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Is the novel dead? What can replace it or evolve beyond it in the twenty-first century? With acclaimed genre-bending, nonfiction writer and essayist David Shields, explore the anti-novel and collage. Create prose built from scraps and fragments, see what literary art forms emerge, and happily abandon any clear line between fiction and nonfiction.

shields photo for Spring 2016David Shields is the author of sixteen books, including War is Beautiful (2015); The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller, and Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, a culmination of Shields’s life-long exploration of mass culture, nonfiction, genre-blur, and reality. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Salon, and Slate.

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Gemini Ink and Trinity University’s Department of English welcome novelist and genre-bending author of Reality Hunger David Shields for a reading and conversation.

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). Just published is War Is Beautiful (powerHouse, November 2015) and Other People (Knopf, 2017) is forthcoming. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times MagazineHarper’sEsquireYale ReviewVillage VoiceSalonSlateMcSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

This event takes place at Trinity University’s Chapman Graduate Center Auditorium.

  All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one.
David Shields


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David Shields nano-interview