Date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2012.
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Place: Heathers, 506 East 13th St # 1, (Between Avenues A & B), NYC
The Lambda Literary Foundation, in conjunction with reading curator Karen Schechner, proudly presents:
LIT!: an evening to celebrate the recent publications by authors Ellis Avery, Cris Beam, Sarah Schulman, and Laurie Weeks.
This is not a reading; this is a straight-up party! Join them as they toast a group of the finest writers working today. Come meet the authors, have some drinks at Heather’s too-hip-for-school bar, and possibly meet the well read partner of your dreams.
This event will take place at Heathers, located at 506 East 13th St # 1 (Between Avenues A & B) NYC, on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Free to the public.
Donations to the Lambda Literary Foundation welcome.
Bluestockings Books will be on hand to sell copies of the featured authors’ latest titles.
The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (January 5, 2012)
Amazon: The Last Nude
A stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy, about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the world wars. Paris, 1927. In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant-garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara's most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished-and coveted-works of art. A season as the painter's muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons: Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice. And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history's darkening tide. Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination. Ellis Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives. Spellbinding and provocative, this is a novel about genius and craft, love and desire, regret and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.
I Am J by Cris Beam
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 1, 2011)
Amazon: I Am J
"Hola, Jeni." J spun. His stomach clenched hard, as though he'd been hit. It was just the neighbor lady, Mercedes. J couldn't muster a hello back, not now; he didn't care that she'd tell his mom he'd been rude. She should know better. Nobody calls me Jeni anymore. J always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a "real boy" and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible - from his family, from his friends...from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding - it's time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost. An inspiring story of self-discovery, of choosing to stand up for yourself, and of finding your own path - readers will recognize a part of themselves in J's struggle to love his true self.
The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination by Sarah Schulman
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
Amazon: The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination
In this gripping memoir of the AIDS years (1981-1996), Sarah Schulman recalls how much of the rebellious queer culture, cheap rents, and a vibrant downtown arts movement vanished almost overnight to be replaced by gay conservative spokespeople and mainstream consumerism. Schulman takes us back to her Lower East Side and brings it to life, filling these pages with vivid memories of her avant-garde queer friends and dramatically recreating the early years of the AIDS crisis as experienced by a political insider. Interweaving personal reminiscence with cogent analysis, Schulman details her experience as a witness to the loss of a generation's imagination and the consequences of that loss.
Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (October 4, 2011)
Amazon: Zipper Mouth
Selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading. "Laurie Weeks' Zipper Mouth is a short tome of infinitesimal reach, a tiny star to light the land."—Eileen Myles, author of Inferno. Zipper Mouth is a brilliant rabbit hole of pitch-black hilarity, undead obsession, the horror of the everyday, and drugs drugs drugs."—Michelle Tea, co-founder of Sister Spit. In this extraordinary debut novel, Laurie Weeks captures the freedom and longing of life on the edge in New York City. Ranting letters to Judy Davis and Sylvia Plath, an unrequited fixation on a straight best friend, exalted nightclub epiphanies, devastating morning-after hangovers—Zipper Mouth chronicles the exuberance and mortification of a junkie, and transcends the chaos of everyday life. Laurie Weeks has been a superstar in the New York downtown writing world since the 1980s. Her fiction and other writings have been published in The Baffler, Vice, Nest, Index Magazine, LA Weekly, and Semiotext(e)'s The New Fuck You. A portion of this novel appeared recently in Dave Eggers' The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has taught in writing programs at University of California San Diego and the New School, and has toured the United States with the girl-punk group Sister Spit.