You can make a case that the last, best time for American literature was the 1980s, when new writing — and the short story, in particular — went through a renaissance. Jayne Anne Phillips was at the cutting edge of that movement, and her first collection of stories, Black Tickets
, was essential reading. To find out what Phillips is writing now, go to the University of Indianapolis (1400 E. Hanna Ave.) March 6 at 7:30 p.m. Phillips will read and discuss her work in Good Hall. Admission is free. For more information, go to http://arts.uindy.edu or call 317-788-3373.