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Award-winning writer on the trials and tribulations of being a substitute teacher

A teacher writes on a blackboard in front his class.
A teacher writes on a blackboard in front his class.

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Nicholson Baker knows a lot about writing. He is the author of multiple books of fiction and nonfiction, and has won many writing awards.

But what Baker didn’t know about was what it meant to be a substitute teacher.  That changed in 2014, when he decided into that line of work. One of the results is his new book, “Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids,” which documents his sometimes joyous, sometimes frustrating, experiences in the classroom.

Nicholson Baker will be talking about his book, “Substitute,” at the following events:

Wednesday, September 14
Los Angeles, CA (Claremont)
Scripps College Presents
Balch Auditorium
In conversation with Jonathan Lethem

Friday, September 16
Los Angeles, CA
Writers Bloc Presents
Goethe Institut
In conversation with Jeff Hobbs


Nicholson Baker, author of ten novels and five works of nonfiction, including his latest, “Substitute” (Blue Rider Press, 2016). He is the recipient of many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Hermann Hesse Prize