Nicholson Baker is a novelist and essayist, the author of the acclaimed novels The Mezzanine, Room Temperature and Vox, among others; his most recent book, The Anthologist, has been praised as “startlingly perceptive and ardent” by the New York Times Book Review. Baker earned the National Book Critics Circle Award for his nonfiction book Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, and the Los Angeles Times called his pacifist manifesto Human Smoke “one of the most important books you will ever read.” For his activist work surrounding issues of text preservation he was honored with the James Madison Freedom of Information Award. He lives in Maine.
Baker read from his work on February 24, 2011, in Cornell’s Goldwin Smith Hall. This interview took place earlier the same day.