BINDERY: New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:30pm

The Bindery hosts the San Francisco launch for the new W. W. Norton anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, featuring readings by local contributors. Please join us!


Readings by: Stace Budzko, Kirstin Chen, Jane CiabattariJames ClaffeyGay DeganiGrant FaulknerThaisa FrankMolly Giles, Cadence LowMelissa G. McCrackenLynn Mundell, Pamela Painter, and Nancy Stohlman!


A new collection of very short stories selected by Flash Fiction editor James Thomas and Robert Scotellaro.


All of the stories in this book are exceptionally short, revealing themselves in no more than 300 words. With a foreword by Robert Shapard and an afterword by Christopher Merrill, this book brings you fresh approaches to an exacting form that demands precision, a species of brevity that is surprisingly expansive. Writers say the pieces are hard to compose, but readers say they are easy to appreciate, a pleasure to envision, a wonder to watch life spun out and painted in small places. Real and surreal, lyrical and prosaic, here are 135 stories by 89 authors, certain to make you think.


Author Bios:


Stace Budzko has been published and anthologized here and there. There have also been audio, art, and screen adaptions of his work. He writes and teaches in Berkeley.


Kirstin Chen's new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take (Little A, March 2018), has been named a Most Anticipated Upcoming Book by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle, among others.


Jane Ciabattari is author of the short story collection Stealing the Fire (Dzanc) and flash appearing in Nothing Short of 100New Flash Fiction Review, and A Book on the Table.


Irish writer James Claffey’s work appears in the W.W. Norton Anthology, Flash Fiction International, and in Queen's Ferry Press's anthology, Best Small Fictions of 2015. His novel, The Heart Crossways, will be published in the fall of 2018 by Thrice Publishing.

Gay Degani has a chapbook, Pomegranate, a full-length collection, Rattle of Want, and a suspense novel, What Came Before. Writing flash fiction has given her the tools to write another chapbook, another collection, another novel, god willing.


Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month and co-founder of 100 Word Story. He is the author of Pep Talks for Writers, the story collection Fissures, and co-editor of the anthology Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story.


Thaisa Frank’s fifth book of fiction (Enchantment, Counterpoint, 2012) was among Best Books (San Francisco Chronicle). Her novel, Heidegger's Glasses (Counterpoint, 2011) was translated into 10 languages. New work in Short-Forms (Bloomsbury). She’s a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.


Molly Giles is the author of a novel and 4 collections of short stories.


Cadence Low was born in San Francisco and raised in North Beach. She has been lifelong friends with Ianthe Brautigan and was lucky to have known her father Richard.


Melissa G. McCracken lives in Santa Fe, NM with her husband, Brian. She has been seen canoodling with Screenplays for some time now, but everyone (including she) knows her heart belongs to Flash.


Lynn Mundell’s writing has appeared in The Sun, Booth, Portland Review, and many other literary journals. Lynn is co-editor of 100 Word Story and its anthology Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story


Pamela Painter is the author of four story collections and co-author of the widely adopted textbook, What If?  Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. Her collection of Flash Fiction is titled Wouldn’t You Like to Know.


Nancy Stohlman’s books include Madam Velvet's Cabaret of Oddities (Oct 2018), The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories, and The Monster Opera. She is the creator of The Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series and teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder.



“Reading these wonderful tiny fictions is like stealing food from the refrigerator before, or after, dinner. A sublime luxury.” – Frederick BarthelmeNew World Writing


“These micro fictions violate the laws of geophysics by compressing whole lives / whole worlds / whole heartbreaks into something like diamonds: bright, riven, reflective, edged, wonderful, and hard enough to cut through glass.” – Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted


New Micro’s quick, bright stories are, like our lives, as brief as lightning in the blinding dark. They offer us essential truth without the inessential facts.” – John Dufresne, author of Flash! Writing the Very Short Story



Please note: this event will be at The Bindery at 1727 Haight.


This is an all ages event. Doors and the bar open at 7pm. The event starts at 7:30pm.


RSVP appreciated but not required.


If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of New Micro, order below and put your request in the comments field.


New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction Cover Image
By James Thomas (Editor), Robert Scotellaro (Editor)
ISBN: 9780393354706
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 28th, 2018