'Today Book Club' Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

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On Wednesday, May 7, John Updike chose Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer (Riverhead) as the 11th selection to be read by the "Today Book Club."

Locales in this debut collection of eight stories, featuring mostly young African Americans, include a Girl Scout camp, the Million Man March on Washington, Japan, and, of course, elsewhere.

Packer's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Story, and several anthologies -- including The Best American Short Stories 2000. Packer is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award.