FSG hosts a reading series at the Russian Samovar in New York, most recently with Lydia Davis and David Means. Produced by two of our assistant editors, Chantal Clarke and Mark Krotov, the readings occur at irregular intervals throughout the year. Homemade vodka is often consumed.
Here, David Means reads “The Blade,” a short story from his recent collection The Spot.
David Means was born and raised in Michigan. His second collection of stories, Assorted Fire Events, earned the Los Angles Times Book Prize for fiction and a National Book Critics Circle nomination. His third book, The Secret Goldfish, received widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. Both books have been translated into eight languages. His fiction has appeared The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, Zoetrope, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and numerous other publications. He lives in Nyack, New York, and teaches at Vassar College.
“The Knocking” in The New Yorker, March 15, 2010
“The Botch” in The New York Times, June 30, 2010