August 2: Charles Baxter Reading
Wonderlands: Essays on the Life of Literature by Charles Baxter
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Acclaimed novelist, short story writer, and essayist Charles Baxter will be in the store reading from his new collection of essays Wonderlands. We'll see you there!
Wonderlands: Essays on the Life of Literature
In his new collection of essays, some of which were first given as craft talks at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Charles Baxter shares years of wisdom on what makes fiction work. Baxter is equally at home tackling a thorny matter such as charisma (which intersects with political figures like the disastrous forty-fifth US president) as he is bringing new interest to subjects such as list-making in fiction. Ranging from brilliant thinking on the nature of wonderlands in the fiction of Haruki Murakami and other fabulist writers, to more intimate reflections on Baxter’s own life, including the story of a horrifying car crash and an introspective “letter to a young poet,” Wonderlands is an insightful and lasting work of criticism.
About The Author:
Charles Baxter is the author of fourteen books, most recently the novel The Sun Collective. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Minneapolis.
Praise for Charles Baxter
“[Baxter’s] terrific, dog-eared books on writing . . . might intimidate a lesser reviewer into feeling as
if he’d been asked to assess the light-saber technique of a Jedi master.”—The New York Times Book
Praise for Burning Down the House
“In nine brilliant essays, Baxter displays his characteristic wit and intelligence as he muses about the
influences of culture and politics on the art of storytelling.”—Ploughshares
“Mr. Baxter [has a] rare ability to gauge the capacities of fiction for conveying an image not only of
individual existence, but of the characteristic feel of a time, a culture, a way of life.”—The
Praise for The Sun Collective
“Fans may be surprised at the dark tenor of his latest novel, but Baxter—poet, essayist, and
National Book Award finalist for The Feast of Love—masterfully captures the zeitgeist of our
country as we navigate multiple crises, some he could never have predicted. This is truly a
compelling book for our times.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“The prose throughout is graceful, the writing perceptive, resonant, and deeply sympathetic . . . An
exceptional work.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review