Last year at the South End Library, Doug Bauer read two remarkable essays from the collection he was working on at the time, to be be published this fall. One described his observations when working as a volunteer at the Pine Street Inn; the other was a powerful recounting of returning to his mother's apartment in the Midwest after she had passed away. On Tuesday, April 16 Bauer will be back at the library and treat the audience to his completed work, What Happens Next?:Matters of Life and Death. The event starts at 6:30 PM.
Bauer has written three novels -- Dexterity, followed by The Very Air and The Book of Famous Iowans, both of which were named New York Times Notable Books. He’s also published two non-fiction books, Prairie City, Iowa and The Stuff of Fiction, and has edited two anthologies, Prime Times: Writers on Their Favorite Television Shows and Death by Pad Thai and Other Unforgettable Meals. His stories, essays and reviews have appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Sports Illustrated, Tin House, Agni, The Massachusetts Review, and many other magazines. He’s received grants in both fiction and creative non-fiction from The National Endowment for the Arts. He divides his time between Boston’s South End and rural Vermont, where he’s a Professor of Literature at Bennington College.
South End Writes audience members may remember Bauer from his graceful introductions earlier this year to readings by authors April Bernard (Miss Fuller) and Andre Dubus III (Townie). Copies of his books will be available for sale and borrowing at the event; Bauer's five favorite books are listed under The South End Reads, and are also on display in the library's Tremont Street window.