BINDERY: Written Within the Body: A Salon with Lone Mørch, Sarah Kornfeld, September Williams and Kristin Kaye

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The Bindery hosts an evening salon exploring the body in fiction and nonfiction with Lone Mørch, Sarah Kornfeld, September Williams and Kristin Kaye, all reading from their new books. Please join us for readings, Q&A, and signings!


Embody by Lone Mørch


Embody is a tribute to the sensual body. In photos & prose, Mørch examines and illuminates the light and shadows in women's bodies, minds and psyches. With a loving gaze, artistic nerve, and poetry, the book reveals how women today work hard to discover and get in touch with their own bodies, on their own terms. For the past fourteen years nearly a thousand women of all ages have found the courage and freedom before Lone's camera to explore the many expressions of beauty, sensuality and eroticism in themselves – on their own terms. The male gaze has dominated the representation of women for the past 150 years. Embody reveals what happens when women choose to be photographed by women, and decide how they want to be seen. 


Lone Mørch is an award-winning author, photographer and speaker whose work lives at the intersection of art, body, identity, culture and life’s journey. A Danish native, she has for the past 25+ years traveled, lived, loved and worked in Asia, Europe and USA. She’s the founder of Lolo’s Boudoir and has helped a thousand women find healing, transformation, adventure and celebration through her photography. Her previous work included the award-winning memoir Seeing Red: A Woman’s Quest for Truth, Power and the Sacred about her own path towards liberation. Her photos and essays have been featured in Danish and American magazines, newspapers and blogs such as InStyle, Cosmopolitan, People, SF Chronicle, Huffington Post, Light Journal, East Bay Express and 7x7.  She splits her time between Denmark and USA. 



What Stella Sees by Sarah Kornfeld


No one saw it coming that Moise and Stella would fall in love because everyone assumed they were too sick to do so. Though, why shouldn't a guy with Cerebral Palsy and a young woman with seizures be sexy? In a story that reaches from Israel to San Francisco, Bucharest to Paris, this story of two people, defined as "disabled" explores what being "broken" truly is in society - particularly in the arts. 


Sarah E. Kornfeld's debut novel, What Stella Sees, will be published by Cove International Publishers in the summer of 2018. Sarah was born and raised in the experimental theater of New York City, and received her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College where she focused on writing and choreography. Her master teacher in poetry/writing was Kate Knapp Johnson. Her master teacher in choreography was Merce Cunningham's lead dancer, Viola Farber. Sarah is a proud member of the National Writers Union and has read twice at the San Francisco LitQuake/LitCrawl festival (2016 and 2017). She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Education, International + Multicultural Studies Department where she teaches Cultural Curation to Masters and Ph.D students. She lives in the Bay Area by the sea with her Son.



Chasing Mercury by September Williams


An epileptic black ballerina and a Powwow dancer, whistleblower journalist meet in the Montreal airport. They are both performing at an international youth festival in Berlin, 1973 Cold War Berlin. During a long layover in Zürich, he takes the ballerina to a Swiss Bank. Speaking French, the Powwow dancer deposits many thousands of dollars into his numbered account to which he adds her name, providing no true explanation. Is she an accomplice--or is this just love in the time of mercury poisoning?


Chasing Mercury is a romance-suspense-memoir inspired by the events leading to the Minamata World Convention on Mercury, ratified and entered into force August 16, 2017.  Spanning three continents, the story covers decades and the world’s waters. The novel connects human rights, environmental justice and romance. Chasing Mercury is the first in a series of three books in the Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy.


September Williams is an American physician-writer, bioethicist and filmmaker. All of her work seeks a better understanding of and between ourselves.  She focuses on promoting resilience for people who are ill, aging, dying, or stressed by environmental and humanitarian violation. Yet, her writing is fired by the humor which allows people and characters to make it through hard times. September's nonfiction writing covers health disparities, bioethics and film. She is a member of the National Writers Union (AFLCIO/UAW 1981), an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She lives in Marin.



Tree Dreams by Kristin Kaye


When seventeen-year-old Jade Reynolds witnesses a violent clash between a protesting tree sitter and a local logger, she runs as far as she can from the battles that plague her home and from the mysteries of the redwood forest. But the ancient redwoods are embedded in her psyche—she feels their call even in the dark and forgotten back alleys of Portland, Oregon where she’s hiding out. She soon becomes entangled with a lovable misfit and a band of radical slackers, environmentalists, and anarchists, and finds herself living 100 feet high in the canopy of a redwood grove, trying to decide whose side she’s on: the logging community she’s known her entire life or the environmentalists who are risking their lives for the future of the forest. To find a way beyond the division between Us and Them, Jade turns to the ancient trees themselves—and the thread-thin web that connects us all. 


Kristin Kaye is an author, ghostwriter and teacher whose work sits at the intersection of nature, narrative and spirituality. Tree Dreams: A Novel is forthcoming in April, 2018 from Spark Press. The novel gave rise to a global tree tagging campaign that celebrates the myriad ways we are connected to each other, to nature and to our future. Tree Dreams tags now hang in over 20 states and 12 countries around the world. Kristin’s previous work includes Iron Maidens: The Celebration of the Most Awesome Female Muscle in the World, which details her experience directing twenty-five of the world’s strongest and most muscular women in an off-Broadway show. The book was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, and described by Utne Reader as “one of 5 new titles for women who resist easy definition.



RSVP appreciated but not required. If you are unable to attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of any of the authors' books, send an email to events AT booksmith DOT com to put in your requuest. 


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


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