The Bindery hosts a performance of Matthew Rohrer’s novel in verse, The Others, featuring Rohrer and guest readers Daniel Handler, Arisa White, Ethel Rohan, and Matthew Zapruder. Please join us!
A gripping, eerie, and hilarious novel-in-verse from poet Matthew Rohrer. In a Russian-doll of fictional episodes, we follow an entry-level publishing assistant over the course of a day as he encounters ghost stories, science fiction adventures, Victorian hashish eating, and robot bigfoots. Rohrer mesmerizes with wildly imaginative tales and resonant verse in this compelling love letter to storytelling.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of Surrounded by Friends (Wave Books, 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007) and A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Satellite (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver in 1994. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at NYU.
Daniel Handler is the author of the novels We Are Pirates, The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, and Why We Broke Up, a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book. He is responsible for many books for children, including the thirteen-volume sequence A Series of Unfortunate Events and the four-book series All the Wrong Questions. He is married to the illustrator Lisa Brown, and lives with her and their son in San Francisco.
Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the books Disposition for Shininess, dear Gerald, and Black Pearl. Her most recent book is the full length poetry collectionYou’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened (Augury Books, 2016).
Ethel Rohan’s debut novel The Weight of Him was a 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book and shortlisted for The Reading Women Award. Her story collections Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone were longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and the Story Prize respectively. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, PEN America, The Washington Post, GUERNICA, Tin House Online, and elsewhere. From Ireland, she lives in San Francisco.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, Copper Canyon 2014. Why Poetry, a book of prose, is forthcoming from Ecco/Harper Collins in 2017. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX. An Associate Professor and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, CA.
— This is an all ages event. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.