Novelist Charles Baxter to Give Reading at Williams

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 8, 2001–Noted novelist and short story writer Charles Baxter will read from his fiction on Monday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3.

Baxter is the author of three novels; the most recent is “The Feast of Love.” He is also the author of a number of short story collections, including “Through the Safety Net” and “Harmony of the World,” and a book of essays.

Following the tradition of Joyce, Chekhov and O’Connor, Baxter believes “that fiction doesn’t need to be about extraordinary things. It could be about ordinary lives.” Having spent time as a fourth grade teacher in Michigan and taught for 14 years at Wayne State University in Detroit, the “ordinary lives” of his students, their families and the communities has become an integral part of Baxter’s fiction.

The author has said, “I like novels that stop to tell individual stories, novels that slow down, novels that can pause long enough in the middle to give you, for example, a cure for dandruff or a recipe for beef burgundy.”