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BINDERY: Porochista Khakpour / Sick

June 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0

Booksmith hosts an evening with the author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects and The Last IllusionPorochista Khakpour for her new book Sick: A Memoir. Porochista will be in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang (The Border of Paradise). Please join us!


For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn’t know why. All of her trips to the ER and her daily pain and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery. Sick is a candid, illuminating narrative of hope and uncertainty, boldly examining the deep impact of illness on one woman’s life.


Porochista Khakpour’s debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune’s Fall’s Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the “First Fiction” category. Her second novel The Last Illusion was a 2014 “Best Book of the Year” according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and many more.  Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her nonfiction has appeared in many sections of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, SlateSalon, and Bookforum, among many others. Currently, she is guest faculty at VCFA and Stonecoast’s MFA programs as well as Contributing Editor at The Evergreen Review. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, she lives in New York City’s Harlem. Her author photo was taken by Sylvie Roskoff.


Esmé Weijun Wang is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR and one of the 25 Best Novels of 2016 by Electric Literature. She 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, she lives in San Francisco, and can be found at esmewang.com and on Twitter @esmewang.


Please note: This event is free and all ages, and will be at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.


Doors and bar open at 7. Event starts at 7:30pm.


RSVP appreciated but not required.


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Sick: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062428738
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Perennial – June 5th, 2018

Sons and Other Flammable Objects Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802143860
Availability: Out of Stock – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press – September 1st, 2008

The Border of Paradise Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939419699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press – April 12th, 2016


June 27, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
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