David Shields and Caleb Powell | I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel


Saturday, December 1, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

Co-author (and co-star) Caleb Powell and Shields screen and discuss the film adaptation of their book, I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, directed by James Franco (2015). View film trailer. Immediately following the event, the authors will be signing books outside the auditorium, from 3:30–4:30 pm. I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel and other select titles by David Shields are available for purchase in the Museum Store.

"Shields's first major foray into film, I Think You're Totally Wrong, is about his art—its present, its past, its future, its limits, its demands...Though it's obviously brainy, this film has heart...Even if you hate writing, you're going to love James Franco and David Shields's I Think You're Totally Wrong."
–Charles Mudede, The Stranger

About the Presenters

David Shields, the Milliman Distinguished Writer in Residence in the English Department at the University of Washington, is an internationally bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality Hunger, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Black Planet, and Other People: Takes & Mistakes. The film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel was released by First Pond Entertainment last year; The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is forthcoming next year. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into two dozen languages.

Caleb Powell has work in Pleiades, The Sun Magazine, and The Superstition Review. The Seneca Review published an excerpt from his nonfiction book, Love and Happiness and Suffering in Sialkot, Pakistan. He lives just north of Seattle with his wife and three daughters, and he coaches girls basketball.


Free tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and may be picked up at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early. As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call 206 432 8289 or email rsvp@fryemuseum.org at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour prior to the start of the program.