“When I was in retailing for a third of my life, I was known as the ‘Bearded Wonder’ for my advertisements, bringing the public exceptional deals on men’s and women’s clothing and Reeboks while having fun doing so. As a writer, I wish to bring to the reader meaningful ways of looking at the world in a playful manner, a sort of Bearded Wonder honoring both history and its folly, tackling the issues both seriously and with irreverence.”
David Schulman wrote his first book at the age of seven. The book, Blind Justice, was about a group of animals that lived in Animal Town. He describes it as a story of the real world, of the good asses versus the bad asses. However, he put his writing aside as he grew into an adult. Schulman owned David’s Stores and Boo Boo’s Outlets from 1971 until 1991. After selling his small chain of retail stores in western North Carolina, he graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999 with a BA in liberal studies and became a full-time freelance writer. He has won the North Carolina Press Club’s Best Personal Columnist of the Year Award twice and is a frequent contributor to Our State magazine. Schulman has also served on the Asheville Citizen-Times advisory editorial board as well as the paper’s President’s Circle. His short fiction won an award from Creative Loafing in 2002. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Denissa, and has two children.
Books from Blair
The Past is Never Dead (2004)