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Francis Ford Coppola Unveils First-Ever Short Story Vending Machine in U.S.

Academy Award-winning director, producer, screenwriter and California vintner Francis Ford Coppola announced today that he will install the U.S.’s very first short story vending machine designed by Short Edition in San Francisco’s Café Zoetrope, his European-style North Beach cafe, on Tuesday, May 10.

Designed and launched by shortEdition, a French start-up company, the short story vending machines first debuted in the fall of 2015 in the French Alps, and quickly gained popularity and drew fascination from locals and visitors. The innovative machines combine the immediacy of on-demand technology with the timeless charm of storytelling. The machine is very straightforward and user-friendly.

Sure to be a global sensation, the machine is making its very first appearance in the States, and printing stories in English for the first time as well.

“This intriguing short story machine gives us a great opportunity to merge the innovation of today’s world with the nostalgic allure of classic manuscripts,” said Francis Ford Coppola. I'd like to see the city of San Francisco put them everywhere so that while waiting for a bus, or marriage license, or lunch, you could get an artistic lift free of charge.”

The Short Stories Distributor - At the push of a button, a user is able to print a story to read and keep - free of charge.

Shortly after the machine’s unveiling, Coppola’s acclaimed literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, plans to invite writers to submit their own short stories to Coppola’s online writing workshop, the Virtual Studio (, where the editors will review each submission, select the best of them, and – with the respective writers’ permissions – add these stories to the machine. The goal will be to update the machine with new content on a seasonal basis throughout the year. In February, Zoetrope: All-Story won the 2016 National Magazine Award for fiction, the highest honor due an American periodical, over fellow finalists The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine. This year marks the third time the magazine has received this prestigious award.

The short story vending machine will be unveiled on Tuesday, May 10, during Café Zoetrope’s traditional Tavola - Tasting Event, Art Show & Live Music evening, an authentic Italian dining experience featuring an array of special culinary delights, complemented by live music, local art and hand-crafted wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Guests will have the opportunity to experience the short story machine firsthand, while enjoying an evening of festivities.