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International Bestselling Author David Shields to Visit Moscow

August 29, 2017

David Shields, a bestselling American author and the University of Idaho’s 2017 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Creative Nonfiction, will give a free public reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the 1912 Center’s Great Room.

Shields has written 20 books, including “Reality Hunger,” which was named one of the best books of 2010 by more than 30 publications, New York Times bestseller “The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead,” and “Black Planet,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

In 2017, Shields published “Other People: Takes and Mistakes” and the film adaptation of his book “I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel,” directed by James Franco, was released. 

In addition to the public reading, Shields will also join UI Assistant Professor Brian Blanchfield for a craft talk discussing the creative writing process at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Shoup Hall Arena Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

Shields is visiting Moscow as part of the Department of English’s Distinguished Visiting Writers series, which provides mentorship and graduate-level master classes led by writers of national significance to University of Idaho students. This program is part of the Creative Writing Program in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

Media Contact
Tobias Wray
Director, University of Idaho Creative Writing Programs

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