Department of English

Dan Chaon

October 13, 2009

Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library, 4:30 p.m.

Dan Chaon, born and raised in Sidney, Nebraska, is the author of the short-story collections Fitting Ends and Other Stories (Northwestern UP, 1996; reprinted by Ballantine, 2003) and Among the Missing (Ballantine, 2002) which was a finalist for the National Book Award. It was listed as one of the ten best books of 2001 by the American Library Association, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Las Vegas Mercury, and Entertainment Weekly and was also cited by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, and The New York Times as one of the Notable Books of the year. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Best American Short Stories 1996 and 2003, The Pushcart Prize 2000, 2002, and 2003, as well as such noteworthy literary journals as TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, Crazyhorse, Gettysburg Review, MSS, Story, Helicon, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Chaon�s first novel, You Remind Me of Me, was released in 2004 and praised by Publishers Weekly for its �elegant prose, haunting plot and knockout literary excellence.� His most recent novel, Await Your Reply, has recently been published by Ballantine Books. Chaon currently teaches creative writing at Oberlin College, where he holds the position of Houck Associate Professor in the Humanities.

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