"A Conversation with Minnesota Writer Charles Baxter"
Nationally-renowned writer Charles Baxter, former Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, will read from and discuss his just-released novel, The Sun Collective (Pantheon). The novel, Baxter's sixth, introduces the reader to compelling characters who struggle to make sense of a disorienting world and--against the backdrop of the Twin Cities--to form meaningful relationships and communities. Kirkus Reviews praises Baxter for the "gurus and charlatans and other responses to hunger, homelessness, destitution, and simpler woes. Skepticism vies with hope, fanaticism with fantasy." English Professor and novelist Julie Schumacher will moderate this reading and conversation.
Presented by The Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Baxter is the author of seven story collections including There’s Something I Want You to Do (Pantheon, 2015), which won the Minnesota Book Award for fiction. His six novels include the National Book Award finalist The Feast of Love (2000)—made into a movie in 2007. Among Baxter's many writing awards are the Award of Merit in the Short Story and the Award in Literature, both from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Rea Award in the Short Story. Baxter is equally acclaimed for his essays on the writing craft: the classic Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction, as well as The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot, which won the 2008 Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction. Baxter was the series editor for The Art of ... series of books with Graywolf Press, and editor of Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life and other volumes.
The Star Tribune recently featured an interview with Baxter about The Sun Collective.