Vintage Books announced today that its Vintage Shorts imprint will release 31 short story e-Books during the month of May (one each day) to celebrate Short Story Month. Featured selections include short story masters Raymond Carver, Andre Dubus, and Alice Munro; contemporary writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Mary Gaitskill; and classic stories from Edgar Allan Poe, Willa Cather, and Langston Hughes.  The month-long celebration will also include five original stories— from Alexander McCall Smith, Carrie Brown, Hari Kunzru, Patricio Pron, and the first-time U.S. publication of an original Maeve Binchy story.

 “Our goal is to showcase the rich history of authors at Vintage Books and Anchor Books.  We want to introduce readers to writers whose work they might not have discovered yet,” said Laura Crisp, Director of Digital Publishing & Business Development for Vintage Books/Anchor Books

For Short Story Month, the 31 Vintage Shorts will be priced at .99 each. Through Vintage Shorts, readers can dip into 5,000 to 30,000-word eBooks designed as 10 to 30-minute reads. A Vintage Short is the perfect read in a format that is ideal for a commute on the bus, train or subway; a coffee or lunch break; or a bedtime story.  More here:

 Short Story Month lineup…

Aimee Bender (“Dreaming in Polish”)

Alice Munro (“The Office”)

Andre Dubus (“The Colonel’s Wife”)

Ann Packer (“Babies”)

Ann Beattie (“Vermont”)

Anton Chekhov (“Big Volodya and Little Volodya”)

Charles Yu (“Yeoman”)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (“Imitation”)

Edgar Allan Poe (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”)

Ernest J. Gaines (“My Grandpa and the Haint”)

Jay McInerney (“Smoke”)

Jhumpa Lahiri (“Hell-Heaven”)

Jim Shepard (“Ajax Is All About Attack”)

Joy Williams (“The Other Week”)

Julian Barnes (“Homage to Hemingway”)

Julie Orringer (“When She is Old And I Am Famous”)

Junot Diaz (“Aurora”)

Langston Hughes (“Father and Son”)

Mary Gaitskill (“Today I’m Yours”)

Nathan Englander (“Peep Show”)

Nam Le (“Cartagena”)

Raymond Carver (“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” / “Beginners”)

Steven Millhauser (“The Wizard of West Orange”)

Tania James (“Lion and Panther in London”)

Toni Cade Bambara (“Ice,” with preface by Toni Morrison)

Willa Cather (“Coming, Aphrodite!”)



Alexander McCall Smith (“At the Reunion Buffet”)

Carrie Brown (“Witness”)

Hari Kunzru (“Ink”)

Maeve Binchy [first US pub] (“Full House”)

Patricio Pron (“The Peculiar State”)


ABOUT VINTAGE SHORTS: Vintage Shorts, which launched in 2014, publishes both fiction and nonfiction e-Book originals from Vintage/Anchor Books’s wide roster of authors, and culls topical essays, and short stories from the expansive backlists of both imprints.  The series has already featured original stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alexander McCall Smith, Martin Walker and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow; and topical backlist from Robert A. Caro, Peter Mayle, Lorrie Moore, and James Baldwin.

 ABOUT VINTAGE/ANCHOR BOOKS: Vintage Anchor Books is a division of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Random House, Inc. Known as an industry-leading paperback publisher, its roster of authors includes Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown, Alice Munro, Richard Russo, Jon Krakauer, Jhumpa Lahiri, Paulo Coelho, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, Raymond Chandler, and Dave Eggers, among others.