers in spite of the isolation of lockdown.

Dates and focus

  • Saturday May 2nd (10 to 11.30): A story by Sylvia Plath plus a bonus track.
  • Saturday May 16th (10 to 11.30):  A story by Lorrie Moore plus a bonus track.
  • Saturday May 30th (10 to 11.30):  A story by Richard Ford plus a bonus track.
  • Saturday June 13th (10 to 11.30):  A story by Richard Yates plus a bonus track.

How much does it cost?

For APRIR members: $300 each session. One advance payment for all four sessions: $1000

For non-members: $450 each session. One advance payment for all four sessions: $1600

How do I register?

Vacancies are very limited, because a reading group like this one must be kept small, so secure your place by paying in advanceFirst come, first served!

Pay by bank transfer AND email the slip to

Banco Nación Suc. 3020- Rosario
CBU Nº 0110444240044427146462
Cuenta Corriente Especial
Nº de cuenta: 444271464/6
Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Rosario
CUIT: 30680502109

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