Monday, October 30, 2006

L.A. area readings

I usually post these the week of, but I had advance warning this time. THree great readings:

Sunday, November 5th

Patricia Nell Warren launches her latest book, The Lavender Locker Room, with two events on Sunday, November 5th.
Meet Ms Warren, and enjoy her recount the writing of The Lavender Locker Room at the 3 PM reading and book signing at Equal Writes on November 5th. (you can also attend a private dinner with her, which includes a copy of the book. Go to the Equal Writes website for details)

Wednesday, November 15th @ 7:30 pm

The people of New Orleans have always enjoyed a love affair with their city, and only when they came close to totally losing it-in the wake of Hurricane Katrina-did they truly give voice to their love.

Now, two noted editors have called upon their friends from the Big Easy's literary establishment to pen this remarkable book-a "love letter" that takes us into this crazy and wonderful patchwork quilt of a city. With contributions from Poppy Z. Brite, JM Redmann, Victoria Brownworth, and many others, this is a book not just to be read, but to be treasured. Be here to meet Greg Herren and  get "Love, Bourbon Street," signed. (I always love talking to Greg. Not only does he put up with my catty moments - he encourages them!)
Friday, November 17th @ 7:30 pm
 More than an anthology of coming out stories, "From Boys to Men" is a stunning collection of essays about what it is like to be gay and young, to be different and be aware of that difference from the earliest of ages. In these memoirs, coming out is less important than coming of age and coming to the realization that young gay people experience the world in ways quite unlike straight boys. Whether it is a fascination with soap opera, an intense sensitivity to their own difference, or an obsession with a certain part of the male anatomy, gay kids -- or kids who would eventually identify as gay -- have an indefinable but unmistakable gay sensibility. Sometimes the result is funny, sometimes it is harrowing, and often it is deeply moving.
Essays by lauded young writers like Alex Chee (Edinburgh), Aaron Hamburger (Faith for Beginners), Karl Soehnlein (The World of Normal Boys), Trebor Healy (Through It Came Bright Colors), Tom Dolby (The Trouble Boy), David Bahr, and Austin Bunn, are collected along with those by brilliant, newcomers such as Michael McAllister, Jason Tougaw, Viet Dinh, and the wildly popular blogger, Joe.My.God. Be here to meet authors Trebor Healey, D. Travers Scott, Ted Gideonse and Rob Williams and get " From Men to Boys" signed. (Even though this is only two days after Greg's reading, I can't miss an opportunity to heckle Trebor and Trav.)

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