January 2011 Archives
Congratulations to Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing Charles Baxter, whose book Gryphon: New and Selected Stories received a lead review in the New York Times Book Review January 16. The reviewer, Joyce Carol Oates, writes, "Beneath the shadowless equanimity of Norman Rockwell's America . . . Baxter evokes something like the chilling starkness and human isolation of the work of Edward Hopper." Baxter talks about the new collection January 28 at 3 pm in Lind 207A.
Seven Department of English professors received $5000 Imagine Fund Awards for 2011. The Imagine Fund is a unique University of Minnesota system-wide program open to humanities, arts, and design faculty to support a range of projects and enhance the presence of these disciplines at the university. Congratulations to Timothy Brennan, Maria Damon, Qadri Ismail, Paula Rabinowitz, Jani Scandura, Omise'eke Tinsley, and John Wright.
Professor of English Emerita Toni McNaron will lead a six-session monthly book club at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with the focus, appropriately, on garden plots (that is, plots involving gardens). The Minneapolis Star Tribune features an interview with McNaron, who notes, "When you say 'garden,' white Western culture thinks of Eden. The garden is a mythic, iconic place." Authors will include Hawthorne, Silko, and Woolf, among others.