For years, Post Defiance editor Katy Evans has hosted a winter reading where friends come together and read original or published works celebrating the season (a little like a salon, a little like NPR’s Selected Shorts).
This year, Post Defiance hosted this living-room event at Editor Timothy Thomas McNeely’s home. 15 friends came together and shared a captivating and diverse spectrum of literature.
Ranging from the comedic, to the tragic, to the heartwarming, to the eerie, the selections articulated our theme of winter, celebration, and ritual as literature inspired by the longest night of the year and our basic human yearning for warmth and love tend to do. Perhaps you made it that night and enjoyed our stories, songs, myths, and poems, but if you missed it, check out what was read and we hope to see you next year.
“Oranges” by Gary Soto
“Three Little Men In the Woods,” a German fairy tale
“Young Carlotta,” an Appalachian ballad
“Winter Solstice, 1997” by Samuel Green from The Grace of Necessity
Excerpt from “You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas” by Augusten Burroughs
Excerpt from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
“Lighting Candles at Midwinter” by George Mackay Brown
“6 to 8 Black Men” by David Sedaris
“The Cat of Dovre,” a Norwegian fairy tale
“Shoveling Snow with Buddha” by Billy Collins from Sailing Alone Around the Room
“Twirler” by Jane Martin
“The Latke Who Wouldn’t Stop Screaming” by Lemony Snicket