Sampler: Fifty Short Stories

Sampler: Fifty Short Stories

THE BOOK: Sampler: Fifty Short Stories

PUBLISHED IN: October 2019

THE AUTHOR: Don Tassone

THE EDITOR: Stevan Nikolic

THE PUBLISHER: Adelaide Books

SUMMARY: The 50 stories in this collection are wide-ranging. Some are serious, oth-ers light. Most are gentle, but a few are disquieting. There is fantasy, spirituality and politics here. Many of these stories are slices of life. Most are short. All are an invita-tion to think more deeply.

THE BACK STORY: Most story collections have a theme. But stories come from our experiences, and our experiences are diverse. So why limit a collection of stories to just one theme?

WHY THIS TITLE: This is an eclectic assortment of stories. One story is even a prose poem. The final story is non-fiction. “Sampler” seemed to fit.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: We’re all busy these days, but we all love a good story. Most of the stories in Sampler are short. I created this collection with busy people in mind.


“If there were ever any doubts as to whether Don Tassone could make a successful tran-sition from corporate exec to creative storyteller, he’s put them to rest. In Sampler, Tas-sone glides effortlessly between humor and melancholy, politics and romance, sharing his wisdom through the vessel of narrative. Contemporary anecdotes like “A Little More Conversation” contrast with timeless ones like “Barefoot,” yet all 50 short stories in this collection share a common bond: they stimulate the mind.”  — Dominic Vaiana, writer, marketer.

AUTHOR PROFILE: Don Tassone is the author of a novel, Drive, and three short story collections: Sampler, Get Back and Small Bites. His fourth story collection, New Twists, will be published in October 2020. He lives in Loveland, Ohio and teaches at Xavier University.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: I write as an invitation to think and feel more deeply. I hope the stories in Sampler do that.


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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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