Author D.T. Max to read from recently released best-selling biography

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2012-09-27 14:00:52 - General

Author D.T. Max will read and sign his New York Times best-seller "Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace" during a Cedar Rapids appearance. Presented by Coe College and New Bo Books, the event will be held at CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, on Wednesday, Oct. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. His new book is the biography of author David Foster Wallace. Wallace was the leading literary light of his era, a man who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. Published by Viking Penguin in August, the book is currently ranked 28th on the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction, and it has been critically acclaimed.

In the first biography of the writer, Max sets out to chart Wallace’s tormented, anguished and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, "Infinite Jest." Since his untimely death by suicide at the age of 46 in 2008, Wallace has become more than the quintessential writer for his time—he has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age.

In the end, as Max shows his readers, what is most interesting about Wallace is not just what he wrote, but how he taught everyone to live. Written with the cooperation of Wallace's family and friends, and with access to hundreds of his unpublished letters, manuscripts and audio tapes, this portrait of an extraordinarily gifted writer is as fresh as news, as intimate as a love note, as painful as a goodbye.

Max is also the author of "The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery." He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle who came to them named Max.

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