BINDERY: Mark Doten / Trump Sky Alpha

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:30pm

The Bindery hosts Mark Doten (The Infernal) for his second novel Trump Sky Alpha. More to be announced, but please save the date and join us!


Twice a week, the president pilots his ultraluxury airship Trump Sky Alpha between DC, NYC, and Mar-a-Lago, delivering a streaming YouTube address to the nation. In this speech he trumpets his successes and blasts his enemies, until one day his words plunge the world into nuclear war. One year later, with 90 percent of the world’s population destroyed, a journalist named Rachel has taken refuge in the Twin Cities Metro Containment Zone. Rachel accepts an assignment to document the final throes of humor on the internet in those moments before the war, hoping along the way to discover the final resting place of her wife and daughter.


What she uncovers in an archive of the internet’s remnants, hidden amid spiraling memes and Twitter jokes, are references to a little-known book that inspired a shadowy hacktivist group called the Aviary. Their role in the downfall of the internet, and the enigmatic presence of a figure known only as Birdcrash, take on immense and terrifying dimensions as Rachel ventures further into the ruins of the internet. Mark Doten, author of The Infernal, brilliantly details how the internet has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, laying the groundwork for the tumult of our current political moment and for the future headed our way.



Advance Praise for Trump Sky Alpha:


“What Doten uncovers with [Trump Sky Alpha] is the always pulsating anxieties that fuel our current existence, both online and off, and the ways in which we use irreverence and cynicism as armor against what we know is largely an uncaring world.”– NYLON


“[An] unconventional and darkly satirical mix of memes, Twitter jokes, Q&As, and tightly written stream-of-consciousness passages. . . . Doten’s speculative tale is very strange and chilling, subversive and surreal, and disturbingly relevant.” – Booklist


“By turns a dystopian nightmare, a cyber thriller, a spot-on treatise on memes, and a tragic tale of love and loss. . . . Doten’s novel is haunting, incisive, and surprisingly touching.” – Publishers Weekly



Mark Doten is the author of The Infernal. One of Granta’s 2017 Best of Young American Novelists, he is the literary fiction editor at Soho Press and teaches in Columbia University’s graduate writing program. He lives in Brooklyn. Author photo by Paul Nadal.




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


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


As with all of our events, seating may be limited; you can guarantee a seat by pre-purchasing the book below -- when checking out, just be sure to include a note that you'd like to attend the event. If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of Trump Sky Alpha, and/or The Infernal, order below and put your request in the comments field.


RSVP appreciated but not required


Trump Sky Alpha: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978280
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - February 19th, 2019

The Infernal: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977016
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - February 17th, 2015