Mana Talks: Jill Bialosky

January 28, 2016


Mana Talks: Jill Bialosky


Mana Contemporary announces the launch of Mana Talks, a free series of public workshops, lectures and conversations hosted by noteworthy artists across creative fields. For Winter/Spring 2016, the theme is “The Muse,” inviting artists to discuss their sources of inspiration. RSVP to to reserve your seat.

Writer Jill Bialosky performs a reading with commentary of her newest novel, The Prize. What do we prize the most? Are integrity and ambition mutually exclusive, as we seek a place in the world? How do we value, ultimately, a piece of art — or a life? These are the questions at the core of the evocative new novel. Bialosky will discuss how she draws inspiration from the art world.

“This sharp-eyed novel of the art world follows the fortunes of a partner in a prestigious New York gallery who struggles with the memory of his brilliant but volatile father, the tempers of a high-maintenance artist and her competitive husband, the distress of a rocky marriage, and the temptation of extramarital adventure.” — The New Yorker

Jill Bialosky is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life, as well as four collections of poetry: The Players, Intruder, Subterranean, and The End
of Desire
. Bialosky is also the author of the novels House Under Snow and The Life Room, and she is
co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology Wanting A Child. Her poems and essays appear in
The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications.

Image: Book cover for Jill Bialosky's latest novel The Prize