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David Giffels

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David Giffels has written six books of nonfiction, most recently “Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America” (Hachette Books, 2020), described by Publishers Weekly as a “trenchant mix of memoir, reportage, and political analysis,” and selected as one of Library Journal’s “Best Books of 2020.” His other titles include the memoir “Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life” (Scribner, 2018), a Book of the Month pick by Amazon and Powell’s and a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” and winner of the Ohioana Book Award. His previous books include “The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt” (Scribner 2014), a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and nominee for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir “All the Way Home” (William Morrow/HarperCollins 2008), winner of the Ohioana Book Award. Giffels is the coauthor, with Jade Dellinger, of the rock biography “Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!” and, with Steve Love, “Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron.” A former Akron Beacon Journal columnist, his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic.com, Parade, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, Grantland.com, The Iowa Review, and many other publications. He also wrote for the MTV series “Beavis and Butt-Head.” His awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize for literature, the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a General Excellence award from National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He was selected as the Cuyahoga County Public Library Writer in Residence for 2018-2019. Giffels is a professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) Program.
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