“The Thing About Life is that One Day You’ll Be Dead”
Q&A Session: 3 – 4 PM in Alice Peters Room 192 (across from PB 191)
Reading and Book Signing: 7 PM in Alice Peters Auditorium, PB 191
Author bio from http://www.davidshields.com:
“David Shields’s new book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, (Knopf, 2008), was a New York Times bestseller. He is the author of eight previous books, including 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, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Utne Reader; he’s written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Shields has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. Since 1996 he has also been a member of the faculty in Warren Wilson College’s low-residency MFA Program for Writers, in Asheville, North Carolina. His work has been translated into French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Japanese, Turkish, Korean, Portuguese, and Persian. He was the chair of the 2007 National Book Awards nonfiction panel.”
Come join us for an evening of great prose!