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Blending confessional criticism and cultural autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Evoking his deeply divided personality, his character flaws, his woes, his serious despair, he wants "literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn't lie about this--which is what makes it essential." This is a captivating, thought-provoking, utterly original book about the essential acts of reading and writing.
This very special event will take place in our Used Book Annex, below Eagle Harbor Books.
Location: Street: 157 Winslow Way E. City: Bainbridge Island, Province: Washington Postal Code: 98110 Country: United States (afegit de IndieBound)… (més)
Get Lit!: Ticketed Event: Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, and David Shields
The cost for individual tickets for the following headliners is $15. (Doors open a half hour before.) With more than 100 book-length publications, from novels to plays, Joyce Carol Oates is among the most versatile and celebrated authors writing today. Her most beloved works include the bestsellers Blonde and We Were the Mulvaneys, and the National Book Award-winner Them. Joining her will be Jaimy Gordon, author of Bogeywoman and the National Book Award-winning novel Lord of misrule. David Shields will read from his latest nonfiction work, How Literature Saved My Life. Book signing to follow.
To purchase tickets to see Joyce Carol Oates, Jaimy Gordon, and David Shields, click here. Free Student Tickets Students from any regional high school or college get in free to all headlining events when they show a current ID at the door. However, space is limited. Advance tickets will be available at college bookstores two weeks before the festival.
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Location: Street: Bing Crosby Theater Additional: 901 W Sprague Ave City: Spokane, Province: Washington Postal Code: 99201-0214 Country: United States (afegit de IndieBound)… (més)
David Shields is the author of nine previous books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller; Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Remote, winner of the PEN/Revson Award. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. (afegit de Random House)… (més)
David Shields has been hailed as a writing revolutionary. His wildly inventive ‘manifesto’ Reality Hunger, a broadside against the contemporary novel, has been welcomed with open arms by novelists such as Jonathan Lethem (‘intoxicated’) and Zadie Smith (‘thrilling to read’).
Shields argues that the novel is outdated and boring; that contemporary readers crave reality. But that reality can (and should) be blurred, he says, creating a new-millennium hybrid of fiction and non-fiction.
In Reality Hunger, he draws on ideas from across genres, countries and centuries, using artists as diverse as The Beastie Boys and Ezra Pound to make his points (and defending James Frey along the way).
David Shields will be in conversation with Sally Heath.
There’s a huge public appetite for non-fiction storytelling in all its forms, from literary and political essays to the shelf-filling genre of memoir, and the much-maligned reality TV. This is a chance for readers and writers alike to hear the perspective of four very different voices, all keynote speakers for the NonfictioNow conference.
Helen Garneris the author of novels that draw on life, and non-fiction with novelistic tendencies. David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto has been described as ‘a benevolent and broad-minded revolutionary’ by the New York Times. Jose Dalisay Jr is a director of the Institute of Creative Writing in the Philippines, and the author of 25 books (both fiction and non-fiction). And Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic and a former staff writer for the New York Times.
This event will be chaired by Michael Cathcart, presenter of ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily.
In our bureaucratized culture, we're inundated by documents: itineraries, instruction manuals, permit forms, primers, letters of complaint, end-of-year reports, accidentally forwarded email, traffic updates, ad infinitum. David Shields and Matthew Vollmer, both writers and professors, have gathered forty short fictions that they've found to be seriously hilarious and irresistibly teachable (in both writing and literature courses): counterfeit texts that capture the barely suppressed frustration and yearning that percolate just below the surface of most official documents. The innovative stories collected in Fakes--including ones by Ron Carlson (a personal ad), Amy Hempel (a complaint to the parking department), Rick Moody (Works Cited), and Lydia Davis (a letter to a funeral parlor)--trace the increasingly blurry line between fact and fiction and exemplify a crucial form for the twenty-first century.
Matthew Vollmer will also be reading and signing from INSCRIPTIONS FOR HEADSTONES, a collection of thirty essays, each crafted as epitaphs, each one unfolding in a single sentence. from Wendy Brenner, author of Phone calls from the dead: “This is the loudest, liveliest cemetery you will ever encounter, teeming with the voices of those who refuse to rest in peace. If you are looking for aliens, basketball phenoms, Lakota Indians, GIFs, ladybug infestations, mescaline, puppets, God, the Orion nebula, CGI, guys named Gary, Barthelmian fathers and sons, or yellowjackets carrying venom extracted from dead snake heads, you will find them all here. One part prayer book, one part party game, Inscriptions for Headstones is exquisitely, exactingly appreciative of life’s most potent, fleeting, and confounding moments. To quote one headstone contained herein, it is as though Vollmer has ‘dialed into a secret radio station or is listening with a stethoscope to the heart of universe.’"
Location: Street: 160 Courthouse Sq City: Oxford, Province: Mississippi Postal Code: 38655-3914 Country: United States (afegit de IndieBound)… (més)
With this landmark book, David Shields fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time. Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? Has the velocity of digital culture rendered traditional modes obsolete? Exploring these and related questions, Shields orchestrates a chorus of voices, past and present, to reframe debates about the veracity of memoir and the relevance of the novel. He argues that our culture is obsessed with “reality,” precisely because we experience hardly any, and urgently calls for new forms that embody and convey the fractured nature of contemporary experience.
Location: Street: 2421 Bissonnet St City: Houston, Province: Texas Postal Code: 77005-1451 Country: United States (afegit de IndieBound)… (més)
Memoirist (The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Enough About You), sportswriter (Body Politic, Baseball Is Just Baseball) novelist (A Handbook for Drowning, Dead Languages) and Guggenheim Fellow David Shields will visit the Booksmith in honor of his latest work, Reality Hunger, that left Jonathan Lethem “astonished, intoxicated, ecstatic, overwhelmed.” (lemontwist)… (més)
THE THING ABOUT LIFE IS THAT ONE DAY YOU’LL BE DEADwith David Shields
DAVID SHIELDS THE THING ABOUT LIFE IS THAT ONE DAY YOU'LL BE DEAD David Shields, Seattle author and the recipient of numerous awards for his writing, talks about his thought-provoking book—now in paperback—a unique double-memoir that presents his and his father's life stories along with facts about aging and death. "Shields undergoes his midlife crisis and comes out the other side—more accessible than ever before, more tender, 'nicer.' And yet The Thing About Life adroitly sidesteps sentimentality—very hard to do when the core of it is a son's love for his cranky, tenacious, irascible, geriatric Jewish father. I love this book." ~ David Guterson (booksense)… (més)