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Jesse Eisenberg to publish a book of short fiction with Grove

Jesse Eisenberg to publish a book of short fiction with Grove
Jesse Eisenberg at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He will publish his first collection of short fiction in 2015. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg, just 30, can add another skill to his resume: writing fiction. Eisenberg will publish a book of short stories with Grove Atlantic in spring 2015, the publisher announced Tuesday.

Tentatively titled "Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories," the book will include previously unpublished pieces as well as work that has appeared in the New Yorker and McSweeney's.

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The title "Bream Gives Me Hiccups" comes from the "restaurant reviews from a privileged 9-year-old" that Eisenberg wrote for McSweeney's.

Those stories include the 9-year-old's take on Sushi Nozawa The Museum of Natural History ("Yesterday we took a class trip to the Museum of Natural History, which is a place where you're supposed to learn about history but all you really do is look at dinosaur skeletons and eat lunch.") and Fuddruckers ("Yesterday, Matthew and I went to Fuddruckers, which is a place that sounds like a swear word but actually just sells disgusting hamburgers that you have to make yourself.")

In its release, Grove described the other work to appear in the short fiction collection: "stories imagine discussions in ancient Pompeii just before the volcanic eruption, explore the vagaries of post-gender-normative dating in New York City, and chart a marriage counselor's heckling at a Knicks game."

Eisenberg, the latest young Hollywood star to turn to fiction, joins B.J. Novak, whose "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" was published last week.

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