David Shields in Conversation

David Shields in Conversation

David Shields has been hailed as a writing revolutionary. His wildly inventive ‘manifesto’ Reality Hunger, a broadside against the contemporary novel, has been welcomed with open arms by novelists such as Jonathan Lethem (‘intoxicated’) and Zadie Smith (‘thrilling to read’).

Shields argues that the novel is outdated and boring; that contemporary readers crave reality. But that reality can (and should) be blurred, he says, creating a new-millennium hybrid of fiction and non-fiction. In this session - part of the NonfictioNow Conference - David Shields speaks with Sally Heath about truth and intertextuality.

The Bedell NonfictioNow Conference is presented in partnership with Iowa University and has been made possible by the support of the Copyright Agency Limited.


Portrait of Sally Heath

Sally Heath

Sally Heath is editor of Meanjin and a former Fairfax journalist.

Portrait of David Shields

David Shields

David Shields is the author of 12 books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by more than 30 publications.

Listen to David Shields in Conversation