BINDERY: Alice Bolin with Sarah Rose Etter / Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

The Bindery hosts a special afternoon event with Alice Bolin for her superb debut, Bad Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession. Joining Alice in conversation is Sarah Rose Etter (Tongue Party). Please join us!


In this poignant collection, Alice Bolin examines iconic American works from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, Britney Spears, and Serial, illuminating the widespread obsession with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies (dead and alive) are used as props to bolster men’s stories. Smart and accessible, thoughtful and heartfelt, Bolin investigates the implications of our cultural fixations, and her own role as a consumer and creator.


Bolin chronicles her life in Los Angeles, dissects the Noir, revisits her own coming of age, and analyzes stories of witches and werewolves, both appreciating and challenging the narratives we construct and absorb every day. Dead Girls begins by exploring the trope of dead women in fiction, and ends by interrogating the more complex dilemma of living women – both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate.


Reminiscent of the piercing insight of Rebecca Solnit and the critical skill of Hilton Als, Bolin constructs a sharp, perceptive, and revelatory dialogue on the portrayal of women in media and their roles in our culture. 



Dead Girls is everything I want in an essay collection: provocative lines of inquiry, macabre humor, blistering intelligence... I love this book.” –Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties


"Bracing and blazingly smart, Alice Bolin's Dead Girls could hardly be more needed or more timely.”  – Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of You Will Know Me



Alice Bolin is the author of Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession, a collection of essays forthcoming from Morrow/HarperCollins on June 26, 2018. It was named one of the most anticipated nonfiction reads of 2018by Bitch magazine. Kirkus called it “an illuminating study on the role women play in the media and in their own lives.”



Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party, which was selected by Deb Olin Unferth as the winner of the Caketrain Press Award, and was translated into French by Editions Do. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in VICE, Juked, Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill Journal, and more. She was selected by Aimee Bender as a Finalist for the Best Short Fiction of 2018. She works alongside Blake Butler as a Contributing Editor at The Fanzine. She has received writing residencies at the Disquiet International Program in Portugal, and the Gullkistan Writing Residency in Iceland. She earned her B.A. at Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. at Rosemont College. You can find out more at




Please note: this event will be at The Bindery at 1727 Haight.


This is an all ages event, which begins at 4pm. The bar will be open.


RSVP appreciated but not required


If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Dead Girls, order below and put your request in the comments field.

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession By Alice Bolin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062657145
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 26th, 2018