Charles Yu discusses his acclaimed novel How to Live Safely in the Fictional Universe with editor Eli Horowitz. A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a co-worker out on a date. A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape. A company outsources grief for profit with the tagline: "Don't feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you." Named by the National Book Foundation as one of its "5 under 35" fiction writers to watch, Yu draws from both pop culture and science to transport his readers into an imaginative universe in his latest collection, Sorry Please Thank You: Stories. Join us and hear from this major new voice in American fiction as he discusses his latest foray into the heart of the human condition.
Eli Horowitz is the coauthor of “The Silent History,” a digital novel; “The Clock Without a Face,” a treasure-hunt mystery; “Everything You Know Is Pong,” an illustrated cultural history of table tennis; and the forthcoming "The Pickle Index." Previously the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s, his design work has been honored by I.D., Print, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Charles Yu lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Michelle, and their two children. He has received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award for his story collection Third Class Superhero, and he has also received the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. His work has been published in the Harvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, and Mid-American Review, among other journals.
Charles Yu, author, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and Eli Horowitz, former Managing Editor and publisher of McSweeneys, discuss how the speed of advancing technology makes us feel that we are living in a science fiction universe.