BINDERY: Readings by R. O. Kwon, Anisse Gross, Rachel Khong, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Caille Millner, Esmé Weijun Wang, Colin Winnette, and Lydia Kiesling

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

The Bindery hosts a very special evening of readings with one of San Francisco's longest-running writing groups! It all started in 2003, when some friends in college started a group called Chapter Room. It's gone through a lot of iterations since then, and names (Kick-It Boys, Pre-Party Forever); it's now bicoastal and nameless, with one branch in San Francisco and one in New York. Please come join us for a celebratory group reading, and for revelry afterward!


Readings by (clockwise, from top left): Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Esmé Weijun Wang, Colin Winnette, Anisse Gross, Caille Millner, Rachel Khong, Lydia Kiesling and R. O. Kwon!



Born and raised in New Orleans, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was a 2017 National Book Award Nominee, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017 and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. Her work has been published in The New York Times Book ReviewOprah.comLenny LetterThe Massachusetts ReviewGrey Sparrow Journal, and other publications. She lives in the Bay Area, California, with her family.


Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the novel The Border of Paradise. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017, and is the recipient of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize for her forthcoming essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé lives in San Francisco.


Colin Winnette is the author of several books, including Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio) and The Job of the Wasp (Soft Skull Press). He lives in San Francisco.


Anisse Gross is a writer and editor living in San Francisco.


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.


Rachel Khong is a writer living in the Mission. She's the author of the novel Goodbye, Vitamin, which was released by Henry Holt in 2017, and recently in paperback by Picador. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Joyland, Tin House, and The Paris Review. She is the founder of The Ruby, also located in the Mission, a shared work and gathering space for women of all definitions. 


Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions. Her writing has appeared at a variety of outlets including The New York Times MagazineThe New Yorker online, The Guardian, and Slate, and was recognized in Best American Essays 2016. Her first novel, The Golden State, is out from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux's MCD imprint in September.


R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in The GuardianVice, Time, Noon, Electric LiteraturePlayboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.




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


Bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.


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. 


The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213890
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250182555
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - July 10th, 2018

A Kind of Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640091030
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 14th, 2018

The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143112976
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 29th, 2008

The Border of Paradise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939419699
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Unnamed Press - April 12th, 2016

The Job of the Wasp Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593766801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soft Skull Press - January 9th, 2018

Haints Stay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512323
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Two Dollar Radio - June 2nd, 2015

The Golden State: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374164836
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - September 4th, 2018