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Fiction Writer Charles Baxter Will Make Presentations March 28 And 30 As Rea Visiting Writer At U.Va.

March 7, 2000 -- Novelist and short-story writer Charles Baxter will be the Rea Visiting Writer in Fiction at the University of Virginia in March.

Baxter, author of the novels "Shadow Play" and "First Light" as well as several acclaimed story collections, will give an informal talk on the craft of fiction on Tuesday, March 28, and will read from his work on Thursday, March 30. Both events will be held at 8 p.m. at the University Bookstore.

One of the country’s leading contemporary fiction writers, Baxter has won numerous awards including a coveted O. Henry Prize for short fiction. He teaches in the MFA writing program at the University of Michigan.

His short story collections include "Harmony of the World," "Through the Safety Net," "A Relative Stranger" and "Believers." His stories have been frequently featured in the Best American Short Stories annual series.

Baxter is also the author of books of poetry, criticism and other writings, including a collection of essays on fiction, "Burning Down the House," that looks at the state of fiction and publishing today.

During his visit he will work with students in the U.Va. English Department’s Creative Writing Program. The Rea Visiting Writer Program is sponsored by the Dungannon Foundation and the Henry Hoyns Fund.

For additional information contact the U.Va. Creative Writing Program at (804) 924-6675.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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