New York Times Notable Book Author to Sign at Barnes & Noble CitiPlace

05/08/2014 03:00 PM

BATON ROUGE – Described as “entertaining and insightful” by the Washington Post,  LSU Press celebrates Porter Shreve’s new novel, “The End of the Book,” on May 14 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Citiplace, located at 2590 Citiplace Court. The signing is open to the public, and copies of the book will be available to purchase.

Heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a charming new novel. . . [that] harks back to a previous era of storytelling in order to raise some big questions about the future of books as we know them and even about the very act of reading itself,” “The End of the Book,” published by LSU Press in February, is the story of an aspiring Chicago novelist who may or may not be writing a sequel to Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio.” Adam Clary works for a famous Internet company on a massive project to digitize the world’s books, but secretly he hates his job and wishes to be a writer at a time when the book as physical object and book culture itself have never been more threatened. Counterpointing Clary’s story is that of George Willard, the young protagonist of Anderson’s book, who arrives in Chicago around 1900 when it was the fastest growing city in the history of the world.


Through alternating chapters, we follow Willard’s travails, including his marriage to the wealthy daughter of his boss, his affair with his hometown sweetheart, and his artistic crisis, breakdown and flight. Along the way we see the echoes and intersections between his life and Clary’s struggling in two similar Americas, two similar times in the life of the book.

Shreve is the author of three previous novels: “The Obituary Writer” was a New York Times Notable Book, and “Drives Like a Dream” and “When the White House Was Ours” were both Chicago Tribune Books of the Year.

For more information about the event, author and book, please visit, or contact the LSU Press Marketing Department at 225-578-8282 or

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014