The as if stories series of live readings of short stories by Maine writers performed by Maine actors will be broadcast on WERU radio (89.9 FM in the Midcoast area, 99.9 FM in Bangor) on the first Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. beginning Nov. 3. Those outside WERU’s broadcast area can listen online at

The readings, performed live at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast, include “The Blender” by Martha Fenton, performed by Beverly Mann; “The Reach” by Stephen King, performed by Helen York and Bonnie VersbenCoer with musical accompaniment by Doug Ludwig; “Officer Friendly” by Lewis Robinson, performed by Nathan Raleigh; and many others. For those who miss the first Thursday broadcasts, most of the programs will be available in the WERU archives on the station’s website.

For more information about the broadcasts, contact with “as if stories” in the subject line.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to