Grace Paley's Stories | Newberry

Grace Paley's Stories

Led by Mike Levine. Seven sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Wednesdays, October 4 - November 15

6 - 7:30 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $200
Regular Price (after September 1): $220

Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 if you would like to register.

Seminar Description

A master of the short story, Grace Paley called her own work “a history of everyday life.” With a sharp political edge, Paley portrays relationships – between lovers, friends, and family – with bracing honesty and exquisite precision. Her characters, often the women of immigrant Jewish New York, are always measuring themselves and the world against their ideals, and Paley’s stories are intensely alive with the messy details and emotional urgency of ordinary experience. Seven sessions.

Mike Levine’s most recent Newberry seminar was on Clarice Lispector’s stories. He has a PhD in English from Rice University.

Materials List


  • Grace Paley, The Collected Stories. (FSG Classics, 2007) ISBN-13: 978-0374530280

First Reading:

  • Please read, “Goodbye and Good Luck” (pp. 3 – 13) in Grace Paley, The Collected Stories, for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.