An Indiana native with a deep, imaginative attachment to his birthplace, Michael Martone writes playful prose that resists category. Hes an experimental writer, a formalist who traces his literary lineage to John Barth. His agreeable Midwestern voice lures readers to a realm where he slyly juggles fiction, memoir and philosophical speculation. In his 2005 book, Michael Martone, he toyed with identity, presenting a slew of fictional selves through the mundane medium of contributors notes. He indulged a fascination with the concept of place in The Flatness and Other Landscapes (2003), and in his fantasy travel book, The Blue Guide to Indiana (2001). On this night, hell read from his most recent book, Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, which consists of short gems on everything from academic infighting to his eyeglasses.
Wed., March 31, 8 p.m., 2010