Author of the Month


Mary Gaitskill is an American author who writes novels, short stories and essays. In 2018, Gaitskill won the Arts and Letters Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2002 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her first book was a short story collection Bad Behaviour published in 1988 which features tales of love, sex and desire set in New York in the eighties. Since Bad Behaviour Gaitskill has published four novels and two more collections of stories.

We have chosen Mary Gaitskill for our Author of the Month of December in celebration of Oppositions, a book of selected essays, published by Serpent’s Tail. Oppositions is Gaitskill’s second collection of essays after Somebody with a Little Hammer.

Further links:

Mary Gaitskill by Laurel Nakadate, Interview Magazine, 3 April 2007

Mary Gaitskill by Matthew Sharpe, BOMB Magazine, 1 April 2009

‘Mary Gaitskill on Borrowing From Real Life in Writing (and the Dreams That Guided Her)’, Lit Hub, 22 October 2021