Charles Johnson, 6th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Charles Johnson

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center; Kaufman Hall Auditorium

Author/Artist Bio

"Versatile" is an accurate word to describe Charles Johnson. He created, hosted, and coproduced the PBS series Charlie's Pad, is the author of the PBS Visions drama "Charlie Smith and the Fritter Free," and is a production and writer for the PBS series Up and Coming. Johnson is also the fiction editor of the Seattle Review and a professional cartoonist whose work has appeared in Ebony, Jet, and The Chicago Tribune. His short fiction has been widely published, most recently in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Johnson's first novel, Faith and the Good Thing, was called by the Washington Post a book "of rare eloquence and originality, a fable that entertains and informs." Oxherding Tale, his second novel, has been praised for being "a rich stew of savory language" (Bestsellers), "a comic metafiction reminisceht of John Barth and lshmael Reed" (Choice), and "a work of courage and compassion, virtuosity and intelligence" (The Village Voice). "Charles Johnson has enriched contemporary American fiction as few young writers can," the Voice concludes. On Wednesday morning Johnson will discuss screenwriting and answer questions from the audience. He will read his fiction on Wednesday evening.


Johnson read on Wednesday, October 5th, 1983 at 11:00 a.m. and at 8:00 p.m.


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