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BOOK-REVIEW-Surpassing-Certainty-By-Janet-Mock

BOOK REVIEW Surpassing Certainty By Janet Mock - $24.99; Atria; 228 pages When you were 20, you wanted only to impress. If people looked at you, wasn't that good? You wanted to be seen, watched, adored by those you saw as desirable. But what, exactly, did you want people to notice? Was it your hair, your body or, as in Surpassing Certainty, by Janet Mock, was the whole ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Hunger-by-Roxane-Gay

BOOK REVIEW Hunger by Roxane Gay - $25.99, Harper, 306 pages Roxane Gay's Hunger is one of the most plainspoken books about trauma ever written. Up until this point, the celebrated writer often explores her gang rape at the age of 12 by neighborhood boys obliquely, in fiction. Rarely has she written about the event as it happened, or its consequences. Gay felt the need to ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Transitioning-Together

BOOK REVIEW Transitioning Together - By Wenn and Beatrice Lawson. $19.95; Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 214 pages Your hair is grayer than it was back then. You've both packed on pounds here and there, too. A few wrinkles surround your smiles, but that's okay—you're not fresh-faced kids anymore. You've aged, you've softened and, in the new book Transitioning Together, by Wenn and Beatrice Lawson, you've ...


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BOOKS The random history of Judy Wieder - Anyone reading Judy Wieder's memoir, Random Events Tend to Cluster, would conclude that the former editor-in-chief of the Advocate has lived an incredible, unpredictable life. Wieder got her start in media by faking her way into a copywriting position at a third-rate musical instrument company in '60s New York, and making a career transition into gossip magazines. A white lesbian ...


-Vibrators-and-Vino-Feminist-Evening-with-Vibrator-Nation-author-Lynn-Comella

Vibrators and Vino: Feminist Evening with Vibrator Nation author Lynn Comella - From an Eary to Bed press release - The Chicago book launch for author Lynn Comella's new book Vibrator Nation, detailing the fascinating history of how stores like Early to Bed set the sex-toy industry abuzz, will be Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at 5044 N Clark St. The event is free. Come mingle, drink wine, and take part in a lively Q&A about how sex-positive stores changed ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Vampires-Protege

BOOK REVIEW The Vampire's Protege - By Damian Serbu. $13.99; Ninestar Press; 296 pages Charon is young, attractive, gay ... and calloused to the point of narcissism. Men are his prey, but Charon's brash personality leads him to become prey himself one night when singled out by a vampire in a Wilton Manors gay bar. Styx's plan: to enter Charon in a competition to become ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Hope-Store

BOOK REVIEW The Hope Store - By Dwight Okita. $13.95; Createspace; 256 pages. Imagine if hope was a tangible thing, a commodity to be bought and sold. Local author Dwight Okita imagines a slightly altered reality where a Hope Store—part medical clinic, part relaxation studio—is open in Andersonville. His story is told from the perspectives of Jada, a woman literally born without hope, and Luke, the ...


MOMBIAN-2017-gift-guide-to-books-for-LGBTQ-families

MOMBIAN 2017 gift guide to books for LGBTQ families - This year saw a terrific crop of books for and about LGBTQ families. Here are some of my favorites. Children's books The grande dame of LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books, Lesléa Newman ( author of Heather Has Two Mommies ), this year applied her sparkling prose to Sparkle Boy, about a gender creative boy who loves glittery things. His parents and ...


The-Reindeer-Conundrum-Part-One

The Reindeer Conundrum: Part One - WRITTEN by MaRK ZUBRO; ILLUSTRATED BY W.S. REED - The Reindeer Conundrum, written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed, is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


The-Reindeer-Conundrum-Part-Two

The Reindeer Conundrum Part Two - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


The-Reindeer-Conundrum-Part-Three

The Reindeer Conundrum Part Three - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


The-Reindeer-Conundrum-Part-Four

The Reindeer Conundrum Part Four - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


The-Reindeer-Conundrum-Part-Five

The Reindeer Conundrum Part Five - The Reindeer Conundrum written by Mark Zubro and illlustrated by W.S. Reed is a Christmas story with a message from the very heart of the holiday. It appears in the anthology Shifting Through the Snow from MLRpress. These are shifter stories connected with the holidays. We'll be serializing it in our online editions for the next five weeks. Beginning December ...


Engaging-Prospective-Transgender-Non-Binary-Foster-and-Adoptive-Parents-a-new-guide

Engaging Prospective Transgender, Non-Binary Foster and Adoptive Parents, a new guide - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, released Promising Practices for Serving Transgender & Non-Binary Foster & Adoptive Parents, a groundbreaking new guide designed to help foster care and adoption agencies recruit, certify and support qualified transgender and non-binary adults to become resource parents for young people who need safe, welcoming homes. "With more than 100,000 ...


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Awa Tsireh paintings, metalworks exhibit in Arizona - From a press release - The unique collection of work by San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh ( also known as Alfonso Roybal and Cat Tail Bird ) is now open to the public in the Heard Museum's Jacobson Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the first exhibition, open through July 2018, features his paintings and metalwork together. Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith will draw ...


Change-Over-Time-Journal-calls-for-LGBTQ-papers

Change Over Time Journal calls for LGBTQ papers - From a Change Over Time press release - Change Over Time, a semiannual journal publishing original articles on the history, theory, and praxis of conservation and the built environment, is calling for submissions for a special issue, to be published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In spite of the immense historic and cultural contributions of LGBTQ Americans, the LGBTQ community at large is ...


World-news-Theologian-Gaydar-co-founder-die-crocodile-hunter

World news: Theologian, Gaydar co-founder die, crocodile hunter - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gregory Baum—who as a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council was one of the drafters of the conciliar document Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, which repudiated anti-Semitism—died Oct. 18 in Montreal at 94, NCROnline.com noted. A former Augustinian priest, Baum served the church as a theologian, sociologist, professor, author, journalist and ...


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Marriage Equality USA publishes The People's Victory - From a press release - New York, NY - Marriage Equality USA ( MEUSA ) announces the release of an inspiring new book of essays showcasing the organization's unwavering efforts to help bring marriage protections to same-sex couples throughout the United States. Told through the eyes of dozens of ordinary LGBTQ Americans who joined an extraordinary movement, "The People's Victory: Stories From the Front Lines ...


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Reyna Ortiz book release highlights Vives Q event - Vives Q presented the final edition of its First Tuesday series for 2017 with a special book-release celebration Nov. 7 for trans activist and health/HIV educator Reyna Ortiz' memoir, T Stands for Truth: In Search of the Queen (Trans Fusions Publishing). Ortiz not only spoke about her story in conversation with moderator Emmanuel Garcia, but was later joined by her ...


Unabridged-to-host-essayists-Nov-9

Unabridged to host essayists Nov. 9 - Essayist David Lazar will be launching his third collection, I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms ( Nebraska ) at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, on Thursday, Nov. 9, 7-8 p.m. Lazar considers death, sex, bowling, popular music and the essay in this latest book. Also appearing will be Toni Nealie, author of The Miles Between Us ( Curbside Splendor ...


Homocore-marks-25th-anniversary

Homocore marks 25th anniversary - On Nov. 2-4, founders Joanna Brown and Mark Freitas marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of Homocore Chicago with a three-day retrospective exhibit at Defibrillator Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave. The exhibit included rare photographs, vintage zines, live performances, film screenings from past concert events and a closing-night party featuring DJ Larissa. In November 1992, Freitas and Brown launched ...


Professor-writer-Danny-Cohen-featured-at-Holocaust-museum-event

Professor/writer Danny Cohen featured at Holocaust museum event - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ( USHMM ) Midwest regional office hosted a talk featuring Northwestern University and Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies professor, Unsilence founder, human rights artist and novelist Danny M. Cohen Nov. 2 at Sidetrack. Cohen's historical fiction novel, "Train," focuses on the voices of unheard victims of Nazism including homosexuals, Roma and ...


Brick-by-Brick-Gerber-Hart-fall-fundraiser-delivers-in-a-new-location

Brick by Brick, Gerber/Hart fall fundraiser delivers in a new location - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Sydney Boles - The board of directors of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives hosted "Brick by Brick" on Nov. 4, its first fall fundraiser to expand the Midwest's largest LGBTQ archive. Event co-chairs Bill Bergfalk and Roland Hansen brought the evening to life. Funds raised are set to be spent on increasing programs like book clubs and game nights, but also continuing the massive ...


BOOKS-Rewriting-Vivian-Maier-Book-uncovers-more-on-mystery-photographer

BOOKS Rewriting Vivian Maier: Book uncovers more on mystery photographer - Vivian Maier's photographs elevated a woman thought merely to be a reclusive former suburban nanny into an international phenomenon. Her life was presented as a mystery; her work, miraculous. None of this impressed Northwestern University photography professor Pamela Bannos when she took her class to see the first show of Maier's work at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2011. "It ...


Trans-leader-Reyna-Ortiz-on-new-book-being-prom-queen

Trans leader Reyna Ortiz on new book, being prom queen - Trans Latinx activist and advocate Reyna Ortiz's upcoming book, "T: Stands for Truth," will be released Nov. 7. "It is about my life and experiences as a trans Latina living in Chicago," said Ortiz. "From sex work to social work, telling my story is obviously really personal. But, I wanted it to be truthful. So many trans women are living ...


Cleve-Jones-event-Nov-6-at-Sidetrack

Cleve Jones event Nov. 6 at Sidetrack - Legendary AIDS and LGBT-rights activist Cleve Jones will be at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Monday, Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m. He will be promoting his book, When We Rise. Jones joined the gay-rights movement in the early 1970s. LGBT activist Harvey Milk was Jones' mentor, and he worked in Milk's City Hall office as a student intern until Milk's ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Subject-to-Change-Trans-Poetry-and-Conversation

BOOK REVIEW Subject to Change: Trans Poetry and Conversation - Edited by H. Melt. $17, Sibling Rivalry Press, 110 pages In some ways, Subject To Change, the new collection of trans and gender-nonconforming poets assembled by Chicagoan H. Melt ( the recent winner of the Judith Markovitz Emerging Writers Award from Lambda Literary ), is brief, numbering 110 pages. However, you wouldn't know it; the poetry inside is expansive in ...


Smith-Ewing-at-WCF-on-Nov-4-

Smith, Ewing at W&CF on Nov. 4 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., will host poets Danez Smith and Eve Ewing on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. The two authors will be reading from their recently released collections—Don't Call Us Dead ( Smith ) and Electric Arches ( Ewing ). Smith, who lives in Minneapolis, is the author of [insert] boy, winner of the ...


Brick-by-Brick-event-to-celebrate-saving-and-growing-LGBTQ-history

Brick by Brick event to celebrate saving and growing LGBTQ history - From a press release - The Board of Directors of Gerber Hart Library and Archives announce the return of the Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Gerber Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St, Second Floor. Event Co-Chairs Bill Bergfalk and Roland Hansen promise an evening of fun, food and drink, and music and dancing. There will ...


Ultimate-Guide-for-Gay-Dads-out-now

'Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads' out now - Best-selling author Eric Rosswood has now released his newest book, The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads. According to a press release, "The Ultimate Guide for Gay Dads covers all the essential things that other parenting books do, but removes the pieces that focus on mothers and replaces them with information relevant to gay dads." Some of the topics covered in ...


VIEWS-Banning-LGBTQ-childrens-books-will-not-erase-us

VIEWS Banning LGBTQ+ children's books will not erase us - Visibility sends a positive message of inclusion. Nowhere is this more important than in childhood. Seeing images and hearing stories reflective of a child's family structure, life history, perceptions, gender identity and, yes, struggles affirm a child's sense of belonging. As a same-sex coupled parent, I look for opportunities where my children can see themselves reflected in the world around ...


Animal-rights-activist-on-inspiring-compassion

Animal-rights activist on inspiring compassion - by Sydney Boles - Nathan Runkle is the founder and executive director of Mercy for Animals, a nonprofit he founded at the age of 15 to prevent cruelty to animals and promote compassionate food choices and policies. He is the author of the compelling new book, Mercy for Animals, and he spoke with Windy City Times about how being a gay man informed his ...


BOOKS-Maj-Margaret-Witt-finds-strength-to-TELL-all

BOOKS Maj. Margaret Witt finds strength to 'TELL' all - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I just don't feel right calling you 'Margie,'" this writer to Maj. Margaret Witt said before taking the stage with her at Seattle's Museum of Flight to discuss her memoir, TELL: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights. She replied, "You can call me by my full name then—once." And just like that, Margie ...


Chicago-authors-at-Unabriged-Bookstore

Chicago authors at Unabriged Bookstore - From a press release - Celebrated essayist David Lazar will be launching his third collection, I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms( Nebraska, 2017 ) at Unabridged Bookstore, Inc, in Chicago, Thursday, Nov. 9, 7-8 p.m. Lazar considers death, sex, bowling, popular music, and the essay in this latest book. David Lazar will be joined by Toni Nealie, author of The Miles Between Us ( ...


BOOKS-New-collection-shows-spectrum-of-LGBTQ-talent

BOOKS New collection shows spectrum of LGBTQ talent - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Kathleen Archambeau started planning out the collection of profiles that would become Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons, and Everyday Heroes, she knew what she didn't want to do. "I really wanted to do something different than what has been done before," said Archambeau, a longtime writer. "There have been many anthologies of black lesbian writers. There have been ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Youre-in-the-Wrong-Bathroom-And-20-Other-Myths

BOOK REVIEW 'You're in the Wrong Bathroom!' And 20 Other Myths... - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R $16; Beacon Press; 182 pages In 2017, a book about myths and misconceptions about trans people could seem like a tool mostly useful for those outside the LGBTQ community. That would be a misconception, too. In just 182 admittedly often heady yet still readable pages, You're in the Wrong Bathroom smartly ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Happy hours - One day, out of the blue, I received an email from well-respected writer Renee Bess. In her thoughtful, elegant style, she asked if I would be interested in working together to produce an anthology about the role gay bars have played in our lives. I was on board before I finished reading. A gay bar anthology, I immediately thought, was ...


BOOKS-Self-made-woman-Talking-with-Denise-Chanterelle-Dubois

BOOKS Self-made woman: Talking with Denise Chanterelle Dubois - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Milwaukee-born transgender actress and businesswoman Denise Chanterelle Dubois has penned a frank and fearless new memoir entitled, Self-Made Woman about her long journey to self-acceptance and her eventual gender confirmation surgery in 2003 at age 50. Along the road, in an effort to fight the gender dysphoria she had felt since the age of 4, Denise ( as Dennis ) ...


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Sandberg Awards Oct. 11 at The Forum - The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library will present the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood ( The Handmaid's Tale ) and Dave Eggers ( A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius ) at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wed., Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at The Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Journalist ...


BOOKS-New-memoir-reveals-Armistead-Maupins-true-tales-of-the-city

BOOKS New memoir reveals Armistead Maupin's true tales of the city - Armistead Maupin spent four decades creating memorable characters in his Tales of the City novels but it's real-life individuals like Rock Hudson that kindle his new memoir Logical Family—illuminating the coming of age and coming out story of one of America's most indelible authors. In anticipation of the release of Logical Family: A Memoir on Tuesday, Oct. 3, Windy City ...


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MOMBIAN Showcasing images, experiences of people with LGBTQ parents - Award-winning photographer Gabriela Herman knew that for her new book, The Kids: The Children of LGBTQ Parents in the USA, "the images would be portraits of the children, with no one else in them." She wanted to show what life with LGBTQ parents "is like through their eyes." That vision has given us a striking, powerful book of 75 images ...


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Kenny Fries and Susan Nussbaum at Access Living Oct. 12 - Access Living hosts "A Reading by Kenny Fries and Conversation with Susan Nussbaum" Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., 115 W. Chicago Ave. Kenny Fries will read from his new memoir In the Province of the Gods, IN and talk with Susan R. Nussbaum, author of Good Kings Bad Kings, at Access Living of Metro Chicago. Kenny Fries is the author ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Gay-Preachers-Wife

BOOK REVIEW The Gay Preacher's Wife - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Lydia Meredith. $16; Gallery Books; 244 pages The flowers were a very nice touch. They greeted you from the kitchen counter just as you got home, and were followed by a romantic dinner, candlelight conversation, and a quiet evening at home. It was a gift from your spouse, who often has many surprises for you. But, as in the ...


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Cupich invites author of LGBT book for Chicago talk - Cardinal Blase Cupich has asked Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest who is author of a controversial book about LGBT Catholics, to speak at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago during Lent early next year. The invitation was first reported in Chicago Sun-Times on Sept. 26. Martin's book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH Stonewall strong - Below is an excerpt from Stonewall Strong: Gay Men's Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health and a Strong Community, by John-Manuel Andriote. The book will publish Oct. 8 by Rowman & Littlefield; www.stonewallstrong.com. In 1961, Frank Kameny and Washington, D.C., native Jack Nichols organized the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., an affiliate of Harry Hay's original group in Los Angeles ...


Initiative-launched-to-chronicle-LGBTQ-community-history

Initiative launched to chronicle LGBTQ+ community, history - From a press release - New York, New York - September 28, 2017 - Chronicle, the new collaborative visual storytelling platform, has launched an initiative to crowdsource stories from LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations, creating a chronicle to tell the bigger story and visual history of the community. People and organizations add photographs with descriptive details directly to the LGBTQ+ chronicle ( currently 1948 - present ...


Banned-Books-Week-through-Sept-30-celebrates-power-of-words

Banned Books Week, through Sept. 30, celebrates power of words - From a press release - Libraries, bookstores and schools are marking Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-30, as an opportunity to celebrate the power of words to open minds with new and diverse viewpoints, even those some people might find offensive. During the week, thousands of libraries, bookstores, schools and theaters host events that focus on the dangers of censorship and celebrate the right to choose ...


UnMasked-going-into-gold-edition

'UnMasked' going into gold edition - The book UnMasked—with Lee Roberts and Donna Kshir as author, and with Chicago advocate, public speaker and survivor Patrick Dati on the cover—is going into a gold edition. A press release said the goal of the book "was to unmask some of the most prominent advocates from around the globe, as an individual, in a personal light with their family, ...


Belmont-Rocks-project-planned

Belmont Rocks project planned - The Belmont Rocks played an undeniably important part in the LGBTQ community's history and in the lives of many LGBTQ Chicagoans. "The Rocks" were "a place to call our own—a place of celebrations and partying, of social and sexual encounters, a place of artwork, memorials, cookouts, unions, and so much more. A place to do nothing or do everything. The ...


Sixth-Annual-Chicago-Book-Expo-to-features-First-Chicago-Architecture-Book-Festival

Sixth Annual Chicago Book Expo to features First Chicago Architecture Book Festival - From a press release - The Sixth Annual Chicago Book Expo ( www.chicagobookexpo.org ) will be held at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, on Sunday, October 1, 2017, noon-5pm. The event is free and open to the public. The Chicago Book Expo is the leading free literary event of the autumn in Chicago. This year includes the first-ever Chicago Architecture Book Festival, a partner event ...


Women-Children-First-Books-to-host-October-ticketed-events-author-talks-

Women & Children First Books to host October ticketed events, author talks - From a Women & Children First press release - Women & Children First will host events in October for some of the biggest books of the season: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, the paperback release of The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco, and Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith. Details below and in at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Nicole-Krauss—Jennifer-Egan—NASTY-WOMEN—Brit-Bennett—-Isabel-Allende-at-Women—-Children-First-.html?soid=1101357241095&aid=bC85MPUkKYk . Tickets for ...


Speakers-announced-For-Chicago-Ideas-Week-Oct-16-22

Speakers announced For Chicago Ideas Week Oct. 16-22 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The lineup for the largest affordable ideas festival in the world — Chicago Ideas Week ( CIW ) — has officially been released with member tickets on sale now atChicagoIdeas.com . The seventh annual program from Oct. 16-22 will feature more than 150 events on topics ranging from the state of our union to ...


Downers-Grove-council-ousts-library-trustee-after-alleged-anti-LGBT-remarks-

Downers Grove council ousts library trustee after alleged anti-LGBT remarks - The Downers Grove Village Council unanimously voted Sept. 5 to remove Arthur Jaros, a member of the Downers Grove Public Library's Board of Trustees, after that member allegedly expressed anti-LGBT viewpoints during a trustees meeting. "I think we took the appropriate action to remove Mr. Jaros from the library board," Village Commissioner Greg Hosé told Windy City Times. Hosé filed ...


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Downers Grove pol moves to oust Library Board member after anti-gay remarks - Downers Grove Village Commissioner Greg Hosé announced Aug. 29 that he had submitted a new business item at the village council's next meeting—scheduled for Sept. 5—calling for the removal of Library Board Trustee Arthur Jaros. Hosé said on a Facebook post he was calling for the Jaros' removal after reports that Jaros had made anti-gay and other discriminatory remarks at ...


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West Chicago library votes to keep LGBT book - The West Chicago Public Library Board of Trustees voted 6-1 Aug. 28 to retain the children's book This Day in June—both in the library and in its current location—after some patrons asked that the book be removed. Numerous community members attended the meeting, a video of which was posted to Facebook by the journalism collective Truth Against the Machine, to ...


Women-Children-First-Books-hosts-authors-book-groups-in-September

Women & Children First Books hosts authors, book groups in September - From a press release - Women & Children First is an independant bookstore with focus on the interests of feminists and children and offering regular author appearances and events since 1979. The store is at 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago. Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 Infinite Genders Poetry Reading Infinite Genders is a compilation of poems written by the mentors, mentees, and facilitators from ...


Civil-Liberties-writing-performance-workshop-to-planned-by-Goodman-Alphawood

Civil Liberties writing, performance workshop to planned by Goodman, Alphawood - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) Goodman Theatre is proud to continue its collaboration with Chicago's Alphawood Gallery with the new writing workshop series, "I am the Darker Brother: Demonization and the Demise of Civil Liberties," this fall. Led by Chicago-based teaching artist Deb Lewis, participants use Langston Hughes' poem, "I, Too" as inspiration to explore what being an "American" means, and ...


Own-voices-panel-on-LGBTQIA-mystery-writing-Sept-28

'Own voices' panel on LGBTQIA mystery writing Sept. 28 - From a press release - Center on Halsted/Mystery Writers of America host a panel of Mystery Writers of America, Midwest Chapter authors who write LGBTQIA-focused novels to raise funds for Center on Halsted Sept. 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m., 3656 N Halsted, Chicago. The panel consists of Ohio debut author Kristen Lepionka, whose The Last Place You Look is getting a lot of buzz, as well ...


BOOKS-Author-explores-truth-about-friends-death

BOOKS Author explores truth about friend's death - In this nonfiction mystery, author Kevin Troxall revisits his hometown is Glasgow, Kentucky, to uncover the truth about the death of his childhood friend, Scotty Martin. The murder of Martin seemed to be a hate crime against Martin's homosexuality. Troxall decided to uncover the truth about Martin's death and the corruption and homophobia that led it to be unsolved. Windy ...


Margaret-Atwood-Dave-Eggers-to-be-honored-with-Carl-Sandburg-awards-Oct-11

Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers to be honored with Carl Sandburg awards Oct. 11 - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library will present the annualCarl Sandburg Literary Awards to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood ( "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Blind Assassin," "Hag-Seed," "MaddAddam" trilogy, ) and Dave Eggers ( "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," "Zeitoun," "A Hologram for the King," "Heroes of the Frontier," "The Circle" ) at the Carl ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Beast-

BOOK REVIEW Beast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Brie Spangler. Read by Andrew Eiden, $34.95; Blackstone Audio, Inc.; seven CDs In its most basic description, it's a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it's a muscle—a dub-thumping, miraculous group of cells that was beating when you were born, due to simple electrical activity. It's just a muscle, although in the audiobook ...


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BOOKS Riki Wilchins discusses trans movement memoir - Riki Wilchins founded the first national transgender advocacy group GenderPAC in 1996. She is currently the executive director of the True Child organization, a philanthropic effort leading the way in gender studies and trainings. The 65-year-old Lambda Literary Award winner may be a leader in transactivism now, but it didn't start out that way. Wilchins was in search of transactivism ...


BOOKS-Achy-Obejas-talks-The-Tower-of-the-Antilles

BOOKS Achy Obejas talks 'The Tower of the Antilles' - Achy Obejas' new collection, The Tower of the Antilles, is a definitive introduction to the often poetic Cuban-American writer. Though the stories come from all different places in Obejas' writing career, they are united by their exquisite language and loving exploration of character. "I've never curated a book quite like I've curated this one," Obejas told Windy City Times. "At ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Last

BOOK REVIEW The Last - Place You Look. By Kristen Lepionka. $25.99; Minotaur Books; 321 pages Brad Stockton's life is on the line. After being convicted of murdering his high school girlfriend's parents on the same night that she, Sarah Cook, mysteriously disappeared, Brad was sentenced to death. With his execution quickly approaching, Brad's doting sister Danielle is desperate and convinced of his innocence. Swearing ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Book of Love and Hate - By Lauren Sanders, $15.95; Akashic Books; 299 pages After a disappointing end to her Olympic speed-skating career, Jennifer Baron took over her wealthy family's business. While struggling with alcoholism and the stress of her new role, even more is added to her plate when her billionaire father mysteriously disappears. Unsure if she'll find him on the run from the ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Ada Decades - By Paula Martinac. $9.99; Bywater Books; 331 pages As a romance, The Ada Decades fits the "new girl comes to town" category. In this case, Ada Shook, from rural North Carolina, is the new librarian at her hometown middle school in 1957. Cam Lively, on the other hand, has been teaching there for three years, but has many things she ...


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BOOKS Lillian Faderman: Trailblazer reflects on her legacy - Lillian Faderman, a scholar of LGBTQ history best known for her work on lesbian culture, remembers what inspired her to begin writing about lesbian life through the ages. "I think I wouldn't have had the courage to start if it hadn't been for the lesbian feminist movement," Faderman explained. "I think what really told me that I could do this, ...


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Local author/historian Owen Keehnen out with two new novels - From a press release - Local author/historian Owen Keehnen has recently published two new novels, The Matinee Idol and Love Underground. Both books are available at online sources as well as at Unabridged Books ( 3251 N. Broadway ) for $16. Silent era Hollywood provides the backdrop for the historic M/M romance, The Matinee Idol. At the height of the roaring 1920s, Raymond Richmond leaves ...


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BOOKS Biography spotlights poet Elizabeth Bishop's queer past - Elizabeth Bishop's name and work dots English textbooks, and "the art of losing" is one of the most familiar lines of poetry in the language. But collections of Bishop's work are oddly hard to come by; her life remains even less discussed. It might surprise casual readers to learn Bishop had significant long-term relationships with women. Most of Bishop's published ...


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Alison Cuddy named CHF head - The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) has announced Alison Cuddy as the newest Marilynn Thoma artistic director. Cuddy, formerly CHF's associate artistic director, will transition into the position beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1. Cuddy is already at work preparing CHF's 2018 Springfest and Fallfest themes. Cuddy spent more than 10 years at WBEZ 91.5 FM, producing the nationally syndicated program ...


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Andersonville hosting new shopping series - The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) has launched "Andersonville First Fridays," with the next event happening Friday, Aug. 4, 6-10 p.m. In an effort to promote local shopping and dining, businesses will keep their doors open late to welcome visitors with promotions, refreshments, and special experiences on the first Friday of each month. Some of the businesses involved ...


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Five Worth Finding: Invasion of the Pines book, culinary Gauguin special and more - —Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem: Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem is a 148-page collection of photographs taken by photographer Susan Kravitz over the past three decades at the annual LGBTQ event known as the Invasion of the Pines. ( Invasion of the Pines occurs every Fourth of July, and involves participants from the Fire Island communities of Cherry Grove and Fire Island ...


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W&CF event revolves around author Gwendolyn Brooks - On July 13, Women & Children First bookstore hosted a reading and panel discussion of Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. This year marks the 100th birthday of the late Chicago poet. The book is an anthology composed of numerous poems by several different poets, as well as visual art depicting Brooks' life. Four of the ...


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BOOKS Steven Gaines explores memories in 'One of These Things First' - Steven Gaines is an openly gay author who has written several best-sellers. In his most recent project, One of These Things First, Gaines goes down memory lane as he recounts growing up in Brooklyn as a young Jewish boy struggling with homosexuality. Windy City Times: Can you explain the title of your book for our readers? Steven Gaines: It's the ...


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BOOK Raising the Transgender Child - By Dr. Michele Angello and Alisa Bowman, $17; Seal Press; 275 pages Your preschooler has always had an active imagination. Flights of fancy and dress-up fill his days. She's rough-and-tumble, a scrapper in her mind. Make-believe has always been a big part in your child's life but now you're hearing something you know in your heart is not pretend—and ...







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