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Maud Casey and Mark Alice Durant in conversation: The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions

The Ivy Bookshop

Acclaimed novelist Maud Casey delivers the fourteenth volume in the Art of series, conjuring an ethereal subject: the idea of mystery in fiction.

Mystery is not often discussed―apart from the genre―because, as Maud Casey says, “It’s not easy to talk about something that is a whispered invitation, a siren song, a flickering light in the distance.” Casey reaches beyond the usual tool kit of fictional elements to ask the question: Where does mystery reside in a work of fiction? She looks at the variety of ways mystery is created through character, image, structure, and haunted texts, including the novels of Shirley Jackson, Paul Yoon, J. M. Coetzee, and more. Casey’s wide-ranging discussion encompasses spirit photography, the radical nature of empathy, and contradictory characters, as she searches for questions rather than answers. The Art of Mystery is a striking and vibrant addition to the much-loved Art of series.

Maud Casey is the author of three novels, most recently The Man Who Walked Away, and a story collection, Drastic. She is the grateful recipient of the Italo Calvino Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches at the University of Maryland.

Mark Alice Durant is an artist and writer living in Baltimore. His essays have appeared in numerous journals such as Art in America, Aperture, Dear Dave, Photograph, and many catalogs, monographs and anthologies. He is author of 27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in Photography. He has served on the faculties of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA, and Syracuse University. He is a professor in the Department of Visual Art at UMBC. In 2011 he started the website Saint-Lucy.com which is devoted to writing about photography and contemporary art.







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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209

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