Admission is free.

Virtual Reading | The Devil’s Treasure

Join Brazos Bookstore and ZE Books in partnership with CAMH for an evening with the incomparable Mary Gaitskill for her new book, The Devil’s Treasure.

This event will take place virtually on Zoom. An event link will be emailed two hours prior to the event.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available for purchase through Brazos Bookstore. Purchase of a ticket will also include a copy of the book.

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About the Book

“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.

About the Author

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.

About ZE Books

ZE Books creates literary mix-tapes from visionary writers, artists, and musicians. Bridging the personal and public, each book is a life told through writing, art, and photography. ZE Books, based in Houston, Texas, began in 2019 with the publication of Intelligence for Dummies by Glenn O’Brien. ZE Books publishes art books, longform journalism, memoir, and hybrid works from artists and writers. ZE Books is a publishing partner of Unnamed Press and is distributed by PGW.

About Brazos Bookstore

As a hub for the most creative, intelligent, and engaged readers in Houston, Texas, Brazos Bookstore offers programs and curates their shelves to inspire and expand the horizons of curious readers. They aim to connect all readers with the best contemporary and classic literature, non-fiction, art and architecture monographs, and books for children. Readers engage with emerging and established authors in person through their interactive–and free–book signing events. Brazos Bookstore continues to be locally owned by a group of twenty-seven Houstonians.