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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Blackstone  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1977 in Chicago, Illinpois



Illinois Connection

Blackstone was born, raised and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Blackstone is an author, editor and playwright. He has written the Chicago-based novel The Week You Weren't Here and co-edited the anthology The Art of Friction. His plays Rogers Party and Corked have been produced by Chicago-area theater companies. His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, Bridge, and The Journal of Experimental Fiction. He has also contributed to and Modern Luxury. Blackstone and his wife, master sommelier and host of WTTW's Check, Please! Alpana Singh are planning on resurrecting the booze-and-book-infused Bookslut reading series when she opens a new restaurant, The Boarding House, in River North in late summer 2012. They reside in downtown Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Week You Weren't Here
ISBN: 0972336346

Low Fidelity Press. 2005

During his final days as an undergraduate, a young writer prepares to leave family and friends but will not give up his pursuit of love and meaning.

Vintage Attraction: A Novel
ISBN: 1605984825

Pegasus Books. 2013

A young English teacher falls--glass first--into a love affair and the world of wine when he meets a famous and enchanting sommelier.
Before Peter Hapworth meets Izzy, he knows the difference between Pinot Noir and peanut butter, but that's about it. Lonely and frustrated with his academic career--as well as with dating--his life takes a sudden turn one night when he turns on the television. He's transfixed by the woman staring back at him, a glass of wine swirling delicately in her hand--Isabelle Conway, one of the preeminent sommeliers in the world. There's something about her. Somehow, he feels like he already knows her.
On a whim, he pitches himself as a guest on her popular TV show, and the two embark on a whirlwind courtship. But relationships require a delicate balance of nurturing and belief, much like winemaking. Hapworth and Izzy must navigate the complex mysteries of wine--and the heart--from glamorous social events and domestic tribulations in Chicago to the vineyards and rocky bluffs of Santorini in Greece.

Vintage Attraction is a

rich and insightful novel by an exciting, young literary talent.


-- University of Colorado Barker Award