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 Thief. Baxter reads from that and from his 2011 collection Gryphon: New and Selected Stories.
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