Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
United States

This event will take place on October, 28th at 7:00 PM CST on Zoom Webinar. We will be emailing the event link two hours before the event starts.

Mary Gaitskill will be in conversation with Leslie Jamison.



In The Devil’s Treasure—aptly subtitled A Book of Stories and Dreams—the iconic author Mary Gaitskill has created a chimerical fiction; a hybrid novel that mines the origins of previous work to produce an entirely new story. This collage of five works (one a work in progress), interspersed with and thematically linked by a single short story, then woven together with the author's commentary, is a kind of metafictional director's cut revealing the personal and societal forces that went into each individual piece of work. The Devil’s Treasure is an ongoing, passionate exploration of core human emotions and experience, from the ideally high to the grossly, confusedly low. With the stylistic daring and preternatural acuity that has made her one of America’s most original writers, Gaitskill has created a layered vision of modern life, one in which prehistoric leviathans haunt the depths of our collective ocean at the same time that a family picnics on the beach, a podcast natters about politics and, perhaps, a curious child wanders dangerously close to the shore. 

Mary Gaitskill is the author of Bad Behavior, Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Because They Wanted To, Veronica, Don't Cry, The Mare, Somebody with a Little Hammer, and This Is Pleasure. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.

Leslie Jamison is the New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams, The Recovering, Make it Scream, Make it Burn, and a novel, The Gin Closet. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and teaches at Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her daughter.