Anne Gisleson is the author of The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving and Reading (Little, Brown), a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian MagazineThe Los Angeles Times, The Oxford American, The Believer and many other publications. Her essays have been featured in several anthologies such as Best American Non-Required Reading, Life in the Wake, and others. She co-edited and co-wrote How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a Work in Progress, about ground-up rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and wrote the accompanying essays for photographer Michel Varisco’s Shifting, a book about the beauty and degradation of the coastal wetlands. She teaches creative writing at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and is co-founder of the literary and visual arts non-profit Antenna.

On Anne Gisleson’s The Futilitarians (Little, Brown)

“ Gisleson writes with wit, warmth, and a spiritual devotion to books... Her search for purpose and connection amid chaos and loss permeates even the most heart-wrenching moments of The Futilitarians-- and it’s what turns the book from a meditation on reading to a celebration of being.” — Jason Heller, National Public Radio

“Essential... this is a shattering and very important important of the best books of this year.”
— Dave Eggers

“Truly great writing...Gisleson conjures the strange beauty of her world... An affecting memoir.”
— Keziah Weir, ELLE

“With beautiful writing, Gisleson effortlessly weaves existentialism around narrative, challenging and engaging readers with a seamless blend of theory and memoir. Writer and educator Gisleson’s first book-length work weighs heavy with life’s toughest questions and then instantaneously elevates the soul with hope, making a charming, captivating, and incredibly smart must-read.”
— Melissa Norstedt, Booklist

“Sets out a search for meaning in grand terms and resolves the search in the beauty of loving detail...Plus, spoiler, it ends in fireworks and a reading list you do not want to miss.”
— Louise Erdrich

“A beautiful book about things that matter-- love, death, grief, anger, regret, renewal, the life of the mind, the life of the heart, and the life of the world around you.”
— Sam Lipsyte