The fall 2010 edition of as if stories, an ongoing series of readings of short stories by Maine writers performed by Maine actors, will take place Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. The evening will feature two compelling stories: “God Is Dead” by Ron Currie, Jr., read by Tom Maycock; and “Elwood’s Last Job” by Elaine Ford, read by Lisa Goodridge.

Currie is the author of the novel “Everything Matters,” named one of the Best Five Books to Share with Friends by National Public Radio; and a collection of stories, “God Is Dead,” which won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. He was born and raised in Waterville, where he still lives.

Maycock has performed with the Belfast Maskers and played The Old Man in Yeats’ “Purgatory” at the Loeb Theater in Cambridge, Mass. He hails from New York, but has lived in Belfast for 30 years. His day (and night) job is as a family doctor.

Ford is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories, “The American Wife,” for which she received the Michigan Literary Fiction Award. She is professor emerita at the University of Maine, where she taught creative writing and literature. She lives in Harpswell.

Goodridge has performed with the Belfast Maskers, the Assembled Players and the improv group Playing in Traffic. She had a radio astrology spot on WABK in Gardiner for 10 years and has taught French to adults and children for more than 40 years, currently at the Appleton Village School. She lives in Appleton.

The mission of as if stories is to showcase the work of Maine writers – the known, the lesser known, and the great unknown — by bringing their stories to life in live readings by Maine actors. Everyone is invited join the series’ growing and enthusiastic audience, meet writers, hear their stories and surround themselves with engaging art and stimulating conversation. Suggested donation is $7 and includes light refreshments.

For more information, call 338-0001; visit aarhusgallery.com; or stop between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.