Hi Everyone,

“Let’s Deconstruct a Story” is a podcast where we read and discuss one short story with the author. For this episode, please read or listen to the audio recording of “Shape-Ups at Delilah’s” in The New Yorker.

This is part of a series of “Let’s Deconstruct a Story” podcasts offered in collaboration with the Grosse Pointe Public Library in Michigan. The GPPL has committed to purchasing ten books by each author this season to give to their patrons! If you are a short story writer who has tried to make money in this game then you know what a big deal their support is for us! My hope is that other libraries will follow the GPPL’s lead and be inspired to buy books by these talented short story writers. I will be contacting many libraries this year to suggest this programming. Please feel free to do the same if you enjoy this podcast.

This podcast is also supported by Pages Bookshop in Detroit, and we would be extremely grateful if you purchased the book online through Pages here. Local bookstores won’t survive without help from customers like you!

“Let’s Deconstruct a Story” is available on six platforms. Please listen to the podcast on your preferred platform or on Anchor or Spotify below:



Coming up next on “Let’s Deconstruct a Story.”

July 15th: Maurine Ogbaa, “Goodbye.”

August 1st: Lydia Conklin in discussion with Lillian Li recorded LIVE at Pages Bookshop in Detroit on June 24, 2022. Please read “Sunny Talks” from her new collection, Rainbow Rainbow or in One Story magazine.

August 15th: Selena Anderson, “Godmother Tea.”

See you on July 15th. Enjoy your summer!



Photograph by Rebecca Aranda / Courtesy Rion Amilcar Scott



Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019), a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and winner of the 2020 Towson Prize for Literature. His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His work has been published in places such as The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, Best Small Fictions 2020 and The Rumpus, among others. His story, “Shape-ups at Delilah’s” was published in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University where he won the Mary Roberts Rinehart award, a Completion Fellowship and an Alumni Exemplar Award. He has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writing Conference, Kimbilio and the Colgate Writing Conference as well as a 2019 Maryland Individual Artist Award. Presently he teaches Creative Writing at the University of Maryland.

Find him on Twitter and Instagram: @ReeAmilcarScott

Purchase Rion Amilcar Scott’s books on Amazon or Bookshop.