David Giffels’s latest memoir, Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin and a Measure of Life, was praised by the New York Times Book Review as “tender, witty and ... painstakingly and subtly wrought,” and by Kirkus Reviews as “a heartfelt memoir about the connection between a father and son.” It was a January 2018 Book of the Month pick by Amazon and Powell’s Books and a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice.”

Giffels’s previous books include The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt, and the memoir All the Way Home, winner of the Ohioana Book Award. He is the coauthor, with Jade Dellinger, of the rock biography Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! and coathor, with Steve Love, of 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 AtlanticParade, the Wall Street JournalEsquireGrantlandRedbook and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head.

David is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. As Cuyahoga County Public Library's Writer in Residence, Giffels teaches a monthly class at the William N. Skirball Writers’ Center and participates in select library events.  


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