Belonging: Short Stories from Pangyrus

Porter Square Books is delighted to host the anthology launch for Belonging: Short Stories from Pangyrus, an anthology of stories edited by Virginia Pye and Anne Bernays. Moderated by Pye and Bernays, the event will feature a reading of work by contributors E.C. Osondu, Erin Almond, Pamela Painter, Ann Russell, Catherine Elcik, and Joshua Shapiro. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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"Belonging: Short Stories from Pangyrus," edited by Virginia Pye and Anne Bernays, is a poignant collection exploring the sacrifices we make for acceptance.

It’s human nature to want to belong to something, to crave acceptance, but what form that acceptance takes looks different in each of the stories of Belonging. In this illuminating anthology, some stories reveal a secret wish for connection and others a dark fear of rejection. What do we sacrifice when we strive to fulfill our yearning in pursuit of belonging? A woman gets thin to make her family notice her. A teenage girl shoplifts with a friend for love and affirmation. Whether it’s an unflinching look at a soldier’s returning to a war-torn land determined to remember, or a tender examination of an elderly woman wandering the nighttime streets she can no longer remember, the tender and funny stories of Belonging raise our spirits while helping us to question any hope of ever finding the connections we so desperately want.

Contributors who will read at the launch include E.C. Osondu, Erin Almond, Pamela Painter, Ann Russell, Catherine Elcik, and Joshua Shapiro.


Pangyrus is a literary magazine that is dedicated to art, ideas, and making culture thrive. Our name is a portmanteau of pangea (the world continent) and gyrus (the folds on the cerebral cortex of the brain). Pangyrus is about connection. We bring readers to make unexpected connections across a wide range of ideas, genres, and geographies. All that is worthy of thought and consideration, you’ll find here.

The name’s echo of “papyrus” is deliberate: we engage with political and social issues, but edit for writing that will stand the test of time. Our hybrid publishing model—two to three posts per week online and two print editions a year—allows us the flexibility to publish topical opinion pieces and reviews alongside poetry, comics, memoir and fiction.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Belonging: Short Stories from Pangyrus By Virginia Pye (Editor), Anne Bernays (Editor), Erin Almond Cover Image
By Virginia Pye (Editor), Anne Bernays (Editor), Erin Almond
ISBN: 9798986243023
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Published: Pangyrus - March 18th, 2024


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