Nicholson Baker is the Spring 2021 Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer-in-Residence at Colby College. He is the author of seventeen books, among them The Mezzanine, Human Smoke, The Anthologist, and Substitute. He’s written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The New York Review of Books. His newest book, Baseless: My Search for Secrets Among the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act, was published in July 2020. He has received a National Book Critics Circle award, a James Madison Freedom of Information Award, the Herman Hesse Prize, and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1999, Baker and his wife, Margaret Brentano (co-author with Baker of The World on Sunday, 2005), founded the American Newspaper Repository in order to save a large collection of U.S. newspapers listed for auction by the British Library, including a priceless run of Joseph Pulitzer's influential daily, the New York World. In 2004 the Repository’s holdings became a gift to Duke University. Baker and Brentano live on the Penobscot River in Maine.
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