David Shields

Fall 2013

David Shields is the author of fifteen books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead; Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno); Reality Hunger; Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington.

September 24, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing, MLK 225/229
September 25, 1pm – In Conversation with Ethan Nosowsky, MLK 225/229


“Shields has a point. He gives a damn. He’s trying to make a difference. He’s using the best of his formidable talents to do that.”

– The Austin Chronicle


Reality Hunger is an exhilarating smash-up. . . . a work of virtuoso banditry that promises to become, like Lewis Hyde’s The Gift for earlier generations, the book that artists in all media turn to for inspiration, vindication, and altercation as they struggle to reinvent themselves against the headwinds of our time.”

–  Chronicle of Higher Education

“Enthralling. . . . Fascinating. . . . Ultimately, the humanity of Shields’s interior and exterior exploration is what makes The Thing About Life–and life itself–worthwhile.”

–  San Francisco Chronicle 

All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.