Mark Binder – Author and Storyteller

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Author, storyteller, nice guy…

Mark Binder* likes baking bread and pizza. He loves reading and writing, swimming under water, dining well and quaffing deeply, battling the forces of darkness, creating cool projects, having great adventures and telling lies about them. He lives in Providence with his wife, children and friends, and has a sneaking feeling that you’re reading this over his shoulder.

Mark Binder

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Mark transmits joy with story. He is the author of more than a twenty books and audio books for children, families and adults. Since 2000, he has performed before more than 185,000 listeners of all ages in more than 1,200 performances.

Mark graduated from Columbia University, where he studied mythology with T.E. Gaster and Storytelling with Spalding Gray. He holds an MA in English and Theater from the Trinity Rep Conservatory and Rhode Island College. He has studied yoga, contemporary dance, Decroux-style mime, and holds a third degree black belt in Aikido, the martial art for peace. He has taught an undergraduate course in “Telling Lies” at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was nominated for the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

*Yes, that’s his real name!

Mark Binder is the author who knows how to tell the right story for any age. A prolific writer and recording artist, he is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied mythology and storytelling with Spalding Gray. His stories for young people regularly appear in Cricket and other newspapers and magazines around the world. His “Bed Time Story” series of books has sold more than 60,000 copies worldwide.

In his spare time he bakes bread and pizza and practices yoga. From time to time teaches a college course in “Telling Lies.” Mark also holds a third degree black belt in Aikido, the martial art for peace, and promises not to throw anybody across the room.

He has a very extensive website at
To learn more about his performances, please visit
For a (mostly) complete list of his books and CDs, please click here.

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Mark is the founder of Light Publications. From time to time he runs for political office.

Mark’s latest books are Cinderella Spinderella  and The Brothers Schlemiel. His bestselling books include Bed Time Story Book, Kings, Wolves, Princesses and Lions, and Genies, Giants and a Walrus, which have sold more than 60,000 copies in a dozen editions. His It Ate My Sister, is billed as “The 100% true autobiography of a professional liar.”

Mark has also recorded half a dozen spoken word albums, including: It was a dark and stormy night… and A Holiday Present!