West Chester Story Slam Anthology to be published November, 2014

unnamedOermead Press is thrilled to be publishing the anthology West Chester Story Slam Selected Stories – 2010-2014  this November. The anthology will feature forty stories told during the first five seasons of the West Chester Storytelling event. The anthology is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, November 11th, the same day as the West Chester Story Slam’s 5th Annual Grand Slam, which is the culmination of another sold out season.

Stories included in the anthology include: Ad Man Eli Silberman’s “Release the Condor” Story, Terry Heyman’s classic “Ordinary People” story of her brief fling with Timothy Hutton, Luanne Sims’ “Adult Diaper Changes” story, and Michael Gleason’s “Bad News Bears” story.  The forty stories were chosen by West Chester Story Slam Founder Jim Breslin and edited to retain the feeling of the original live presentation.

“We’ve heard over five hundred stories over the first five years,” says Jim Breslin. “It wasn’t easy, but I chose stories that resonated with me, and asked the authors if they would like to contribute.” Authors submitted their written versions and shaped them to feel live while cleaning up and editing where needed. “For those who attended the story slams, they’ll enjoy revisiting the classics told through the years. For those who have never attended the live events, this anthology will make for a great introduction to live storytelling.”

West Chester Story Slam Selected Stories 2010-2014 will be available at the Grand Slam on November 11th at the Chester County Historical Society, and will also be available at Chester County Book Company, Oxford’s BookPlace, IndieBound, and Amazon. If your store is interested in selling copies, contact us at oermeadpress@aol.com.

Early blurbs for the back cover include:

“The West Chester Story Slam is a mix of brilliant comedic awesomeness and Philly sport fan-style rowdiness.” – Steve Clark, Two-time “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia”

“The live stories are heartbreaking and hilarious. West Chester Story Slam is a great night out for anyone who loves a good story.” – Kelly Simmons, author of The Bird House

“West Chester Story Slam is a fun live event powered by impressive story tellers. Drawing on real-life experiences, these insightful, often funny tales move with all the smooth speed of the best short fiction.” – John Dixon, author of Phoenix Island

“West Chester Story Slam is just one more reason to love life in the borough.” – West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta