At Home with Literati: Elisa Gabbert & Ray McDaniel

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Elisa Gabbert as part of our At Home with Literati series of virtual events and in support of her essay collection The Unreality of Memory. She'll be joined in conversation by poet Ray McDaniel.

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We stare at our phones. We keep multiple tabs open. Our chats and conversations are full of the phrase “Did you see?” The feeling that we’re living in the worst of times seems to be intensifying, alongside a desire to know precisely how bad things have gotten—and each new catastrophe distracts us from the last.


The Unreality of Memory collects provocative, searching essays on disaster culture, climate anxiety, and our mounting collective sense of doom. In this new collection, acclaimed poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert explores our obsessions with disasters past and future, from the sinking of the Titanic to Chernobyl, from witch hunts to the plague. These deeply researched, prophetic meditations question how the world will end—if indeed it will—and why we can’t stop fantasizing about it.

Elisa Gabbert is the author of the poetry collections L’Heure Bleue, The Self Unstable, and The French Exit. Her debut collection of essays, The Word Pretty, was published in 2018. The Self Unstable was chosen by the New Yorker as one of the best books of 2013. Gabbert's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Boston Review, The Paris Review Daily, Pacific Standard, Guernica, The Awl, Electric Literature, The Harvard Review, and many other venues. She lives in Denver.

Raymond McDaniel is the author of The Cataracts, Special Powers and AbilitiesSaltwater Empire, and Murder (a violet), a National Poetry Series selection.

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The Unreality of Memory: And Other Essays By Elisa Gabbert Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538347
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Published: FSG Originals - August 11th, 2020

The Self Unstable By Elisa Gabbert Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780984475292
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Published: Black Ocean - November 12th, 2013

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The Cataracts By Raymond McDaniel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894937
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Published: Coffee House Press - January 9th, 2018

Special Powers and Abilities By Raymond McDaniel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566893152
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 23rd, 2012

Saltwater Empire By Raymond McDaniel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566892131
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 1st, 2008