Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7pm, Music Building, $20
A R Y A I T S K I L L
with Leonard Lopate
is the author of the collections of stories Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To, and Don’t Cry, as well as the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin; Veronica, and, most recently, The Mare, which is forthcoming in the fall of 2015. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories. The New York Times Book Review has said: “[Gaitskill’s] palpable talent puts her among the most eloquent and perceptive contemporary fiction writers.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer has said: “[Gaitskill’s] understanding of women’s shadowy feelings is so deadly I sometimes put the book down, stunned… Her ferocious honesty makes almost any other book seem timid.” The Village Voice has said: “There may be no better writer than Gaitskill at reaching deep into what she calls…‘the trapdoors in personality and obsession,’ and pulling what she finds there back out into the world. Past, present, future; heartbreak, desire, and loss—none of it is quite beyond her.” The San Francisco Chronicle has said: “Gaitskill writes from the gut… [Her] characters bleed, sweat, cry, and they experience sadness, anger and love as much as a physical sensation as an emotion.” Michiko Kakutani, writing in The New York Times, has said: “Gaitskill writes with such authority, such radar-perfect detail, that she is able to make even the most extreme situations seem real. She takes us on a meticulously observed documentary tour of [her characters’] inner and outer lives…” The Sunday Oregonian has described the work of Ms. Gaitskill as “twisted, beautiful, grotesque, graceful, and exceedingly well executed. People write their whole lives in the hope of coming up with just one sentence that rises to the level of [Gaitskill’s work].”
In addition to reading from her work, Ms. Gaitskill will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Mary Gaitskill: Hillary Harvey