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David Shields

Author's Bio

David Shields is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead (which was published by Knopf last year and is now available as a Vintage paperback), Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (which is forthcoming from Knopf in February), 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 work has been translated into ten languages. The chair of the 2007 National Book Awards nonfiction panel, he 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. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's, and Believer. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is a professor of English at the University of Washington; he is also a member of the faculty in Warren Wilson College's low-residency MFA Program for Writers, in Asheville, North Carolina.

Publications and Prizes

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (Knopf, 2009), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead (Knopf, 2008), Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine (Simon & Schuster, 2004), Enough About You: Adventures in Autobiography (Simon & Schuster, 2002), Baseball Is Just Baseball: The Understated Ichiro (TNI Books, 2001), Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season (Crown Publishers, 1999), Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity (Knopf, 1996), Handbook for Drowning: A Novel in Stories (Knopf, 1993), Dead Languages: A Novel (Knopf, 1989), Heroes: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, 1984)
Believer, Conjunctions, Harper's, McSweeney's, Nerve, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Slate, Threepenny Review, Utne Reader, Village Voice, Witness, Yale Review
The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead named one of the best books of the year by Amazon, Artforum, Salon, TimeOut Chicago, and Seattle Times, 2008 Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, for Black Planet, 2000 Finalist, PEN USA Award, for Black Planet, 2000 Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, for Dead Languages, 1990 PEN Syndicated Fiction winner, 1988, 1985

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee, The Last Novel by David Markson, The Pharmacist's Mate by Amy Fusselman, The Smoking Diaries by Simon Gray, Shuffle by Leonard Michaels
Favorite Books:
Speedboat, The Essays of Montaigne, In Search of Lost Time, Tristram Shandy, A Box of Matches, Other Inquisitions
Favorite Authors:
Montaigne, Borges, Nicholson Baker, Samuel Beckett, J.M. Coetzee, Geoff Dyer

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Listing last updated: May 18, 2009

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