3 to 5 with Charles Baxter

3 to 5 Questions for Authors:

In Which A Librarian asks a Talented Author a Small Number of Questions

We love Charles Baxter’s fiction, non-fiction and poetry and we extra-love that he has ties to Michigan where he directed the Creative Writing program at University of Michigan. He is a National Book Award finalist, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and was also a Michigan Author of the Year. You can check out his work here (may I recommend The Feast of Love to start?) and read his quick interview with us below:

Q: When did you first, without hesitation, call yourself a writer?
A:  When my first book, Harmony of the World, was published in 1984.
Q: Have you read anything lately that makes you think differently about fiction?
A: No. Once I reached middle age, I had a fairly clear idea about what fiction was and could do. Nothing that I’ve read lately has changed my view of that, fortunately or unfortunately.
Q: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
A: The unrelieved suffering of children and of animals.
Q: Anything unexpected in your reading pile?
 Thanks Mr. Baxter!

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