Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme
September 18, 2009
Author Tracy Daugherty discusses Hiding Man, his new biography of Donald Barthelme, on Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Barthelme, who came to prominence as the leader of the postmodern movement, was a fixture at The New Yorker, publishing more than 100 short stories, for which he earned acclaim as an innovator of the short story form.
His stories were more compact than traditional short stories, often focusing on a particular incident rather than complete narratives. Many of his stories featured fictional and popular characters in unusual situations. One such story, Me and Miss Mandible, is the story of a 35-year-old sent to elementary school by a clerical error.
Barthelme also produced four novels – Snow White, The Dead Father, Paradise, and The King – characterized by the same postmodern style as his short stories.
Daugherty is currently a professor of English at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
The event is the first in the 2009-10 Writers at Work series organized by Kansas City novelist Whitney Terrell and co-sponsored by Chris Davis and the English Department at UMKC.
Admission is free. A 6:30 p.m. reception precedes the event. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.