Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College, in Saint Paul. After completing graduate work in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught for several years at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1989, he moved to the Department of English at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor and its MFA program. He now teaches at the University of Minnesota.
A 2001 National Book Award finalist, Charles Baxter has been called by the Chicago Tribune, “one of our most gifted writers.” He has published three other novels, most recently the acclaimed Saul and Patsy, four books of stories, essays on fiction, collected in Burning Down the House, and has edited or co-edited two books of essays, The Business of Memory (published by Graywolf) and Bringing the Devil to His Knees (The University of Michigan Press). He also edited Best New American Voices 2001 (Harcourt). He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The New York Times said called The Feat of Love, "Extraordinary. . . The Feast of Love is as precise, as empathetic, as luminous as any of Baxter's past work. It is also rich, juicy, laugh-out-loud funny and completely engrossing. . . . As loose and supple as life itself."