Olivia Gatwood / Launch for Whoever You Are, Honey

The Booksmith

1727 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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Tue, July 9th, 2024 @ 7:00PM PDT

Booksmith is thrilled to host Olivia Gatwood for the launch of her darkly brilliant debut novel, Whoever You Are, Honey, which explores how women shape themselves beneath the gaze of love, friendship, and the algorithm. More to be announced, but please save the date and join us!


About the book

What happens when what was once considered dystopia is now reality? 

Mitty can’t quite make out the expression on Lena’s face, but she doesn’t look distressed. She looks like nothing at all. She looks like the beginning, before thoughts, a white hallway with no doors, a room so long your voice disappears before it can echo. 

On the Santa Cruz, California, waterfront, every house is a flawless glass monolith. Except for one. In a dilapidated bungalow, Mitty and her elderly roommate, Bethel, are the oddball pair who represent the last vestiges of a free-spirited town taken over by the tech elite. But their lives are about to be forever changed when a new couple, Sebastian and Lena, move in next door. 

Sebastian is a renowned tech founder and Lena is his spellbindingly perfect girlfriend. But Lena has secrets; she feels uneasy about her oddly spotty memory and is growing increasingly wary of the way Sebastian controls their relationship. Mitty is also hiding something, and the way Lena appears to float through her luxurious life draws Mitty inexorably into her orbit. As the two women begin to form a close friendship, they are finally forced to face their pasts—and the urgent truths that could change everything. 

Showcasing Olivia Gatwood’s talent as an essential author for our hyper-digital age, Whoever You Are, Honey is a gripping, seductive, and prescient novel that dissects relationships between women and examines how striving for perfection and desirability plays out in spaces where technology and power intersect.


Advance praise for Whoever You Are, Honey

“A gorgeous, haunting, tender story of women finding different kinds of love and solace in each other, Whoever You Are, Honey looks directly into the deep, dark depths of what makes us alive—and what sustains that life. I loved every minute of it.” – Gabrielle Korn, author of Yours for the Taking

“Gripping and heartfelt . . . Gatwood has created a vibrant, uncanny world that I was reluctant to tear myself away from.” – Kate Folk, author of Out There


About the author

Olivia Gatwood is the author of two poetry collections, New American Best Friend and Life of the Party, and the co-writer of the film The Governesses and Adele’s music video for “I Drink Wine.” She has received international recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. Her performances have been featured on HBO, MTV, VH1, the BBC, and more. Her poems have appeared in The Poetry FoundationLambda Literary, and The Missouri Review. Originally from Albuquerque, she lives in Los Angeles. Photo by Michael Drummond


Please note:

  • Our space is ample but limited: the best way to make sure you get a space is to reserve a spot with a ticket. If we've sold out of tickets, though, we have a limited number of seats set aside for walkups on the day of the event, first come / first served starting half an hour before showtime. Check in with a host when you arrive about availability and/or potential waitlist options.
  • We are happy to offer *signed copies* of Whoever You Are, Honey: order a Book + Seat ticket bundle if you'd like to pick up a signed copy at the event, or order here if you just want a signed copy and no admission. You can order Olivia's other books here.
  • Safety protocols are subject to change. If we feel it is not safe to gather, as the event gets closer, we will pivot to a virtual event and your registration will remain valid.
  • Questions? Accessibility requests? Write [email protected].


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The Booksmith
1727 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-863-8688