NPR’s Three Minute Fiction and Spring Reading Recommendations


Leave a message after the beep… Make it 600 words or less. That’s the prompt NPR’s Three Minute Fiction gave listeners for Round 10 of their popular flash fiction writing contest. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Guy Raz, former host of Weekend All Things Considered and current host of the TED Radio Hour. Three Minute Fiction is Raz’s brainchild, and during the first half of this show, he tells us how surprised he is by the continued popularity of the contest and what his favorite stories are.

Then during the second half of the hour, we’ll talk with Kelly Strom. She manages adult fiction at the Champaign Public Library and will tell us more about new fiction titles for this spring.

Kelly Strom's Reading List

Women's Fiction:
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

For the Men:
If You Were Here by Alafair Burke
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Son by Philipp Meyer
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Joyland by Stephen King
Red Moon by Benjamin Percy