Address and Public Reading
Alpha of Florida - Phi Beta Kappa
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
Time and Place to be announced.
Dan Chaon, National Book Award nominee and recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, will be coming to Florida State University to address Alpha of Florida - Phi Beta Kappa and give a public reading from his work. For more information on Dan Chaon, look over the information below on biography and his work.
About Dan Chaon
Dan Chaon's books include the novel You Remind Me of Me, a national bestseller, and two collections of short stories Fitting Ends and Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His books have been among the ten best books of the year by the American Library Association, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Book Review.
Chaon's stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies including Best American Short Stories of 1996 and 2003, The Pushcart Prize 2000, 2002, and 2003, and the O. Henry Prize Stories, 2001. His fiction has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction in 2002 and 2007.
He is, most recently, the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Chaon is the Irvin E. Houck Associate Professor of the Humanities at Oberlin College.
PRAISE for Among the Missing:
"One of the best short story writers around . . . Dan Chaon's stories are funny, heartbreaking, beautifully written, and intelligently conceived."
–LORRIE MOORE, author of Birds of America
"An important collection of stories; a genuine literary accomplishment."
–HA JIN, National Book Award-winning author
"With a story like ['Big Me'] from the marvelous writer Dan Chaon, I am confronted not only with an unfathomable mystery such as that of the endurance of a single human identity over time, but also with new proof of the enduring value of telling tales in the ongoing struggle to understand those mysteries."
–MICHAEL CHABON, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
PRAISE for You Remind Me of Me:
"You Remind Me of Me is one of the strangest, most beautiful, most compelling books I've read in a long time. Unnerving and real, intricately plotted, wonderfully written, it's a Chinese box of a novel, full of hidden pleasures and surprises."
—ELIZABETH MCCRACKEN, author of The Giant's House
and Niagara Falls All Over Again
"[A] piercingly poignant tale of fate, chance, and search for redemption."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One of Dan Chaon's many gifts is his ability to probe deeply and delicately into sorrow. This gift serves him beautifully in You Remind Me of Me, a novel about adoption, about the quiet sadness that lies at the bottom of all his characters' troubles."
—JANE HAMILTON, author of A Map of the World
"Dan Chaon's beautiful, effortless prose commands the reader from sentence one, steering us from prickling unease to wrenching pathos, tunneling inside his characters' minds and worlds with such authority that everything else seems to disappear. It's almost frightening to be in the hands of so gifted a writer."
—JENNIFER EGAN, author of Look at Me and The Invisible Circus
"Beautiful, painful, and sure footed, You Remind Me of Me tracks the delicate connections between a handful of lost and poignant lives, in the process giving them the radiance of a stained-glass window. What a writer. Dan Chaon is going to have a breathtaking literary career."
—PETER STRAUB, author of lost boy lost girl
"Dan Chaon's novel, You Remind Me of Me, is nothing short of brilliant. The novel is haunting me, and I can't stop thinking about it—both as a reader and as a deeply admiring writer. I wish I had a better adjective than superb."
—CAROLINE LEAVITT, author of Girls in Trouble
INTERVIEWS with Dan Chaon:
READ Dan Chaon's work here:
(this story won an O. Henry Award)