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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Blackstone  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1977 in Chicago, Illinpois

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Illinois Connection

Blackstone was born, raised and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Blackstone is an author, editor and playwright. He has written the Chicago-based novel ''The Week You Weren't Here'' and co-edited the anthology ''The Art of Friction''. His plays ''Rogers Party'' and ''Corked'' have been produced by Chicago-area theater companies. His short fiction has appeared in ''Esquire'', ''Bridge'', and ''The Journal of Experimental Fiction''. He has also contributed to '''' and ''Modern Luxury''. Blackstone and his wife, master sommelier and host of WTTW's ''Check, Please!'' Alpana Singh are planning on resurrecting the booze-and-book-infused ''Bookslut'' reading series when she opens a new restaurant, ''The Boarding House'', in River North in late summer 2012. They reside in downtown Chicago.


University of Colorado Barker Award

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

The Week You Weren't Here
ISBN: 9781480425811. OCLC Number: 907451036

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THE WEEK YOU WEREN'T HERE is a poignant and wry portrait of a young writer closing in on the last of his undergraduate days. Charles Blackstone's prose is a seamless match for Hunter's fragmented stream-of-consciousness. From encounters with the persistent stalker Kate, to the elusive Dewey, and the surprisingly independent sorority girl, Lila, Hunter exemplifies our longing for the defining moment--as fragile and quixotic a dream as life itself.

Vintage attraction.
ISBN: 1605986291. OCLC Number: 870098430

Pegasus Books,. .

A young English teacher falls glass-first into a love affair - and the world of wine - when he meets a famous and enchanting sommelier.