New Wallace Book (Sort Of)

Despite the fact that it’s widely available online, the commencement speech David Foster Wallace presented at Kenyon College in 2005 will be published as a 150-page book by Little, Brown this spring:

While some rumors persist that there’s an unfinished novel David
Foster Wallace was working on before he died in September, at least one
work from the author is definitely on the horizon. Wallace’s publisher,
Little, Brown, is going to release This Is Water in April 2009, which is the address the author delivered at Kenyon College’s commencement in 2005.

The speech, which LB assistant director of publicity Marlena Bittner
called Wallace’s "only philosophical public address," was paraphrased
and quoted in various Web sites and blogs after the author died. The
edition of the speech from LB will be slightly under 150 pages
and feature illustrations throughout; the imprint is going to press
for an announced 40,000 copies.

I imagine those will be some hefty margins, as well as a generous number of illustrations. Either that, or LB will go the route Penguin did the JM Coetzee’s Nobel address, which was presented as a minature hardcover (although they could only stretch that to 32 pages).



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