On the first day of fall, hundreds of writers in dozens of cities across the country will give public readings to raise money to fight hunger, homelessness and illiteracy.
In a related event here, English Profs. Charles M. Baxter, Nicholas F. Delbanco and Richard W. Tillinghast will read fiction and poetry at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Rackham Amphitheater. Admission to the reading is $8 for the general public, $5 for students, or whatever you can afford, according to organizers.
The U-M event will be held in conjunction with The National Reading: Writers Harvest for the Homeless organized by novelist Frederick Busch and coordinated by the Washington-based group Share our Strength.
Baxters fiction includes the novel First Light, short-story collections Relative Stranger and Through the Safety Net, as well as a book of poetry.
Delbanco, who directs the Hopwood Program, has written numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, literary criticism and travel narratives. His novels include Possession, Sherbrookes and Small Rain, and he is currently working on a historical novel.
Tillinghast has published several volumes of poetry, including Our Flag Was Still There and A Quiet Pint in Kinvara, and his works have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harpers and other magazines. A new volume of poems, The Stonecutters Hand, will be published next year.