"[David] Schickler has a wild, out-of-left-field dramatic imagination that's really fresh. The ways his characters take you, as well as one another, by surprise is terrific fun," New York magazine remarks about this former Chili's waiter (see our interview for details) turned full-time writer.
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
July 30, 1969
Place of Birth:
Rochester, New York
B.S. in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1991; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Columbia University, 1995
Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers selection, for Kissing in Manhattan, 2001
David Schickler's official web site
|Our Book Club Pick|
|Sweet and Vicious|
In Schickler's debut novel -- part pulp melodrama, part love story -- sexy Grace McGlone is saving herself for the right man. When Henry Dante pulls into the small Wisconsin town where she works at the car wash, she knows he's the one. He knows it too. But when Grace discovers Henry has "The Planets" -- a stolen set of famous Spanish diamonds -- stashed in the back seat of his truck, she's having none of it. She's "trying for heaven," and the ill-gotten jewels must go. And so they do, in a race across the American landscape from Chicago to Yellowstone, purusued by a savage gangster obsessed by the diamonds he thought were his....
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|Advice for the Aspiring|
|In our interview, when we asked Schickler what advice he had for aspiring writers, he replied, "Rainier Maria Rilke, in Letters To A Young Poet, tells the novice writer that 'no one can help you...no one.' He’s taking about relying on yourself alone, going deep into your heart and being ruthless with yourself about whatever you find there and writing about it and only it. That’s a bit melodramatic, but it’s true."|
|Barnes & Noble Discovers Great New Writers||Favorite Writers & Reads|
|Kissing in Manhattan|
Shickler's first fiction collection, Kissing in Manhattan, casts a knowing eye on a handful of lonely, love-starved New Yorkers, many of whom are inhabitants of the Preemption, a legendary Gothic apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Selected as a 2001 Barnes & Noble Discovers Great New Writers pick.
Schickler calls Denis Johnson's novel "Hardcore, violent, sexy, pared-down, urgent. When I read this book, I feel like I’m reading electricity, or even like I am electricity." Read our interview to learn more about Schickler's best loved books, including: