David Shields

Fiction Writer

1902 North 46th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Author's Bio

David Shields is the internationally bestselling 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 bestseller), and Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). Other People: Takes and Mistakes is forthcoming from Knopf in February 2017. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Publications & Prizes

I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015)
War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict (PowerHouse Books, 2015)
How Literature Saved My Life (Knopf, 2013)
Salinger (co-author) (Simon & Schuster, 2013)
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)
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Prizes won: 

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

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Last update: Aug 30, 2016