9th Ave: Claire Dederer with Grace Lavery

Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 7:00pm

Cover of Claire Dederer's Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma. The cover is white, and the title written in bold black text at the top. In the center is a colorized photo of Pablo Picasso standing on the beach and wearing a bull mask over his head.
Join us on Thursday, May 4 at 7pm PT when Claire Dederer celebrates the release of her book, Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma, with Grace Lavery at 9th Ave!

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Praise for Monsters
"In a world that wants you to think less—that wants, in fact, to do your thinking for you, Monsters is that rare work, beyond a book, that reminds you of your sentience. It's wise and bold and full of the kind of gravitas that might even rub off.” — Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women

“An exhilarating, shape-shifting exploration of the perilous boundaries between art and life. This timely book inhabits both the marvelous and the monstrous with generosity and wit.” — Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation

Monsters is an incredible book, the best work of criticism I have read in a very long time. It’s thrillingly sharp, appropriately doubtful, and more fun than you would believe, given the pressing seriousness of the subject matter. Claire Dederer’s mind is a wonder, her erudition too; I now want her to apply them to everything I’m interested in so I can think about them differently.” —Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity

About Monsters
A passionate, provocative, blisteringly smart interrogation of how we make and experience art in the age of #MeToo, and of the link between genius and monstrosity. • From the author of the New York Times best seller Poser and the acclaimed memoir Love and Trouble.

In this unflinching, deeply personal book that expands on her instantly viral Paris Review essay, "What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?" Claire Dederer asks: Can we love the work of Hemingway, Polanski, Naipaul, Miles Davis, or Picasso? Should we love it? Does genius deserve special dispensation? Is male monstrosity the same as female monstrosity? Does art have a mandate to depict the darker elements of the psyche? And what happens if the artist stares too long into the abyss?

She explores the audience's relationship with artists from Woody Allen to Michael Jackson, asking: How do we balance our undeniable sense of moral outrage with our equally undeniable love of the work? In a more troubling vein, she wonders if an artist needs to be a monster in order to create something great. And if an artist is also a mother, does one identity inexorably, and fatally, interrupt the other? Highly topical, morally wise, honest to the core, Monsters is certain to incite a conversation about whether and how we can separate artists from their art.

About Claire Dederer
Claire Dederer is the author of Love and Trouble, and the New York Times best-selling memoir Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which has been translated into twelve languages. A book critic, essayist, and reporter, Dederer is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and has also written for The Atlantic, Vogue, Slate, The Nation, and New York magazine. She lives near Seattle with her family.

About Grace Lavery
Grace E. Lavery is associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. Her book Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan (Princeton) won the NAVSA Best Book of the Year prize from the North American Victorian Studies Association. A noted scholar and prominent trans activist, she is the author of the transition memoir Please Miss.

Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma By Claire Dederer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525655114
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • NATIONAL BESTSELLER A timely, passionate, provocative, blisteringly smart interrogation of how we make and experience art in the age of cancel culture, and of the link between genius and monstrosity. Can we love the work of controversial classic and contemporary artists but dislike the artist?

Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning By Claire Dederer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101970034
Published: Vintage - April 17th, 2018

Blazingly intelligent, wickedly funny, and piercingly honest, a memoir that captures the perils and pleasures of girlhood, womanhood, and life itself.

“One of my favorite books of the last few years.” —Cheryl Strayed

“Sentence for sentence, a more pleasure-yielding midlife memoir is hard to think of.” —The Atlantic

Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses By Claire Dederer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250002334
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(This book cannot be returned nor exchanged.)
Published: Picador - January 3rd, 2012

National Bestseller

Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love.

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