With more than a dozen critically acclaimed publications to his credit, Charles Baxter has built a name for himself as one of the great voices of American literature. Baxters best known work is The Feast of Love: A Novel (2001), a novel that was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001 and adapted for the screen in 2007 in a film starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear. Baxters most recent novel is The Soul Thief, published in 2008, a generically indefinable mixture of the comedy-of-manners and the metaphysical thriller, with a long penultimate sequence set in Southern California.
In addition to four other novels, Baxter is the author of four previous short story collections, three poetry collections and two books of essays, as well as numerous edited anthologies. He has received honors ranging from the Guggenheim Fellowship to the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
Also a beloved teacher who has inspired generations of young writers, Baxter taught for many years at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan before moving in 2003 to the University of Minnesota, where he currently holds the Edelstein-Keller professorship and teaches in the MFA program in creative writing.