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AT THE PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY: Skylight Books Presents MARY GAITSKILL, author of THE DEVIL'S TREASURE with DANZY SENNA

*This event will take place in-person at the Philosophical Research Society, located at 3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Ticket price includes a copy of The Devil's Treasure and admission to the in-person event. Get your tickets here.

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. All attendees are required to wear masks while inside the auditorium.

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The Devil's Treasure (Ze Books)

“What is most amazing about Gaitskill is her ability to portray the heart of human longing and suffering, and to see in each gesture of our lives the disturbing and conflicting pool of drives that marks our every gesture.” – Sheila Heti, The Believer

“What is in the bag behind the Devil’s chair? Knowledge of some kind? Surely something a little girl did not know should be left alone."

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.

Danzy Senna is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels CaucasiaSymptomatic, and most recently, New People, named one of the best books of the year by Time, Vogue and the New York Times. Senna is a recipient of the Whiting Award and the Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

Praise for Mary Gaitskill:

“What is most amazing about Gaitskill is her ability to portray the heart of human longing and suffering, and to see in each gesture of our lives the disturbing and conflicting pool of drives that marks our every gesture.” – Sheila Heti, The Believer

“Gaitskill is something special. She doesn’t grandstand; she lacks self-pity. She has an intuitive sympathy for people acting on their worst impulses and a gift for portraying cruelty without condemnation. She manages to be an erotic writer without being, precisely, a sex writer.” – Emily Nussbaum, New York Magazine

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
3910 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Devil's Treasure Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781733540155
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Published: ZE Books - October 19th, 2021

The Mare: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307743602
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2016

Don't Cry (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307275875
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Published: Vintage - March 9th, 2010

Bad Behavior: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439148877
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2009

Veronica (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375727856
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Published: Vintage - July 18th, 2006