Noted Author to Read Works March 12 at Monmouth U.

March 15, 2013
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WEST LONG BRANCH – The 2013 Visiting Writers Series at Monmouth University continues with a reading by award-winning author Mary Gaitskill at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in Wilson Hall Auditorium.

In a conversation with BOMB Magazine, novelist and story writer Gaitskill said she chose to become a writer at age 18 because she was “indignant about things – it was the typical teenage sense of things are wrong in the world and I must say something.”

Her first collection of stories, Bad Behavior, now a classic, made critical waves when it was first published, heralding Gaitskill’s arrival on the literary scene.

One of the stories in the collection, Secretary, was the basis for a 2002 feature film of the same name starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader.

Her other works include: Because They Wanted To, a collection of stories nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998, and the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica, which was nominated for the 2005 National Book Award, National Critic’s Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her 2009 collection of stories is titled Don’t Cry.

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Visiting Writers Series brings the most celebrated poets and authors from around the world and around the area to Wilson Hall.

For additional information, please contact the director of the visiting writers series, Michael Thomas at 732-263-5635 or visit online at

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