Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
In 1988, when she was 33, Mary Gaitskill published her debut short story collection Bad Behaviour. With her reputation as a teen runaway, stripper and writer of disturbing stories blending “formal elegance, sweetness and sadomasochism” (New York Times Magazine), she earned labels like “queen of kink” and “princess of darkness.” As far as Gaitskill is concerned, “Literature is not a realm for politeness.” Her new collection of essays, Somebody with a Little Hammer, ranges from the transcendentalism of Talking Heads, to the writing of John Updike and Gillian Flynn, to the subjects of date rape and political adultery. Gaitskill’s honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship and nominations for a PEN/Faulkner Award and a National Book Award. Come hear a ferocious voice whose novels and short stories crack the veneer of life.
1398 Cartwright Street
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