|Walter also spoke with students in Professor Warren Rosenberg's Introduction to Fiction literature course. 'The class has been studying some of the greatest short stories ever written, works by Hawthorne, Willa Cather, and Ernest Hemingway,' Professor Rosenberg said. 'We've been intently discussing and debating their meanings and techniques. But of course we couldn't talk to these writers about how and why they wrote their stories. But when we read Jess Walter's wonderful story 'Thief,' the students were excited to be able to engage the author in a discussion of his own story.'