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  CAKE offering minicomic award

Organizers of next year's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) are now accepting applications for the fifth annual Cupcake Award. The Cupcake Award is a juried prize that supports the publication of a new minicomic ...


  NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Author Andrew Solomon part of 'Far From the Tree' documentary

Author Andrew Solomon's best-selling book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity has now inspired a movie. The book showed 300 cases of families in which the parents and children were vastly ...


  Lambda Literary forms new council

As it celebrates its 30th year, Lambda Literary has announced the formation of its first-ever Leadership Council—a group of LGBTQ writers, cultural figures and benefactors who will advise and advocate for the organization. The Lambda Literary ...


  BOOK REVIEW Blame It on Bianca Del Rio

By Bianca Del Rio $21.99; Dey Street Books; 272 pages You have no rope left. You were at the end of yours last week, and you need help. Advice. Tell-me-what-to-do direction. Even a little hint would ...


  Duane Cerny on new book, antiques and Gwendolyn Brooks

When Duane Cerny was a child, his favorite place to hang out was in his parents basement because it was filled with '50s-era furniture from their first apartment in Rogers Park. "My parents preferred buying new ...


  BOOK REVIEW The Lotterys Plus One

By Emma Donoghue, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono $17.99; Arthur A. Levine Books; 320 pages. Move over. You're taking up too much space. There'd be enough seats if you didn't have two of them, so skootch down. ...


  Book by trans activist Precious Brady-Davis acquired by TOPPLE books, Amazon publishing

TOPPLE Books, led by Editor-at-Large Jill Soloway, has acquired world rights for its first two titles. TOPPLE Books spotlights the voices of women of color and gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer writers. I Have ...


  Local historian seeks memories of '70s, '80s

Grassroots historian Owen Keehnen is currently working on a book entitled The Legend of the Bearded Lady, which will capture the life and times of the noted Chicago performer of the 1970s and '80s as well ...


  'Pioneers & Playboys' Aug. 10

"Pioneers & Playboys: Gay FTM's Then & Now" will take place Friday, Aug. 10, 7-9 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. This will be a trans-focused book reading with the author, co-editor and ...


  Local historian seeks 70s memories

Grassroots historian Owen Keehnen is currently working on a book entitled The Legend of the Bearded Lady, which will capture the life and times of the noted Chicago performer of the 1970s-80s as well as the ...


  Women & Children First Books sets August and fall events

Annual Member's Sale Monday July 30 - Sunday August 5 It's time for our Annual Member Sale, when we say THANK YOU to all of you who choose to become members of Women & Children ...


  HRC Foundation Releases Asian American, Pacific Islanders Coming Out Resource

From a press release

WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, released Coming Out: Living Authentically as ...


  BOOK REVIEW The Corner Queen

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Noah McCarthy

By Carlos T. Mock, MD Floricanto Press The Corner Queen—"La Loca de La Esquina": A Romance and a Revolution, by local author Carlos T. Mock, MD, is a fictionalized reimagining of Puerto Rico's PRNP revolts, a ...


  BOOKS 45 years ago, talking UpStairs tragedy with Robert W. Fieseler

On June 24, 1973, an act of arson claimed the lives of 32 people at the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans. In his new book, Tinderbox, author and historian Robert W. Fieseler has ...


  Gerber/Hart annual book sale July 21

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., will hold its annual book sale Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the atrium. The sale includes LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction books, videos and erotica. ...


  BOOK REVIEW Tomorrow Will Be Different

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

By Sarah McBride $26; Crown Archetype; 288 pages Things are never as bad as they seem. There's always a brighter spot if you just look for it—always something to be thankful for, a way of making ...


  MCA program reads into 'Queer Narratives'

Technology and the queer community were the topics of conversation at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago's "Queer Narratives with Zach Stafford and Jack Halberstam" program on July 15. Stafford is the editor-in-chief ...


  WCT looking for stories from 1968

Windy City Tines plans to examine what happened precisely 50 years ago—in 1968—and is looking for stories from LGBT individuals who were in Chicago at that time to shed light on what the climate was during ...


  National LGBT Media Association Announces 2018 Ad POP Awards

From a press release

The National LGBT Media Association ( NGMA ) has announced its third annual Ad POP award winners, including Illinois Office of Tourism and many top corporate brand names. NGMA member papers have each selected one top ...



Special to the online edition of Windy City Times Review by Ashley Collins

To begin, Genius is a crazily illustrated work of art that tells the story between two individuals who both have an unpredictable appreciation for writing, film production, and screening movies—but their relationship also has many twists ...


  Golden Crown Literary Society Awards Include Dorothy Allison, Elana Dykewomon

From a press release

LAS VEGAS, NV - On Saturday, July 7, 2018, the Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ), the nation's only lesbian literary organization whose mission is education and the promotion and recognition of lesbian literature, announced ...


  ESPN's Body Issue features first same-sex couple

For the first time since ESPN Magazine released its first Body Issue in 2009, the magazine will feature a same-sex couple on the cover, The Seattle Times noted. Sports power couple Sue Bird, of the the ...


  BOOKS Thomas Garguilo talks 'Stonewall Revival,' partner

When Thomas Garguilo retired from a 30-year marketing career at Philip Morris, husband Ron Leone encouraged him to try new things. "He knew I enjoyed writing and pushed me to give it a shot," said Garguilo. ...


  Women & Children First July events to include annual used book sale

From a press release

July at Women & Children First brings Annual Used Book Sale & Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt! Plus, author events with bestselling authors Ottessa Moshfegh and Porochista Khakpour July 1st through 21st Annual Neighborhood-wide Where's Waldo ...


  BOOKS Jim Elledge spills 'Fairy Town' secrets at Unabridged

Gay history descended upon Lake View's Unabridged Bookstore June 20, when Unabridged employee and local historian Owen Keehnen interviewed Jim Elledge, the author of the recently released Boys of Fairy Town. The book is a comprehensive ...


  President Bill Clinton reveals turn as mystery writer in visit


Former President Bill Clinton came to Chicago's Auditorium Theatre on June 21 to discuss his newest accomplishment, the publication of The President is Missing, a mystery-thriller co-authored by James Patterson. Although he may not be as ...


  BOOKS Roxane Gay talks sexual violence, writing advice in Chicago visit

Author Roxane Gay made an appearance at City Winery June 19 to promote her paperback releases of Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture and Hunger: A Memoir of ( My ) Body. The event, which ...


  BOOKS Rebecca Makkai on 'The Great Believers,'Chicago, Paris and AIDS

More than half of The Great Believers takes place in Chicago during the height of the AIDS epidemic. As someone without first hand experience of the disease or the place, author Rebecca Makkai threw herself into ...


  BOOK REVIEW The Trauma Cleaner

By Sarah Krasnostein. $26.99; St. Martin's Press; 291 pages Wash your hands thoroughly. That's good advice, no matter where you are. At the risk of sounding germophobic, you never know what lurked on that which you ...


  DOUBLE BOOK REVIEW Hiding Out and Dad 1, Dad 2

Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives By Tina Alexis Allen $26.99; Dey St. Books/ Harper Collins; 275 pages Dad #1, Dad #2: A Queerspawn View from the Closet By Natalie Perry ...


  'Bewildered' author Ron Weaver remembered

In his program notes for the 2017 Hell in a Handbag production Bewildered—a musical parody of Bewitched told from the vantage point of nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz—playwright Ron Weaver wrote of his two things he loved ...


  Cards Against Humanity Releases Pride-themed Expansion Pack

From a press release

CHICAGO — Cards Against Humanity announced today a new "Pride Pack," an expansion pack that contains 30 new cards about queer culture. "As a member of the queer community, it means so much to me when ...


  BOOKS New 'Fairy Town' book examines Chicago's pre-WWII gay life

Some might think gay history begins in New York with Stonewall, but not Jim Elledge. In his new book, The Boys of Fairy Town, historian Elledge documents gay male life in Chicago from Edgewater to the ...


  Children's Museum hosts drag queens on Family Equality Day

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A packed crowd of pudgy-faced kiddos accessorized in handmade rainbow-beaded bracelets and PFLAG identity pins waved rainbow flags high above their heads, beaming with pride as they danced to live music and listened to Storytime with ...


  BOOK REVIEW Tough Mothers

By Jason Porath. $24.99; Dey St; 244 pages First of all, Tough Mothers, which is a charmingly illustrated encyclopedia of exactly what it sounds like, is a book with its content warning system. Even in 2018, ...


  Elledge at bookstores June 20, 22

Jim Elledge—the author of The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century—will visit Chicago bookstores June 20 and 22. On Wed., June 20, he will ...


  LGBTQ-inclusive CAKE comics expo hits Center on Halsted

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo ( CAKE ) landed at Center on Halsted to celebrate the world of alternative comic art June 2-3. With an army of exhibitors, artists, fans, debut authors and illustrators as well ...


  Five Worth Finding

—The Original Island Shrimp House ( ): Did you know that National Lobster Day is June 15? Well, one of the places where you can celebrate it is The Original Island Shrimp House in suburban ...


  Lambda Literary awardees include Carmen Maria Machado, John Rechy, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

From a press release

NEW YORK, NY - On Monday, June 4th, Lambda Literary, the nation's leading organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) literature, announced the winners of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( ...


  Queer Comics in the U.S. panel June 14 TALK CANCELLED

NOTE: This event has been cancelled. From the 1960s underground comix scene in San Francisco, to LGBT newspapers and magazines in the'80s and'90s, to webcomics in the new millennium, queer comics have sought to represent lesbian, ...


  Chicago Public Library celebrates Pride Month

From a news release

In honor of Pride Month in June, Chicago Public Library will feature a variety of programs for kids, teens and adults highlighting the culture, history and achievements of the LGBTQ community. The Pride Committee started in ...


  BOOKS Paperback hero, Iconic author John Rechy

Gore Vidal hailed John Rechy as "one of the few original American writers of the last century," and with good reason. In 1963, Rechy exploded onto the literary scene with City of Night, a gritty gay ...


  Milwaukee Pride to feature Danica Roem

Milwaukee Pride kicks off the 31st Annual PrideFest Milwaukee opening ceremonies at the Dance Pavilion on Friday, June 8, at 3 p.m. Journalist and politician Danica Roem will be the keynote speaker. When elected to the ...


  BOOK REVIEW Transgender History

By Susan Stryker. $17.99; Seal Press; 303 pages It had to start somewhere. Someone had to make the first step, to pave the way, to stick a fork into the ground and say, "Here, now." Someone ...


  30th annual Lammys in NYC on June 4

The 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( "Lammys" ) will take place Monday, June 4, in New York City at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Edmund White will receive the Visionary Award, and ...


  Genderqueer poet at AWM on June 5

At a June 5 "Tuesday First Books" event at the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., playwright/activist Ana Simo ( author of the new novel Heartland ) will engage in conversation with genderqueer Appalachian poet ...


  Pride month brings Pride Open Mic, LGBTQIA Storytelling to Feminist Bookstore

From a news release

Pride month brings events at Women & Children First Books, 5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, Chicago's only feminist bookstore: Friday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. Katie Watson in conversation with Amy Whitaker, MD Scarlet A: ...


  BOOK REVIEW What You Want To See

By Kristen Lepionka. $25.99; Minotaur; 336 pages Kristen Lepionka writes a trying-to-be hard-boiled yet oh-so-relatable bisexual PI in the Roxane Weary mysteries, of which What You Want To See is the second. Roxane's tropes are ...


  'P.O.W.E.R. Project' to run in June

The Art Leaders of Color Network ( ALCN ) and the Comfort Station join forces to present the P.O.W.E.R. Project during June. In lieu of traditional arts programming, the Logan Square multidisciplinary art space known as ...


  Genderqueer poet at AWM on June 5

At a June 5 "Tuesday First Books" event at the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., playwright/activist Ana Simo ( author of the new novel Heartland ) will engage in conversation with genderqueer Appalachian poet ...


  CSGS LGBTQ talk series concludes May 17

The University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality ( CSGS ) will hold its LGBTQ speaker series through May. All events will take place at 5733 S. University Ave. The series concludes ...


  Studs Terkel Radio Archive to launch

The Studs Terkel Radio Archive ( STRA )—consisting of more than 5,600 programs in various genres created at Terkel's hometown fine arts radio station WFMT in Chicago between 1952 and 1997—will become available to the general ...


  Jeanne Thornton, Mecca J. Sullivan earn Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers

From a Lambda Literary press release

Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit organization promoting LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce that Jeanne Thornton and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan have been named winners of the 2018 Judith A. Markowitz ...


  Women & Children First Books shares May schedule

From a news release

Sunny days are here and Clark Street is bustling as the neighborhood prepares for our beloved summer traditions: the Andersonville Farmers Market ( begins May 9 ), Wine Walk ( May 20 ), Midsommarfest ( June ...


  BOOK REVIEW Tomorrow Will Be Different

By Sarah McBride. $26; Crown Archetype; 288 pages Sometimes a person's private journey fortuitously intersects with a public ferment, and quite spontaneously both a movement and a leader are born. This seems to be what ...


  Legendary HIV activist, writer Larry Kramer to speak at Conference on AIDS

From a NMAC press release

April 24, 2018 - NMAC has announced that legendary HIV activist and writer Larry Kramer will speak at the United States Conference on AIDS ( USCA ) on Sept. 7, 2018, in Orlando, FL. USCA will ...


  BOOKS Gore's new tale a bewitching spin on fiction

Those who are unfamiliar with the writer Ariel Gore might think it defies all logic that she launched a stellar career from a self-published zine. Those same people might also be skeptical that someone who initially ...


  Queercore panel held at Loop library

As part of the ongoing One Book Chicago Program and Music: The Beat of Our City, the Chicago Public Library hosted a panel discussion and concert April 17 at The Harold Washington Library's Cindy Pritzker Theater ...


  Trans author/activist Reyna Ortiz talks work, new publishing company

Ever since the release of trans activist Reyna Ortiz's book, T: Stands for Truth: In search of the Queen, last fall, her life has been a whirlwind of new experiences. Ortiz—who was born in Chicago's Little ...


  Local historian discusses Belmont Rocks' LGBTQ history at forum

Author, scholar and historian Owen Keehnen discussed "Preserving Us: Documenting Life at the Belmont Rocks" April 19 at Columbia College. Columbia College's Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences sponsored the event, which Humanities and Cultural ...


  'Gay Is Good' exhibit opens at Gerber/Hart

Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times

To the curators' delighted surprise, over 100 people packed the Atrium at the Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St, for the April 21 opening of the "Gay is Good" exhibit. ( Perhaps it had something to ...


  "Bed 26" tells of oppression faced by refugees in America through the story of a gay man

From a press release

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Edafe Okporo marks his publishing debut with the release of "Bed 26" ( published by XlibrisUS ), a memoir charting the experiences of refugees in America and the life of a gay ...


  "Defining Aging for Ourselves" Book Reading, Discussion April 26

From a news release

( Chicago, April 13, 2018 ): Howard Brown Health on Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m., will present a book reading and community discussion with John-Manuel Andriote, author of Stonewall Strong: Gay Men's Heroic Fight for Resilience, ...


  BOOKS In 'Red As Blue,' Ji Strangeway creates universe of possibilities

Ji Strangeway describes the 1980s in Denver as the "dark ages," explaining that she grew up surrounded by evangelical-sponsored billboards filled with messages of hate and intolerance and people who were equally bigoted. Strangeway said being ...


  BOOKS Nina Packebush talks 'Girls Like Me'

Nina Packebush's first novel, Girls Like Me, breaks new ground with the story of a pregnant queer teenager, Banjo. Recently named as a recommended title by the In the Margins 2018 Book Awards, Packebush says she ...


  LGBT journalist Ronan Farrow wins Pulitzer

Journalist Ronan Farrow—who recently came out as a member of the LGBT community at the Point Foundation event Point Honors New York—was among those who have been announced as Pulitzer Prize winners. Farrow, as well as ...


  PASSAGES Poet J.D. McClatchy passes away at 72

J.D. "Sandy" McClatchy, the acclaimed poet at literary critic, died April 10 at his home in Manhattan following a long battle with cancer. He was 72. McClatchy was the author of eight highly praised volumes of ...


  No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics launches fundraising

April 9, 2018, Berkeley, CA — Today, filmmaker Vivian Kleiman and comics artist and advocate Justin Hall announced that their feature-length documentary film, No Straight Lines: The Story of Queer Comics, will launch a Kickstarter fundraiser ...


  Five Worth Finding, books, Phluid Project, restaurants

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

—Given Up for You: In this honest memoir from University of Wisconsin Press, Erin O. White shares her hunger for love—both religious and secular. A lesbian, she spent time with her girlfriend and in Catholic confirmation ...


  Comics Expo attracts tens of thousands to Chicago

The cosplay and fan favorites were ever-present at the jam-packed Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, C2E2, April 6-8 at McCormick Place. Among the tens of thousands were many creative characters, plus the expected Star Wars, Wonder ...


  BOOKS Shears' genius, musician on memoir 'Boys Keep Swinging'

These days, Jake Shears is busier than ever. In addition to starring as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway, he has an upcoming album in the works, and also recently released the frank, sexy, and ...


  Levithan wins literary award

The Chicago Tribune announced that its 2018 Young Adult Literary Award winner is out writer David Levithan. His novels include Boy Meets Boy ( 2003; Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist ( 2006 ); Will Grayson, Will ...


  MOMBIAN Two new books show ways to include LGBTQ characters

Two new books—one for middle grades and one for young adults—show two different ways of incorporating LGBTQ characters and themes into a story. In Erica Perl's middle-grade novel All Three Stooges ( Alfred A. Knopf ), ...


  WC&F events include Lahti, Richards, Axelrod

Andersonville bookstore Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., is hosting a variety of events in March and April. Among them: —Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m.: Actress Christine Lahti will engage in conversation with ...


  BOOKS Timely book chronicles UPRISING actions

Activism and performance art go hand in hand, especially during times of political unrest. This is as true today as it was during 2008-2012, when former Chicagoan Nicole Garneau led a series of monthly participatory events ...

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