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Author-of-Shirtlifter-at-Unabridged-Books-Aug-7

Author of Shirtlifter at Unabridged Books Aug. 7 - From a press release - Drawn, Out Press is pleased to celebrate the fifth issue of Steve MacIsaac's graphic novel series SHIRTLIFTER with an author reading on Friday, August 7th at 7:00 PM at Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago, IL. A Canadian artist who currently lives in Long Beach, California after several years in Japan, MacIsaac's comics explore the intersection of culture, identity, and sexuality: how ...


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Upcoming: Book Fair; Cannabis conference; marriage law seminar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26 The 31st annual Newberry Book Fair will take place July 23-26 at the Newberry, 60 W. Walton St., in the Gold Coast. Opening hours are Thursday, July 23-Friday, July 24, 12-8 p.m.; and Saturday, July 25-Sunday, July 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be more than 120,000 used books, music and collectibles. A couple ...


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Chicago Humanities Fest newsmakers, cultural commentators to include Evan Wolfson - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL—July 14, 2015—Today the Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) announced added newsmakers and cultural commentators for the 26th annual Fall Festival, who will explore the theme of Citizens, with more than 100 events Oct. 24-Nov. 8, 2015. On the heels of the Charleston, SC shooting and the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, CHF will set the stage ...


Mark-Merlis-on-JD-A-Novel

Mark Merlis on 'JD: A Novel' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - JD is unusual in the panoply of gay literature. That is Mark Merlis' doing. It is not only the devices he employs to tell his story centered around Jonathon Ascher, a long-forgotten but once-relevant cultural hero—it is the narrative itself. Martha, Ascher's long-surviving widow, is asked permission to open her husband's archives for a professor interested in telling Ascher's biography. ...


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Angela Koenig: Chicago lesbian novelist on her works, influences - Chicago lesbian novelist Angela Koenig grew up in rural Nebraska and lived in Sioux City, Iowa. Then, she lived in Denver and San Francisco for a number of years before returning to the Midwest. She's the author of Rebellion in Ulster, a novel that followed a dashing lesbian scholar's path to becoming a revolutionary. Its sequel, Rendezvous in the Himalaya, ...


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Women & Children First announces July events - From a press release - At Women & Children First in July: Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. I Live For Trans Education Screening Event Join the Trans Oral History Project for a screening and discussion of documentary shorts from I Live for Trans Education, a grassroots multimedia curriculum. Learn about how Chicago activists brought together trans folks from across a racial, class, and cultural ...


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Coffee table book reveals world of burlesque - From a press release - Vancouver, BC ( PRWEB ) - "Drag is too many clothes for one gender, while Burlesque leaves it all on the floor", says Christopher Logan of his book series. The purveyors of glamour, Bookthefilm Publishing, are back with their sequel to their hit book, 'dr.a.g.' ( dressed as girl ). The dr.a.g. book sold across the United States and Canada, ...


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BOOKS Caitlin Moran: 'Britain's Lena Dunham' gets frisky - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Author Caitlin Moran's How to Build a Girl knocked Harry Potter luminary J. K. Rowling's memoir out of the number-one spot in 2014. The method in which she celebrated was, shall we say, less than memorable. "The brilliant thing about the way I celebrate things is that I remember very little when I finally wake up, three days later, still ...


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BOOK REVIEW Love Changes 1.0 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Eddie S. Pierce, $2.99; Rainbow Room Press; 46 pages Love Changes 1.0 is meant to be the first part of a series. And it might find an audience: Set in Chicago, it's light reading with lots of gay sex. Eddie Pierce drops some contemporary concerns for Black men throughout—a character gets a HIV diagnosis and the Trayvon Martin ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Course-Correction

BOOK REVIEW Course Correction - By Ginny Gilder, $26.95; Beacon Press; 272 pages The song went 'round and 'round in your head. Maybe that's why it's called "a round." You know how it works: One group starts to sing and, when they get to a certain point, the next group begins anew and so on, until the endings lap like waves. But, as in the ...


Barbara-Gittings-Gay-Pioneer

Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer - Her smile was perhaps her biggest asset. Barbara Gittings countered the vitriol of homophobes by using any tactic at her disposal. Sometimes that was verbal debate. Or wearing a flowery dress, smiling, and carrying a protest sign. Or creative activism with a kissing booth. But mainly, Gittings used her persistence and boundless energy to wear down her enemies, winning victory ...


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BOOK REVIEW Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial - By Kenji Yoshino, $26; Crown; 384 pages Third finger, left hand. If you're wearing a ring there, chances are that it means more than a bit of metal around your digit. It's undoubtedly more precious than the sum of its parts. It means a commitment of marriage—that is, if you can get married, because some still cannot. And in ...


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Book examines the great gay riot - Ann Bausum is no stranger to social-justice history. She has written more than half a dozen books focusing on the topic in the last two decades. However, she had never focused on the LGBT community and spent the majority of her resources on women's rights, the right to vote and the African-American civil rights' movement since the 1960s. She had ...


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BOOKS 'Crossword' a study of gay Mexican identity - By Melissa Wasserman Rigoberto González's Mexican identity comes across and queer identity is written down, but his newest book of poetry, Our Lady of the Crossword, is not an unsolvable puzzle. The author explores queer identity's complexities in Mexico and the United States as well as the border that unites the two countries. This theme reflects from the front cover ...


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Gerber/Hart begins new director search - Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., has begun looking for a new director. The search comes following the departure of Lucas McKeever, who resigned this month, according to Gerber/Hart President Carrie Barnett. "Over the last 18 months, he's really helped us rebuild our relationships in the community," Barnett said. "The things he's done to help us organize the ...


Biography-of-gay-pioneer-Barbara-Gittings-out-in-time-for-Pride

Biography of gay pioneer Barbara Gittings out in time for Pride - CHICAGO - Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer, the first full-length biography of the woman who has been called the mother of the gay-rights movement, is available in time for Pride 2015. The book is by journalist Tracy Baim, author of 11 books on LGBT history. Award-winning writer Lillian Faderman wrote the foreword for the book. It is available in both a ...


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Engineer Jill Tietjen on recording women's history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - National Women's Hall of Fame CEO Jill Tietjen co-authored the enduring register Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America ( HarperCollins ) with Charlotte Waisman in January 2013. Since then, the two-pound tome has systematically altered the course of feminism through the sheer force of its existence. "I was introduced to my co-author Charlotte Waisman in 2003, ...


BOOK-REVIEW-All-I-Love-and-Know

BOOK REVIEW All I Love and Know - By Judith Frank. $26.99; Wm. Morrow; 432 pages   Everything's gonna be alright. You tell yourself that a dozen times a week. Something lost? It'll be alright. Deadline missed? It'll be fine. It'll work out, it's okay, you're all good. Keep repeating it, and maybe that'll make it so. But, as in the new novel "All I Love and Know" ...


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BOOKS 'Harold and Maude,' revisited - Harold and Maude, with its marriage of cynicism and hope, transcends its 1971 release date to find fans of all generation. Initially a box-office disaster, over the years its star has risen, and newfound admirers might be surprised to learn that screenwriter Colin Higgins adapted the script into a novel shortly after the film's debut. Recently, Chicago Review Press acquired ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Bettyville-A-Memoir

BOOK REVIEW Bettyville: A Memoir - By George Hodgman. $27.95; Viking; 279 pages Throughout your life, your parents ignored many things. That time in high school when you snuck out to party? They knew, but they looked the other way. The same thing happened with wearing make-up, missing curfew and that one regrettable hair style. They often "didn't see" more than you'll ever know. The ...


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Lambda Literary winners named; Rita Mae Brown, John Waters honored - From a press release - New York, NY - The winners of the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( the "Lammys" ) were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at The Great Hall at Cooper Union. It occurred on the heels of BookExpo America, the book publishing industry's largest annual gathering of booksellers, publishers, authors, and readers. The Lambda ...


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BOOK REVIEWS How Long Will I Cry?; Anatomy of a Girl Gang - How Long Will I Cry? edited by Miles Harvey Free ( from BigShouldersBooks.com ); Big Shoulders Press; 244 pages Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little $13.77; Arenal Pulp Press; 253 pages Two books shed a light on violence and youth—one a compilation of real stories, the other fictional. One centered on what happens in Chicago, the other Vancouver. ...


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Charles Blow talks marginalized people at Chicago Public Library event - "We are in the middle of a new civil-rights era in this country. It's centered around economic equality, gender equality, LGBT equality and yes racial equality. In this moment, racial equality is focused primarily on a particular phenomenon which includes bias, criminal justice and the use of force by authorities against black bodies. This phenomenon has crystallized the sentiments of ...


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American Library Association designated June GLBT Book Month - From a press release - CHICAGO — The American Library Association ( ALA ) has designated June 2015 as GLBT Book Monthâ„¢, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. GLBT Book Monthâ„¢ is an initiative of the ALA and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality: In this compelling book, New York Times ( and Pulitzer Prize-winning ) investigative reporter Jo Becker takes a look at the recent pivotal years regarding the battle for same-sex marriage to be legalized in the United States. She was granted access to rooms where strategies were plotted, from the initial efforts ...


Kenny-Porpora-writes-emotionally-wrenching-memoir

Kenny Porpora writes emotionally wrenching memoir - Kenny Porpora was often told that he should write his memoirs, that his life would be a hard-to-believe, gripping book—and probably a movie, too. He's only 28, yet lived a life few can comprehend. He grew up in a down-on-their luck, fractured family, riddled with addiction and chronic heartache and heartbreak—from many family members. Many have died. His mom was ...


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Chicago Public Library observes LGBT Pride Month - From a press release - The Chicago Public Library continues its "Celebrating Diversity" series in June with the observance of LGBT Pride Month, an annual celebration of the culture, contributions and traditions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) Americans. As part of this year's observance, the Library presents an informative series of films and events on selective LGBT topics. Cosponsored by the ...


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2015 'Out at CHM' series ends with story of StoryCorps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago History Museum closed its 2015 Out at CHM season on May 7 with an audience riveted to every fascinating moment of sadness, laughter, shock, understanding and endearment that is inherent in the stories belonging to and told by everyday people without suppression or limits. For 12 years, the national nonprofit StoryCorps has invited the country into the intimate ...


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PASSAGES Author Nikki Rashan dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian author Nikki Rashan Jenkins, 42, died May 4 of complications from breast cancer. She wrote four novels; Double Pleasure Double Pain, You Make Me Wanna, Cyber Case and The EXchange. She also wrote Sugar on the Side, which was included in Carl Weber's Full Figure series and Crossing Layne which was featured in the anthology Les Tales: Tempted to ...


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LGBT cabaret focus of upcoming Guild Literary Complex benefit - Six years ago, the Guild Literary Complex ( the Guild ) conceived of an annual benefit where social and literary themes could be explored in a fun setting. Last year's event, REVEAL 25, celebrated the Guild's 25th anniversary with a focus on 25 writers. This year's event, "Wink & Whisper: A 1920s LGBT Cabaret," will take place Sunday, May 17, ...


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Upcoming: Pride 5K; Comics; Brave Face; Lambda Literary awards; HER app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pride 5K run/walk June 25 in Boystown The second annual Pride lakefront party and Pride5K run/walk will take place Thursday, June 25. The race kicks off at 7:30 p.m. near the Lakefront at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. When the run is over, DJs Matthew Harvat and Adam LeBlanc of Sixteen Candles will be the featured entertainment. The fee ...


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26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards honorees named - From a press release - New York, Saturday, May 9, 2015 — GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in 15 of this year's 31 media categories at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo at the Waldorf Astoria New York on Saturday night. A complete press release with additional quotes from award recipients will ...


-Windy-City-Times-reporter-wins-Lisagor-Award

Windy City Times reporter wins Lisagor Award - Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a senior staff reporter for Windy City Times, won a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club for her four-part series on violence against transgender women on Chicago's West Side. The category was in-depth reporting in community media. The first part of the series looked at the case of Eisha Love, a transgender woman sitting in ...


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MBC to exhibit icons of advertising - In a first-of-its-kind exhibition in Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications ( MBC ), 360 N. State St., will present "A Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons," running through Oct. 31. Among the "30-second stars" and brands being showcased during the exhibition are General Mills' Pillsbury Doughboy and Jolly Green Giant; Kellogg's Tony the Tiger ( Frosted Flakes ); Snap, Crackle ...


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New gay manga anthology gives art form legitimacy - What is the big idea behind Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and The Men Who Make It? Featuring illustrations rarely seen in the United States outside of pirated, poorly duplicated content available online, Massive showcases big, hypermasculine men with soft edges, along with nine in-depth interviews of some of the most talented comic artists producing work for a gay male audience ...


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BOOK REVIEW This Book Is Gay - By James Dawson. $15.99; Sourcebooks Fire; 272 pages   I came out many, many, many moons ago—in fact, so many moons ago that the moon was physically smaller than it is today. Sure, we had sex ed in school. It was the most awkward sex ed that anyone has ever taken. I went to Catholic school, and being taught about ...


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Book details Iowa's marriage path prior to Supreme Court arguments - With marriage equality sweeping the land and the U.S Supreme Court set to decide the issue later this summer, Iowa's 2009 same-sex marriage decision, Varnum v. Brien, might seem long-forgotten. But Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen felt that the first Midwest state to allow same-sex marriage had a story to tell. Their account of the landmark Iowa Supreme Court decision, ...


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Anne Balay, Daisy Hernandez Lambda Literary's Emerging Writer Award Winners - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit arts organization promoting LGBTQ literature and writers, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. This year the Emerging Writer Award recognizes Anne Balay and Daisy Hernandez. The judges for the Dr. Betty Berzon prize were award-winning writers/poets Achy Obejas and Eduardo ...


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Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith visits W&CF - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her book, Life on Mars, read from her latest work, Ordinary Light, at the Women and Children First bookstore on April 23. Ordinary Light is a memoir that tells the story of her growing up in a large and loving family. It's a story of faith, race, and Smith's ...


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Heroes assemble at comics convention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since 2010, comic fans have been treated to a pop-culture explosion at McCormick Place for C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. April 24-26 had the large venue overrun with heroes and villains collecting comics, toys and video games throughout the weekend. There were Q&A panels in various rooms, along with movie screenings. The popular horror movie Insidious immersed fans ...


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Indie LGBTQ graphic novel series to release release "Flutter" - From a press release - This July, 215 Ink will release Flutter, Volume Two: Don't Let Me Die Nervous, the latest in the indie LGBTQ graphic novel series by Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey. Flutter is about a girl who shape-shifts into a boy to get her dream girl. Over the course of the series, she learns that pretending to be someone she's not has ...


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Michelangelo Signorile reminds us why 'It's Not Over' - Sirius XM radio personality and HuffPost Gay Voices vertical editor Michelangelo Signorile begins his book "It's Not Over" with a word of caution: he is not going to please everyone. In fact, he makes this point abundantly clear when he explains that there are trans issues he can't personally speak to, women's issues he can't rightfully construct on his own, ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Old-Deep-and-Dark

BOOK REVIEW The Old Deep and Dark - By Ellen Hart, $25.99; Minotaur Press; 296 pages Your favorite Hollywood star is in the headlines—again. By now, it shouldn't surprise you. He's in some sort of scrape a couple times a year, probably just so he can keep top-of-mind. Staying in the news: that's the way stardom works. Then again, as you'll see in the new mystery The ...


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Gerber/Hart celebrates Sandfield Exhibition Gallery - Chicago's LGBT Gerber/Hart Library and Archives unveiled the new Sandfield Exhibition Gallery at a special event April 19, 6500 N. Clark Street. The Norman L. Sandfield Charitable Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation recently donated $100,000 to Gerber/Hart, and Sandfield also gifted 50 boxes of his archival material. Some of those items are now on display in the exhibit ...


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BOOK REVIEW Frank - By Barney Frank. $28; Farrar, Strausand Giroux; 387 pages   According to what you read in the check-out line at the grocery store this week, another celebrity has released a tell-all. The thing is, you're sure nothing in it will be surprising, nor are you scandalized. Really, is anything private anymore? Can anyone keep a secret for long? Read Frank, ...


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THEATER Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson talk 'The Good Book' - A gay and a lesbian are holding court this spring and tackling one of the best-selling books of all time. The Bible is explored with the team that originally brought theater audiences the very successful An Iliad in 2012. The people behind the world premiere of The Good Book hopes for another big hit after recently opening on the South ...


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VIEWS: MOMBIAN New edition enlivens 'Two Mommies' for families today - A 25th-anniversary edition of Leslea Newman's children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, with brand-new illustrations and updated text, has given the classic new life for families today. And Newman is amazed that some of the children who read Heather when it first came out could now be reading it to their own children, she told me in an interview. The ...


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BOOKS Writer Jennifer Morales tackles racial tension - "When I got to Milwaukee in 1991, I was very puzzled, and I remained puzzled about why Milwaukee is the way it is," said writer Jennifer Morales, referring to the intense segregation that marks her adopted hometown. Segregation became the theme of Meet Me Halfway, her debut short-story collection. Morales, an out lesbian and Chicago-area transplant who became deeply invested ...


SAVOR-Sepia

SAVOR: Sepia - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Sepia ( 123 N. Jefferson St.; http://www.sepiachicago.com/ ) is one of those restaurants that epitomizes elegance. Even its website ( which currently plays Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" ) conveys its information in a graceful way. The decor is—you guessed it—casually elegant, managing to be simultaneously rustic and contemporary. ( It didn't escape either me or my photographer, though, ...


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BOOKS: Dying to Play; Ndegeocello; authors Sullivan, Conner - BOOK REVIEW Dying to Play by Mark Zubro $13.49; MLR Press; 229 pages Review by Lauren E. Childers Dying to Play is the first book in a new series by Mark Zubro that features a big-league private investigator based out of Chicago. When players on a minor-league baseball team start to receive personal threats, Mike King is initially hired to ...


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Book group thrives at Center at Halsted, looks to expand - The Gay Men's Book Group dates back about 20 years, to the Gerber/Hart Library & Archives. But for almost three years, the peer-group has called the Center on Halsted its now—with two-hour meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, starting at 7 pm. "We're a group of guys who enjoy coming together for stimulating discussions once a month, ...


Stamp-to-honor-Dr-Maya-Angelou

Stamp to honor Dr. Maya Angelou - From a press release - ( March 31, 2015 - New York, NY ) - The incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou would be turning 87 years old on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 and she'll be recognized in a big way. To celebrate the incredible life and accomplishments of this remarkable woman, The United States Postal Service will release a commemorative forever stamp on April 7th. The ...


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BOOKS Gay NU professor authors YA Holocaust novel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm an accidental everything," joked Danny M. Cohen, a Northwestern University professor who specializes in Holocaust education. "An accidental fiction writer, an accidental academic." While Cohen, author of the recent YA novel Train, dreamed of writing as child, he said he never even intended to get a master's degree. Cohen's husband is Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov—who Cohen described as ...


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Quare Square event with Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, M. Shelly Conner - From a press release - Quare Square Collective, Inc. presents a reading by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan from her debut short story collection Blue Talk and Love ( 2015 ). The event will also feature M. Shelly Conner reading an excerpt from her novel everyman. Gallery 400, located at 400 S. Peoria, will host the event from 3-5 p.m. April 11. Blue Talk and Love will ...


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Barney Frank at Center on Halsted for book promo - As part of a promotion for his book Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, former United States Congressman Barney Frank was at the Center on Halsted March 25 for a candid discussion about his life, days on Capitol Hill and opinions on LGBTQ issues including and beyond marriage-equality. Prior to the sold-out evening, Frank ...


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BOOKS Chelsey Clammer gets personal with 'BodyHome' - After honing her craft over the last several years, award-winning essayist Chelsey Clammer is out with her first collection of essays, BodyHome. Sex, addiction, mental illness and assault—she covers these and more with an honest voice that will have readers laughing at times and completely silenced at others. Windy City Times spoke with the writer about her process and the ...


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Victoria Brownworth talks Axelrod, identity and feminism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lambda Literary award-winning author Victoria Brownworth contributes regularly to a respectable arrangement of global publications, including The Advocate, SheWired, Curve, and Huffington Post. With an array of viable options from which to choose her next centerpiece, how does the self-professed "politics junkie" decide on a genre? "I believe the best literature is genre literature. I have made students gasp in ...


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BOOK REVIEW Batty Bwoy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Max-Arthur Mantle, $29.95; self-published Batty Bwoy is a coming-of-age narrative centered around Mark Palmer, a freckle-faced, effeminate Jamaican boy with a "caramel complexion" growing up surrounded by the homophobic "Boom, bye bye, battyman" dancehall anthems that dominate Jamaican culture. Setting the tone of island life, the book begins with a lot of back-story concerning Mark's mother, Daphne, and father, ...


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United States Artists: Illuminating value of artists for a decade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2003, a study by the Urban Institute found that while "96 percent of Americans appreciate the arts, paradoxically, only 27 percent believe that artists contribute to the good of society," according to the United States Artists website. Seeing a critical need "to close the gap between the love of art and the ambivalence toward those who create it," United ...


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Publishing Triangle's 27th annual Triangle Awards to be presented - From a press release - The 27th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best LGBT fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2014, will be presented on April 23, 2015, at the Auditorium of the New School ( 66 West 12th Street in New York City ) at 7 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. The Publishing Triangle, ...


27th-Annual-Lambda-Literary-Award-finalists-announced

27th Annual Lambda Literary Award finalists announced - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - or the "Lammys," as they are affectionately known - kick off another record-breaking year with today's announcement of the finalists. They were chosen from a record 818 submissions ( up from 746 last year ) from 407 publishers ( up from 352 last year ). Submissions came from major ...


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Humorous memoir 'Butch' details pregnancy woes - In her graphic memoir, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, A.K. Summers chronicles her difficult journey as a butch lesbian navigating her way through pregnancy. Summers—who also illustrated the novel—started writing it in 2005 after giving birth to her son Franklin. Despite being taken out of her comfort zone, Summers injects humor into her memoir even during some ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Escape-Artist

BOOK REVIEW The Escape Artist - By Judith Katz. $13.46; Bywater Books; 314 pages   Originally published in 1997, The Escape Artist reappears under a new publishing company with all its magic intact. A shul for whores, 1900s Buenos Aires, cross-dressing, magical tricks and a charming love story between two young Jewish women—that is the recipe concocted here and laid out in a story that provides ...


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Maya Angelou to be honored with Forever stamp - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will honor Maya Angelou — the beloved author, poet, actress and champion of equality — with a Forever Stamp. "Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word," said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. "Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, ...


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Women & Children First celebrates renovation - Andersonville business Women & Children First Books celebrated their recent major renovation of the store, including new wood floors, a new layout of sections, freshly painted walls and overall a more open floor plan. New owners Sarah Hollenbeck ( left ) and Lynn Mooney are pictured in the re-designed space. They featured music and other programming Feb. 21, and plan ...


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BOOKS 'Love Together' looks at longtime gay couples - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oconomowoc, Wisconsin—aside from having more "o's" in it than any other city in the country, it's also where Tim Clausen as called home for most of his life. The city played host to the very first screening in the world of the Wizard of Oz in 1939, and it is a fitting tribute that the sleepy bastion of Milwaukee vacation ...


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Local entertainment: Burly returns; Dudes season out; exhibits; exhibit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Library exhibit explores marriage As recognition of same-sex marriage grows, the Chicago Public Library presents "Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!," by cartoonist Jeremy Sorese. In this illustrated exhibit, Sorese, a gay man explores the idea of getting married. Selected from The Best American Comics 2013, "Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!" is on display through March 8 in the ...


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Book on bisexual men aims to fill a long-held void - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men is an anthology featuring the voices and stories of 61 cisgender and transgender bisexual, pansexual, polysexual and fluid men. The authors range in age from 20 to 77, with multiple contributors in each decade. The two steadfast editors behind the compilation are a white woman ( Robyn Ochs ) and an African-American man ( ...


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BOOK REVIEW An American Queer: The Amazon Trail - By Lee Lynch. $16.95; Bold Strokes Books; 258 pages   Ahhh—the good old days. You hear that a lot from people with short memories. Life was slower in those days—less complicated, less structured. But was it truly good? The answer isn't easy: In your life, you've seen plenty of changes, positive and negative, and so has Lee Lynch. In her ...


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BOOKS Leslea Newman gets personal with 'I Carry My Mother' - Out lesbian-feminist author and poet Leslea Newman didn't plan to pen a formal book of poetry, but sometimes in life the things left unplanned are the most rewarding. "In my old age I have become a formalist, which is very surprising to many people especially me, because I studied with The Beats, Allen Ginsberg was my mentor, and we really ...


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ANTHOLOGY REVIEW Off the Rocks, Vol. 18 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Edited by Allison Fradkin, $13; New Town. Writers Press; 136 pages This edition of the annual Off the Rocks anthology did not fail to live up to its standard of high-quality queer literature. The collection is emblazoned with poetry and prose written to depict "what a difference gay makes," ( introduction ). The stories encapsulate many different walks of queer ...


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Queer writer presents at Noche de Cuentos - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer children's author Maya Gonzales took part in Noche De Cuentos as part of the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Upper Wacker Dr.. Gonzales read from four of her books, including the most recent, Call Me Tree, and anthology-in-progress Whale Heart. "Everyone is a storyteller," she told the audience, and urged attendees to ...


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Queer children's book author Gonzalez creates gender-neutral character - Queer children's book author and illustrator Maya Christina Gonzalez did something unique with her third picture book; she didn't specify the main character's gender in the story. Gonzalez has illustrated more than 20 children's books during her two decade long career, and in 2007 she began writing her own stories as well. Gonzalez said the decision to write a story ...


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BOOKS 'Boystown' moves from online to print - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Jake Biondi set out to begin writing Boystown in the summer of 2013, his intention was to make it an online serial—the continuing story of the exploits of his characters released chapter by chapter. However, given the immediate popularity of the series, Biondi has not only released Boystown as an online serial, but now has two print editions of ...


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Obama part of new edition of Rustin's writings - Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin - Barack Obama and Barney Frank add their words of wisdom to the new edition of Bayard Rustin's Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin with a foreword and afterword, respectively. Frank is known for being the first openly gay Congressman; also, he married his partner in his last year in office. "Bayard would be very proud to ...







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