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LAUNCH for Sarah Rose Etter, w/Trisha Low & Tommy Pico / The Book of X
July 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
The Bindery hosts Sarah Rose Etter for the launch of her anticipated debut novel, The Book of X. She’ll be joined byTrisha Low and Tommy Pico.
A surreal exploration of one woman’s life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men.
The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday—school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents—with the surreal—rivers of thighs, men for sale and fields of throats—Cassie’s realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.
“Etter brilliantly, viciously lays bare what it means to be a woman in the world, what it means to hurt, to need, to want, so much it consumes everything.” –Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist
“I loved every page of this gorgeous, grotesque, heartbreaking novel.” – Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party, selected by Deb Olin Unferth as the winner of the Caketrain Press award, and The Book of X, her first novel, which is available from Two Dollar Radio. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cut, Electric Literature, Guernica,VICE, New York Tyrant, Juked, Night Block, The Black Warrior Review,Salt Hill Journal, The Collagist, and more. She has been awarded residences at Disquiet International program in Portugal and the Gullkistan Writing Residency in Iceland. Author photo by Natalie Graf.
Trisha Low is a poet and performer living in the East Bay. She is the author of The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions, 2013) and Socialist Realism(Emily Books/Coffee House Press, 2019). Author photo by Kari Orvik.
Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, Feed, and myriad keen tweets including “sittin on the cock of gay.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. Author photo by Niqui Carter.
Please note: this event will be held at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.
The Bindery bar opens at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to request a signed copy of The Book of X, order below and put your request in the comments field. To request signed copies of Trisha’s book, do the same thing here; for Tommy’s, here.