National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter to read from his works Nov.17

National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter to read from his works Nov. 17

Athens, Ga. – Author Charles Baxter will read from his work on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at CINÉ theater in downtown Athens. The reading is sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Creative Writing Program and the Leighton Ballew Lecture Fund; it is free and open to the public.

Baxter is the author of The Soul Thief, published this September by Pantheon. His novel The Feast of Love (Pantheon/Vintage) was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2000 and has been made into a film by Robert Benton and starring Morgan Freeman. He has published three other novels, Saul and Patsy, First Light and Shadow Play, as well as four books of stories, most recently Believers, published by Pantheon in hardback and Vintage in paperback. He has published essays on fiction in the collections Burning Down the House (Graywolf) and Beyond Plot and has edited or co-edited three books of essays, The Business of Memory (Graywolf), Bringing the Devil to His Knees (University of Michigan Press), and A William Maxwell Portrait (W. W. Norton).

Baxter’s book of poems, Imaginary Paintings, was published by Paris Review Editions. He also edited Best New American Voices 2001 (Harcourt). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Harper’s, among other journals and magazines, and his fiction has been widely anthologized and has been translated into ten languages.

Baxter served as judge for the Bakeless Prize in Fiction in 2004. He is the recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix St. Valentine in France, and the Catalan Booksellers’ Association Award for book of the year in Spain.

Born in Minneapolis in 1947, Baxter graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in 1969 and received a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974. Baxter taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and now lives in Minneapolis where he is currently the Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota.

CINÉ is located at 234 W. Hancock Avenue. For more information on the Creative Writing Program at UGA, see www.english.uga.edu/creative/.