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Charles Baxter

Fiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20141114, 20140613

Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter has never shied away from writing about the Midwest. In this interview in front of an audience at the Kansas City Public Library, he reveals some of his motivations for writing short stories and novels. As the fall 2013 Cockefair Chair Writer-in-Residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he also shares advice for burgeoning writers, and talks about the real life inspiration for his 2008 novel, The Soul ThiefBaxter reads from that and from his 2011 collection Gryphon: New and Selected Stories.

| Subject Matter: Staging, Subtext, Memory, The Midwest | Interview Year: 2013 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: Michigan Author Award, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada |

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