Charles Boyer

Author Charles M. Boyer to Present a Reading of His Works on Nov. 15

Award-winning novelist to read in Kauke Tower at The College of Wooster

10 November, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster welcomes novelist Charles M. Boyer to campus for a reading on Wednesday, Nov. 15. This event is free and open to the public and will begin at 4 p.m. in room 305 of Kauke Hall (400 East University St.). Refreshments will be available.

Boyer's novel, "History's Child," won the 2017 Great Lakes College's Association New Writers Award for Fiction, awarded each year to an emerging writer for a first published volume of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, nominated by publishers from throughout the United States. Judges are professors of literature and writers in residence from GLCA colleges.

In "History's Child," Boyer tells the coming-of-age story of Tadek Gradinski, who living in a small village in eastern Poland comes to witness the numerous crimes and atrocities of World War II. One of this year's judges describes Boyer's writing as "lucid" and his characters "compelling." "Boyer reveals what it means to remain a moral human being in the face of totalitarian power and brutality," the judge writes. "This is a novel that reminds us of the power of fiction to teach us empathy."

According to Midwest Book Review, "History's Child is one of those saga-length novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf." Mary Gaitskill, author of the book's forward, comments on its current relevance: "[History's Child] is also very much about the people anywhere and everywhere trying to maintain humanity however they can in a world of gross power and abuse. As such it is something that 'we' as citizens of what is still the most powerful country in the world, would do well to pay attention to."

Boyer teaches English and humanities at Montserrat College of Art. He has published short stories and poems in The Atlanta Review, Abraxas, and Literal Latte. "History's Child" is his first published book.

Additional information about the reading is available by email at or by calling 330-263-2575.