Corey Mesler's Wish List



"This was the book that the literary world had been waiting for. It was an answer to questions we didn't even dare ask, questions we didn't know needed asking." — from "Publisher," a short story inside Memphian Corey Mesler's new collection of short stories, Notes Toward the Story & Other Stories (Aqueous Books).

He's been recently interviewed here, here, and here. What hasn't Corey Mesler been asked in an interview — ever? The author answered:

"I've never been asked who I want to star in a movie made from any of my books or what director. Here are my ready-made answers: Hope Davis; Campbell Scott; Emily Mortimer; Carey Mulligan; Rebecca Hall; Jake Gyllenhaal; Maggie Gyllenhaal; Peter Sarsgaard; Emma Stone; Paul Giamatti; Casey Affleck; Scarlett Johannson; and Martin Donovan. Directed by: Richard Linklater; Steven Soderbergh; Gus Van Sant; Sofia Coppola; Whit Stillman; or Hal Hartley."

Note to any or all of the above: If you'd like to reach Corey Mesler directly, tomorrow's a good time to do it. He'll be signing and reading from Notes Toward the Story & Other Stories and his poetry collection, Before the Great Troubling, at Burke's Book Store, the store he co-owns with his wife, Cheryl, on Thursday, September 15th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The reading begins at 6 p.m. Plus, Mesler will be signing his new chapbook, The Heart Is Open.

Further note to any or all of the above: If you need a full list of Mesler's work, here goes.

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