The monthly broadcast of the as if stories series continues Thursday, May 3 at 10 a.m. on WERU, 89.9 FM. Dennis Harrington will read the title tale of Jim Nichols’ “Slow Monkeys and Other Stories” collection. The story, along with interviews with the writer and performer, also can be heard on 99.9 FM in Bangor and, for those outside of WERU’s listening area, online at

Nichols, who lives in Warren, has published work in many venues including Esquire, Zoetrope ASE, Narrative, Night Train, The Clackamas Review, American Fiction Vol. 9 and Portland Monthly. He has won the Willamette Fiction Prize and a River City Writing Award. “Slow Monkeys” also appeared in “Contemporary Maine Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories” (Down East Books). His novel “Hull Creek” was published last year by Down East Books.

Belfast resident Harrington has performed in more than 200 plays with the Belfast Maskers, New Surry Theatre, TheatreArtsWorks in Camden and the Waterville Opera House; and has read for Audio Bookshelf on National Public Radio. He also has sung (group and solo) on a variety of Maine stages and once sung lead with The Persuasions.

The as if series of stories, originally performed live at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast, is broadcast on the first Thursday of every month on WERU. Most of the programs will be available in the WERU archives on the station’s website. For more information about the broadcasts, contact Jim Campbell at with “as if stories” in the subject line.

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