Literary Events

Imogen Binnie

When: Sat., March 30, 7:30 p.m. 2013

On the surface, it seems like Imogen Binnie wrote her debut novel, Nevada, for the same reasons anyone writes a novel: to tell a story that hasn't been told before. But Binnie's concerns extend further; as a trans woman, she said she wasn't seeing anyone like her portrayed in any kind of media, with any semblance of realistic substance. "I wanted to see a story about trans women that wasn't all trans 101, deceptive/pathetic dichotomies, and inevitable death tropes," she wrote on her blog. In the darkly comedic Nevada, Binnie tells the story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York and grappling with an unraveling relationship and her ensuing inability to emotionally engage with her own history as a trans woman. Join Binnie on Saturday, Mar. 30, as she reads from her novel at Pegasus Books Downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). "Despite all the grim theoretical circumstances around it it's actually pretty funny," Binnie wrote in an email. "Also there's lots of sex and cussing. The sex is pretty unfulfilling, though." 7:30 p.m., free.

Azeen Ghorayshi

Price: free

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