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David Shields - 2013 / 2014 Steven Fisher Writer-in-Residence

When Nov 12, 2013
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-865-9126

David Shields is the author of fourteen books, including How Literature Saved My Life (Knopf, February 2013), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (a NYT bestseller) and Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (reissued in paperback by Vintage in 2011)—a book that challenges our most basic assumptions about originality, authenticity, and creativity. GQ called Reality Hunger "the most provocative, brain-rewiring book of 2010; it’s a book that feels at least five years ahead of its time."  His other books include Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Salon, and Slate. Shields's work has been translated into fifteen languages.  He co-edited an anthology with Bradford Morrow, entitled The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death (Norton, 2011). He also co-edited FAKES: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Dubious Documents (Norton, 2012).