Department of English

D.T. Max talk on 'Every Love is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace'

Tue, April 16, 2013 | Joynes Reading Room (CRD 007)

7:30 PM - 9:15 PM

D.T. Max
D.T. Max

Free and open to the public.  D.T. Max talk about his biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace Tuesday, 16 April 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Joynes Reading Room, Carothers.  Doors open at 7 pm.

The late David Foster Wallace is widely regarding as one of the most influential writers of his generation. In a Los Angeles Times article written shortly after Wallace's death in 2008, David Ulin said that he "transformed American fiction in a fundamental way." The same article described Wallace's masterpiece novel, Infinite Jest, as "a clear bid to create that mythical monster, the Great American Novel, albeit entirely on his own terms." Though he was only 46 when he committed suicide, Wallace left an enormous legacy of literature, including three novels (one published posthumously), three collections of short stories, and eight works of nonfiction, including dozens of essays. In a series of articles in the New Yorker, D.T. Max wrote in depth about Wallace's life and work. Now, following extensive research in the David Foster Wallace at UT's Harry Ransom Center, Max has published a fascinating biography of the author, entitled Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace. D.T. Max will discuss the late author, as well as his own research process in writing the biography.

D.T. Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, was released by Viking Penguin in August, 2012 and was a New York Times bestseller. He 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.

You can find out more about Every Love is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace at Penguin.

The Joynes Reading Room is located on the east side of the Carothers building at 2501 Whitis Avenue on the UT Campus. Public parking is available in the garage at the corner of 27th street and University Avenue, about three blocks away. For more information, call 512-471-5787 or write to

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