Live to Tell: Six Award-Winning Tales

Brandon Spars

Live to Tell explores the art and craft of storytelling in such a way that readers can appreciate the dynamic between the written page and the live stage. The scripts for six award-winning tales are anthologized in this collection, with links to live performances from storytelling competitions, including The Moth StorySLAM. Additionally, Live to Tell brings storytelling into the ESL, high school, and college classroom, providing excellent opportunities to learn spoken English and reflect on the elements that make up a lively tale told in an animated way. This collection will inspire students and storytellers alike to bring their own personal narratives to life--and possibly even to the stage.

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Brandon Spars

Brandon Spars lived and traveled in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands for six years before earning a Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California/Berkeley. Since then, he has taught high school and college for more than twenty years.

The classroom has always been Brandon's storytelling lab, where loud booms, bellows, whoops, and thumps are frequently heard. Two years ago, he took his stories outside the classroom to compete in events like the Moth StorySLAM. He won the Moth GrandSLAM in San Francisco in April 2016 with his story "Leaps," included in this volume. Brandon lives with his wife and two children in Santa Rosa, California.

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