BINDERY: Kristen Tracy with Daniel Handler / Half-Hazard

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 7:30pm

The Bindery is pleased to host Kristen Tracy for her first book of poems, Half-Hazard, winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation. Joining Kristen in conversation is Daniel Handler. Please join us!


Half-Hazard is a book of near misses, would-be tragedies, and luck. As Kristen Tracy writes in the title poem, “Dangers here. Perils there. It’ll go how it goes.” The collection follows Tracy’s wide curiosity, from her growing up in a small Mormon farming community to her exodus out into the forbidden world, where she finds snakes, car accidents, adulterers, meteors, and death-marked mice. These wry, observant narratives are accompanied by a ringing lyricism and Tracy’s own knack at noticing what’s so funny about trouble and her natural impulse to want to put all the broken things back together. Full of wrong turns, false loves, quashed beliefs, and a menagerie of animals, Half-Hazard introduces a vibrant new voice in American poetry, one of resilience, faith, and joy.



Kristen Tracy is a poet and acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels for young readers. Her poems have been published in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and the Threepenny Review, among other magazines. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.



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.



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


This is an all ages event, with mature themes. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.


RSVP appreciated but not required


If you cannot attend the event but would like to requeset a signed copy of Half-Hazard, and/or any of the authors' books, order below and put your request in the comments field.


Half-Hazard: Poems By Kristen Tracy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978228
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Graywolf Press - November 6th, 2018

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All the Dirty Parts By Daniel Handler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632868046
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 29th, 2017

The Basic Eight: A Novel By Daniel Handler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060733865
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - May 9th, 2006

Why We Broke Up By Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316127264
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 3rd, 2013

We Are Pirates By Daniel Handler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608197767
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 6th, 2015

Adverbs: A Novel By Daniel Handler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060724429
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - April 24th, 2007