Today, we live off of recommendations – some algorithmic, like Netflix and Pandora – others social, like Twitter and Facebook feeds. But when it comes to literature, especially short stories, it can be difficult to wade through the plethora of good writing. Lit recommendations can be hard to come by, unless you want to spend more time reading reviews and less time reading prose. Enter Connu, a new app that curates short stories by some of the best contemporary writers.
Every day, the app provides a new short story from emerging writers as recommended by trusted scribes, such as David Sedaris and Joyce Carol Oates. These stories are never-before-published works and the app provides stories from more known names, as well as their protegés. Users are given the choice of reading or listening to their selected story.
“All the writers we discover come through recommendation,” explains co-founder Susannah Luthi. “Mentorship and artistic communities have always been so important to the making of literature, and we want to recreate that in the app and then invite readers in.”
The motivation behind Connu was to create a social hub around stories, say the founders:
We created Connu because we wanted a way to navigate the intimidating contemporary lit scene. As readers and writers ourselves, we felt disconnected from what’s happening around the country. What we dreamed up was a hub where short stories would feel personal, exciting, and real; where anyone could come and easily slip into reading (and listening to) fresh, original writing.
Connu is currently available in the iTunes App store in beta.