Calvin Baker - Picador Guest Professor in the summer semester 2013
Calvin Baker was born in Chicago in 1972 and studied English at Amherst College. His first novel Naming the New World (1998), which was also translated into German, was elected Notable First Novel by Time Magazine in 1998. Baker’s third novel Dominion (2006) was a New York Magazine Critic’s Pick for Best Books of the Decade. In 2017 Baker teamed with Peck and publisher John Oakes to relaunch the Evergreen Review, the literary journal founded by Barney Rosset. In 2020 Baker published his first nonfiction book A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and the Future of America. Baker has taught in Columbia University and given a Picador reading at the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig.