BINDERY: Peg Alford Pursell with Caille Millner / Launch for A Girl Goes into the Forest

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Bindery hosts the launch for Peg Alford Pursell's new book, A Girl Goes into the Forest. She'll be in conversation with Caille Millner, and there will be live music by Sugartown. Please join us!

Following her acclaimed debut, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, award-winning author Peg Alford Pursell explores and illuminates love and loss in 78 hybrid stories and fables. A Girl Goes into the Forest immerses readers in the complex desires, contradictions, and sorrows of daughters, wives, and husbands, artists, siblings, and mothers.

In forests literal and metaphorical, the characters try, fail, and try again to see the world, to hear each other, and to speak the truth of their longings. Powerful, lyrical, and precise, Pursell’s stories call up a world at once mysterious and recognizable.

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes into the Forest and of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, the 2017 Indies Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press.

Caille Millner is the author of a memoir, The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification. Her fiction has appeared in Zyzzyva, the Cimarron Review, and Best American Short Stories 2016. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, Longreads, and many other publications. She is also a cultural columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.


Sugartown is an Americana/roots string band, heavy on the harmonies -- and all about that bass. They love ballads about murder, mayhem and heartbreak with a little southern moonshine thrown in to sweeten the mix. They are thrilled to have just dropped our first ever CD, Waiting for the Earthquake, which features local author/songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter’s original songs.


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

This is an all ages event. The bar opens at 6:30pm; event starts at 7pm.

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 A Girl Goes into the Forest, order below and put your request in the comments field; to order a signed copy of any of Peg's other books, order here and be sure to include your request in the comments field; for Caille's book, here.

RSVP appreciated but not required

A Girl Goes Into the Forest By Peg Alford Pursell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945814877
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dzanc Books - July 16th, 2019