"Nothing's a joke with me," says a Lorrie Moore character in her story "The Jewish Hunter." "It just all comes out like one." Many have pointed out that this statement also seems to represent Moore. The popular author of short story collections including Self Help and Birds of America (which won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize), Moore is often known for her humor. But, as The New York Times Book Review put it, she "may be the chief contemporary chronicler of those whose dread makes them unable to turn off the laugh machine;" in other words, there's a lot more going on in Moore's work than comic relief. Her writing is fun to read, even when it's dark. There's a sense that you're listening to a friend, or, at least, that this person would understand you and your friends. Moore has just published her first collection of new stories, Bark, since 1998, and appears for a reading and conversation with Mona Simpson and Rick Kleffel as part of the City Arts & Lectures series.