Annotated Pages

One Story is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, and the Debutante Ball is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Donations help us keep our doors open and support our mission to celebrate the short story & support the writers who write them. For this year’s event, we’ve asked a few authors to annotate (by hand) a manuscript page from one of their published books. We’ll be making these available to on-site donors at the One Story Literary Debutante Ball this Friday, May 4th. Thank you to all of the wonderful authors who have so generously sent us pages: Jami Attenberg, Aimee Bender, Peter Carey, Michael Cunningham, Min Jin Lee, Celeste Ng, Ruth Ozeki, Ann PatchettRichard Russo, Patrick Ryan, Dani Shapiro, Jim ShepardKaren Shepard, Darin Strauss, J. Courtney Sullivan, Hannah Tinti, Vendela Vida, Jess Walter, Claire Vaye Watkins, Colson Whitehead, and Meg Wolitzer. We can’t wait to see you at the ball!

Pictured above: annotated pages by Ann Patchett, Ruth Ozeki, and Hannah Tinti

Colson Whitehead reads for One Story

On Friday, February 8th, Colson Whitehead came to Pianos to read a hilarious chapter from his latest novel (as yet untitled) which will be published next spring. You can listen to the reading here but I warn you that it will a) make you hungry and b) make you think about gerunds in a whole new way. In my introduction, I attempted to sound intelligent by comparing the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (something I’ve been following very closely lately) to the one between the Empiricists and the Intuitionists. If you’ve read Colson’s first novel, The Intuitionist, you know that those are the two factions of the Department of Elevator Inspectors: the first group relies on rigorous by-the-book analysis while the second operates mostly by instinct. In Colson’s vividly imagined detective story, the Empiricists are threatened by the star Intuitionist, Lila Mae Watson, whose impeccable inspection record defies their plodding methods. It’s a measure of the book’s brilliance that it has become a lens through which I view the current fight for the Democratic nomination, but it remains to be seen which faction of the Democratic party will be going all the way to the top.
One Story reading series coordinator Elliott Holt & Colson WhiteheadColson uses a “visual aid” while reading“Visual Aid” close-up [You’ll have to listen to the reading to understand]The crowd at Pianos is entranced