BINDERY: Paul Madonna and Glen David Gold are Drunk: What Better Way to End the Festival?

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:30pm

It's hard to think of two writers whose bodies of work over the last 20 years more reflect the evolution of San Francisco. Gold (Carter Beats the Devil, Sunnyside, I Will Be Complete) has written highly-praised fiction and memoir set against the backdrop of the city from the 1890s onward, and Madonna(All Over Coffee, Close Enough for the Angels) has, in his unique combination of pictures and prose, given us an unparalleled portrait of our weird enclave by the Bay. Normally they chat in a cafe alone together in the Mission or North Beach about art and the artist's life, but tonight they're at The Bindery to consider, over a bottle of wine, the throughline of their careers, from their first, miserable jobs (fast food, probably), to their current, miserable jobs (art) to their futures (fast food, probably). Come join in.


Part of the Litquake festival, this event is free and all ages.



Glen David Gold is the author of the bestselling novels Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil, which has been translated into 14 languages. His essays, memoir, journalism and short fiction have appeared in McSweeney's, Playboy, Tin House, Wired, Zyzzyva, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Guardian UK and London Independent. He has written The Spirit for DC comics and The Escapist for Dark Horse. His essays on the artist Jack Kirby accompanied the landmark Masters of American Comics and Comic Book Apocalypse museum shows. Recently he has co-written episodes of The Thrilling Adventure Hour and Welcome to Nightvale. His three-part memoir I Will Be Complete came out in 2018.


Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and writer. He is the creator of three series, All Over Coffee (San Francisco Chronicle 2004-2016), Small Potatoes (Universal Press Syndicate), and Quotable City (Nob Hill Gazette 2018-present), and the author of four books, All Over Coffee, Everything is its own reward, On to the Next Dream, and Close Enough for the Angels. Paul's drawings and stories have appeared internationally in numerous publications such as the Believer and zyzzyva, as well as in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the William Blake Association in France. His work has been made into murals for private and corporate clients such as Tacolicious, Google, and Starbucks, as well as printed onto chocolates, dresses, and hats. Paul holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD magazine. He was a founding editor for, has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice, even when not asked.



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


The bar opens with doors at 7pm; event begins at 7:30.


RSVP appreciated but not required


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


I Will Be Complete: A Memoir By Glen David Gold Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946398
Availability: Hard to Find (or) Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Knopf - June 26th, 2018

Sunnyside By Glen David Gold Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307454980
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - May 4th, 2010

Carter Beats the Devil By Glen Gold Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786886326
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - September 18th, 2002

Close Enough for the Angels By Paul Madonna Cover Image
ISBN: 9781513260815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Petty Curse Books - September 5th, 2017

On to the Next Dream By Paul Madonna (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780872867420
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - April 4th, 2017

Everything Is Its Own Reward By Paul Madonna (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780872865150
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - April 19th, 2011

All Over Coffee By Paul Madonna Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872864566
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - April 1st, 2007