February 28, 2008
News & Opinion: Ferris' "Then We Came To The End" Wins B&N New Writers Award
Joshua Ferris was named a winner in Barnes & Noble's 15th Annual "Discover Great New Writers Awards."
His book Then We Came To The End is a novel about a Chicago ad agency and the tumultuous 1990's. Our resident writer Todd Lazarski wrote this short piece about the book for an upcoming 800-CEO-READ project:
The next generation of the business novel, Ferris' hilarious critique of modern office life and the world of marketing acts almost as the written word companion to "Office Space" or "The Office." Addictively funny, it also belongs in the same vein of rumbling satire employed by [John Kennedy] Toole. Ferris sheds light on all of our oft-overlooked, inter-office mannerisms, inanities, and silly drama. Throughout the prose paints a portrait that, while obviously entertaining, is also sharply revealing about that 40-hour-a-week, alternative universe known as "work."
We mention it here, because some times it helps to see the business world through a different lens with someone else describing the scene we see every day.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.