Donald Barthelme, 10th Annual ODU Literary Festival

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Featured Participant

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Mills Godwin Life Sciences Auditorium; Newport News Room, Webb Center

Author/Artist Bio

Donald Barthelme's stories, most very short, have changed the nature of American fiction. Pointed humor, articulate understatement, and absurd juxtapositions require readers to rethink common assumptions and to abandon cherished complacencies. Most readers will recognize him as a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He has published over a dozen book-length collections of fiction, and won many major honors, including the National Book Award. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Mr. Barthelme divides his time between New York and Texas, where he teaches at the University of Houston.

Booklist: Come Back, Dr. Caligari; Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts; City Life; Sadness; Guilty Pleasures; Amateurs; Great Days; Overnight to Many Distant Cities; Sixty Stories; Collected Stories; Snow White; The Dead Father; Paradise.


Donald Barthelme opened the Literary Festival with a reading from new and published work at 8 p.m., Sunday, October 4, in Mills Godwin Auditorium.

He also gave a talk entitled "Not Knowing" at 11 a.m., Monday, October 5, in the Newport News Room, Webb Center.


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