Award-winning author to read at Marietta College Jan. 18

Author Dan Chaon, whose novel "Await Your Reply" was called one of the 10 best books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly, is reading from his work at Marietta College on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Chaon, who has taught creative writing at Oberlin College since 1998, will begin his reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Room of Andrews Hall. The event, which is hosted by the English Department, is free and open to the public.

His books will be available for purchase, and a reception and book signing will follow the reading. Earlier in the day, he will speak to creative writing students.

“ ‘Await Your Reply’ is a riveting thriller, chock-full of plot twists, and a sober meditation on the erosion of identity in the age of technology…. the book itself will, and should, endure. It’s a jolt of adrenaline with a strong dose of existential dread, an eerie snapshot of what we lose, and what we risk, when we turn away from those who love us,” said Steve Almond of the Los Angeles Times.

Chaon’s first novel was “You Remind Me of Me” (2004), but before that he published two short-story collections—“Fitting Ends” (1996) and “Among the Missing” (2001).

“Among the Missing” was a finalist for a National Book Award and was named one of the year’s 10 best books by the American Library Association. His short stories have won the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award.

In 2006, Chaon was awarded an Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Chaon has lived in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, since 1990. He writes occasional pieces about Cleveland and Ohio politics for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications.