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David Shields


David Shields is the best-selling author of twenty books, including "Reality Hunger" (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), "The Thing About Life is that One Day You'll be Dead" (New York Times Best-Seller) and "Black Planet" (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). Recently published is "War is Beautiful". "Other People: Takes & Mistakes" is forthcoming in February 2017.

In "Other People", David Shields gives us a book that is something of a revelation: seventy-plus essays, written over the last thirty-five years, reconceived and recombined to form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained meditation on otherness. The book is divided into five sections: Men, Women, Athletes, Performers, Alter Egos. Whether he is writing about sexual desire or information sickness, George W. Bush or Kurt Cobain, women's eyeglasses or Greek tragedy, Howard Cosell or Bill Murray, the comedy of high school journalism or the agony of first love, Shields's sustained, piercing focus is on the multiplicity of perspectives informing any situation, on the irreducible log jam of human information, and on the possibilities, and impossibilities, for human connection.

The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Esquire, The Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate Mcsweeney's and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

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Scheduled events:
Can One Person Know Another Person?
An intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness: the need for one person to understand another person completely, the impossibility of any such absolute knowing, and the erotics of this separation.

UA BookStore (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: David Shields
Moderator: Bert Furmansky
WORKSHOP: Writing Non-Fiction
Internationally Best Selling author of twenty books, David Shields, discusses his process for writing Non-fiction

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: David Shields
Writers on Writing
Three distinguished authors and writing instructors — with multiple awards and honors between them — discuss the creative impulse, the writing craft, and their lives in the literary world.

Integrated Learning Center Room 150 (Seats 155, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Charles Johnson, Benjamin Percy, David Shields
Moderator: Carmen Berry

Books:
Other People: Takes & Mistakes
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Knopf
February 2017
ISBN 9780385351997
Hardcover, 400 pages
$28.95, INSTORE
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An intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness: the need for one person to understand another person completely, the impossibility of any such absolute knowing, and the erotics of this separation. More/less

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Vintage
February 2011
ISBN 9780307387974
Paperback, 221 pages
$15.95, INSTORE
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The author of the best-selling The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead presents a call for new art forms to match the complexities of the 21st century, exploring how creative expression is being reshaped to reflect today's increasingly artificial and disconnected world.

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