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Author-to-promote-Bobby-Kennedy

Author to promote 'Bobby Kennedy' - Author Larry Tye will be at various Chicago spots to promote his latest book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. The book—which Tye says has strong LGBT- and civil-rights angles—tracks former U.S. Sen./Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's journey from the conservative 1950s to a liberal activist. Stops will include: —Sept. 28, noon: Private lunch-learn talk by Temples Solel ...


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BOOK REVIEW Sorry Not Sorry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Naya Rivera. $24; Tarcher, Pergiee; 241 pages Oh, the things you did in your youth! All those late nights, sneaking out of the house and thinking your parents didn't know. ( They did. ) The crazy things you did on the road, hoping the police would never stop you. ( They did. ) The parties, the goofy fashions, the ...


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Tim Murphy, author of Christodora, at City Lit Sept. 29 - From a press release - City Lit Books hosts a reading by Tim Murphy, author of Christodora, followed by a discussion moderated by filmmaker and journalist Kellee Terrell. The event is Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. at 2523 N. Kedzie, Chicago. In Christodora, Tim Murphy follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters who reside in and around an iconic apartment building in Manhattan's ...


BOOK-REVIEW-In-the-Darkroom

BOOK REVIEW In the Darkroom - By Susan Faludi. $32; Metropolitan Books; 417 pages Esteemed feminist Susan Faludi didn't talk to her father. He'd been estranged from the family since he stabbed her mother's boyfriend with a knife when Susan was in high school. In 2004, Susan got an email from her father: he'd transitioned. Now, Steffi was her name. "It was the first communication ...


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Remembering Edward Albee - He wouldn't correct you if you said it wrong, but if you wanted to earn his respect you needed to pronounce his name the way he preferred: Edward All-bee and not Al-bee. Widely regarded as "America's Greatest Living Playwright" following the death of Arthur Miller, Edward Albee died Sept. 16 after a short illness. He was 88. Albee's partner of ...


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Author's book focuses on her gender nonconforming child - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When her son, Harry, was 2 years old, author Julie Tarney said he told her, "Inside my head, I'm a girl." With that statement, Tarney said her journey as the parent of a gender non-conforming child began. It was 1992 and resources were scarce. "My first thought was 'does this mean he is going to be gay,'" Tarney said. "Gender ...


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Book focuses on Robert Kennedy's liberal evolution - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Massachusetts native Larry Tye's interest in Robert Kennedy's life began shortly after Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. His new book, Robert Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, is the culmination of years of research and interviews with family members and friends of the late Senator, some of whom have never spoken to an RFK biographer in the past. Tye ...


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Literary event at Volumes features McConnell, Gresham - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Marty McConnell and Randy Gresham headlined a literary event that Chuck Kramer hosted at Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 M. Milwaukee Ave., on Sept. 14. The large crowd was treated to new poetry by McConnell, the author of wine for a shotgun, who is preparing the manuscript for her next book. McConnell's work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Best American ...


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BOOK REVIEW My Son Wears Heels - By Julie Tarney. $24.95; University of Wisconsin Press; 213 pages The first day your toddler said he could dress himself was a day you'll never forget. He tried, you have to hand it to him. When he was done, part of his outfit was out of season and the other part was out of style, the colors were painful ...


BOOK-REVIEW-A-Murder-Over-a-Girl

BOOK REVIEW A Murder Over a Girl - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - You could become whatever you want to be. A ballerina, a cowboy, a fireman, a teacher. The sky was the limit—or so you were told. You could grow up and become the person of your dreams and that was okay. Except sometimes, as in the new book A Murder Over a Girl, by Ken Corbett, dreaming can be deadly. Larry ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Joy-of-Swimming

BOOK REVIEW The Joy of Swimming - By Lisa Congdon $18.95; Chronicle Books; 141 pages People say you're all wet. Maybe that's not the nicest thing you've ever heard but hey! If something's true, it's true, right? Yep, you love being in a pool, lake, pond, the ocean, a puddle, it doesn't matter. And in The Joy of Swimming, by Lisa Congdon, you'll meet like-minded people in ...


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Book reveals LGBT activism in Germany - In the new book Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945, from Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press, author Clayton J. Whisnant recounts the emergence of various "queer identities" in Germany from 1880 to 1945 as well as the political strategies that early gay and lesbian activists pursued. Germany in the late nineteenth and early ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Fair-Play

BOOK REVIEW Fair Play - By Cyd Zeigler. $15.95; Akashic. Books; 207 pages As long as your team wins. That's all that matters, isn't it—just that they win? You don't care what they ate for breakfast. You don't give a rat what they weighed this morning. And, as in the new book Fair Play, by Cyd Zeigler, you don't care who they sleep with. ...


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Lambda Literary announces scholarships - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the global leader advancing LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce two new full scholarships for students of the organization's prestigious summer residency, which begins next week in California. The Jeanne Cordova Words Scholarship The Jeanne Cordova Words Scholarship, in memory of the beloved activist and author who passed away in January, will ...


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Amazon store coming to Chicago, independent booksellers respond - From a press release - CHICAGO — August 31, 2016 - In response to news that Amazon will open a brick-and-mortar store in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago next year, the independent bookstores of Chicago and the Chicago area unite to issue the following joint statement. The Amazon announcement represents an opportunity to expand the conversations indie booksellers have been having for years with customers ...


Local-activist-chronicles-history-of-marriage-equality-in-new-book

Local activist chronicles history of marriage equality in new book - Special to the online edition of Windy City Timesby Nina Matti - Advocating for social justice is in Leslie Gabel-Brett's DNA. As a feminist and lesbian, she's always worked hard to advance the rights of women and LGBTQ people. She has worked at Lambda Legal, a law firm dedicated to serving LGBTQ people, for the past 10 years and now serves as its director of the education and public affairs. Recently, she ...


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PASSAGES Writer Michelle Cliff dies - Michelle Cliff—a Jamaican-American writer/activist/professor who was the widow of Adrienne Rich—died of liver failure June 12 at age 69. Cliff was born Nov. 2, 1946, in Kingston, Jamaica. Her parents emigrated to New York soon after her birth, but the Cliffs returned to Jamaica while she was still a toddler. They eventually returned to New York when Cliff was a ...


Chicago-man-pens-memoir-about-Tennessee-Williams

Chicago man pens memoir about Tennessee Williams - Nearly 25 years after his complicated relationship with playwright Tennessee Williams, Tony Narducci decided to write it all down for his memoir, In the Frightened Heart of Me: Tennessee Williams's Last Year. Working from his memories and a journal that he kept during their yearlong relationship, Narducci said all of the emotions he felt during their relationship became "more intense ...


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BOOKS Mark Zubro's long career is no mystery - "All I know is, I plod," said Mark Zubro about his remarkable career as a mystery novelist. Zubro is the author of 28 mystery novels, plus a science fiction trilogy. In 2014, his work was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award. Zubro spent years as a teacher, and thus learned how to balance work and writing effectively, as evidenced by ...


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Writers' museum to open in Chicago - The American Writers Museum ( AWM ) announced that Penguin Random House has committed financial support to AWM, recognizing the importance of celebrating U.S. writers. AWM will open March 2017 at 180 N. Michigan Ave., in Chicago. As the nation's only museum of its kind, AWM is expected to attract more than 120,000 annual visitors of all ages. The museum ...


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Coming up: Disco legend Clifford, LGBT Milwaukee, Numbers Nerds, Musically Human Theatre - Disco legend Clifford in concert Aug. 26 Disco legend Linda Clifford will be in concert at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome Ave., on Friday, Aug. 26. There will be a meet-and-greet with Clifford at 7 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. Clifford is known for such hits as "Runaway Love," "If My Friends Could See Me Now" ...


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Time left for some good summer reads - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's still lots of summer left. Time for one last dip in the lake. A few weekends left for romantic getaways. Time to say goodbye to your new college freshman or senior. And time left for a good book—so why not try one of these? Fiction Action-minded sunbathers and fans of historical novels will want Champion of the World, ...


New-book-looks-at-German-LGBT-life-during-1880-1945

New book looks at German LGBT life during 1880-1945 - Clayton J. Whisnant's newest book, Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945, is an examination of LGBT life during a time of great scientific discovery as well as changing social and political climates. According to the book, it explores "the emergence of various queer identities," specifically what it meant to be LGBT in Germany from 1880 to 1945, ...


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BOOKS Jay Parini discusses book about Gore Vidal - BY FRANK PIZZOLI - Jay Parini was born in 1948—the same year Gore Vidal published The City and the Pillar, his seminal book on U.S. homosexuality that blacklisted him with reviewers. As varied and prolific as his subject, Parini has written five books of poetry, seven fictional novels and 12 nonfiction titles, including biographies of John Steinbeck ( 1994 ), Robert Frost ( 2000 ...


Lambda-Legal-event-focuses-on-book-about-marriage-equality

Lambda Legal event focuses on book about marriage equality - In the hours prior to Secretary Hillary Clinton making history when she accepted her party's nomination for president of the United States on July 28, the cozy Andersonville bar Joie de Vine was filled with jubilant women at a Lambda Legal fundraiser and celebration of the organization's book detailing another of this country's pivotal moments. Edited by Lambda Legal Director ...


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Upcoming book and music events - 'Love Unites Us' book event July 28 There will be an event featuring Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America—a book with Lambda Legal Director of Education and Public Affairs Leslie Gabel-Brett and former Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart as editors—on Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8 p.m., at Joie de Vine, 1744 w. Balmoral Ave. Lambda Legal's ...


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BOOK REVIEW Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s-1980s - Edited by Sophie Hackett and Jim Shedden. $29.95; Skira Rizzoli; 190 pages Outsiders, put together by Sophie Hackett and Jim Shedden, unites its subjects around the idea of observation. It's hard to see how else edgy Diane Arbus and documentarian Gordon Parks end up in the same book, which stems from a current Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition. Outsiders' conceit ...


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BOOK REVIEW Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation - By Jim Downs. $27.99; Basic Books; 262 pages You had no idea. How could you know? No one ever told you, nobody sat you down to explain what was what. You were blissfully unaware, kept in the dark for far too long, but read Stand by Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation, by Jim Downs, and you may ...


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LGBT Milwaukee traces history of local pride, supports education - From a press release - Milwaukee, WI. - Milwaukee Pride, Inc. announces the upcoming publication of LGBT Milwaukee, written by local author Michail Takach with a foreword by Don Schwamb of the Wisconsin LGBT History Project. LGBT Milwaukee, published by Arcadia Publishing & the History Press as part of the Images of Modern America series, will be released August 22, 2016. Preorders are now available ...


BOOKS-Bisexual-author-talks-about-Road-to-self-discovery

BOOKS Bisexual author talks about 'Road' to self-discovery - David Matteson has served many roles in his life: author, professor, counselor, minister, father, husband and lover. He taught psychology and counseling Governor's State University and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Alfred University, a graduate degree in theology from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and a Ph.D. in counseling from Boston University. When he realized his bisexuality in ...


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BOOK REVIEW Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls - By Lindsay King-Miller. $16; Plume; 237 pages Ask a Queer Chick is a product of the Internet age: Lindsay King-Miller started writing the column of the same name on the website The Hairpin. As such, the writing feels down-to-earth and the advice loose enough to be relevant at any point in the future. In fact, the book doesn't read ...


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BOOKS Psychologist writes about 'gender creative' children - Psychologist Diane Ehrensaft can point to many inspirations for her work with gender creative children. Born in the 1940s, Ehrensaft was a tomboy who chafed at rigid gender roles and remembered feeling "schizophrenic" about aspects of her identity in high school. As a college psychology major, she discovered the woman's movement. Much of her early research was on gender equity: ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Right-Side-of-History

BOOK REVIEW The Right Side of History - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Adrian Brooks, foreward by Jonathan D. Katz, Ph.D., $18.95; Cleis Press; 243 pages Somebody got you started. That's the hard part and, oftentimes, that's all you need: a forward-thinking person to lay the framework so you can roll with a project—adding, subtracting, shaping, refining. Somebody just needed to get you started and you can take it from there, ...


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Lammy winners announced - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( the "Lammys" ) were announced June 6 in a gala ceremony that comedienne Kate Clinton hosted ( for the fifth consecutive year ) at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Among other developments, poet Natalie Diaz introduced the celebrated poet Eileen Myles, who received Lambda's Pioneer Award. In ...


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BOOKS Alida Brill talks feminism, Friedan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alida Brill is a published author, outspoken feminist and longtime advocate of gender equality. She has also served on the board of the Feminist Press of the City University of New York. As an early admirer and then a personal friend to Betty Friedan, the author of The Feminist Mystique, Brill has seen feminism go through multi-generational transformations. As a ...


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28th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced - From a press release - New York, NY - The winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ( the "Lammys" ) were announced last night in a gala ceremony hosted by comedienne Kate Clinton at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The Lambda ceremony brought together over 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 28 years of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW All the Rage: A Quest by Martin Moran $24.95; Beacon Press; 232 pages - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - You've never been so mad in your life. Boy, you were angry—ready to scream, spit nails and tear the world apart with bare hands. So mad you couldn't see straight, as they say, and you're still seething. As in the new book All the Rage: A Quest, by Martin Moran, would the trespass against you ever be forgivable? It was ...


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DePaul professor explains controversial article - Jason Hill, professor of philosophy at DePaul University, published, in late May, a harsh critique of gay culture in The Federalist, a conservative web magazine. In the article, titled "Loveless, Narcissistic Sex Addicts: A Gay Man Critiques His Community," Hill asserts that gay men foster a hypersexualized, decadent culture that renders them unable to participate in meaningful relationships. He is ...


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BOOK REVIEW Stone's Throw - By David Deitcher. $28.99, Secretary Press; 158 pages As an art critic in the 1980s, David Deitcher had firsthand experiences with gay artists confronting the AIDS crisis and the general mortality of their peers and themselves. Stone's Throw grew out of a lecture about the art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and eventually expanded into its current state. Now in lush ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Dandelion-Cloud

BOOK REVIEW The Dandelion Cloud - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Dale Boyer. $14.95; Dale Boyer Works; 218 pages This is Dale Boyer's first novel. He did not select an easy topic to cover for his first novel. While I had my own criticisms about the basic story arcs and language, overall, this is a good summer read. The Dandelion Cloud is set at the fictitious, small Illinois college ...


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Trans author Chase Joynt discusses his latest work - Toronto's Chase Joynt just published a new work titled You Only Live Twice. In the book, while coming together over the films of Chris Marker, Joynt corresponds with HIV-positive Canadian filmmaker Mike Hoolboom. Since being diagnosed, Hoolboom has made dozens of films, two of which won Best Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Joynt is a multimedia artist ...


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LGBT authors at Printers Row Lit Fest - The Printers Row Lit Fest, now entering its 32nd year, is the Midwest's largest literary event. Hundreds of authors and booksellers appear over the two-day street festival on Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12. The festival takes place on Dearborn Street, from Balbo Avenue to Congress Parkway, with additional programming at the Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Prep High School. The ...


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Trans author makes appearance in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 27, transgender author Deirdre McCloskey gave a talk and signed copies of her latest book, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World, at Sandmeyer's Bookstore in Printer's Row in the South Loop. It is the concluding volume of a trilogy of her work on her theory of the origins of the economy of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain - By Christina Crosby. $22.95; NYU Press; 208 pages Touch your ear. Go ahead. Reach up there and give it a tug. Either ear, it doesn't matter—just grab and pull. The point is that when you want to tug your ear, scratch an itch, chew your nails or wiggle your toes, you can without much effort—and once you've read A ...


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LGBT authors at Printers Row Lit Fest - From a press release - The Printers Row Lit Fest, now entering its 32nd year, is the Midwest's largest literary event. Hundreds of authors and booksellers appear over the two-day street festival on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. The festival takes place on Dearborn Street, spanning from Balbo Avenue to Congress Parkway, with additional programming at the Harold Washington Library Center and Jones ...


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Writer Jewelle Gomez to receive award - Lesbian writer Jewelle Gomez will receive the Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ) 2016 Trailblazer Award July 9 in Alexandria, Virginia. Gomez is the author of seven books, including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning, Black lesbian vampire novel The Golda Stories, in print from Firebrand Books continuously since 1991. Her play about an imagined moment of indecision in the ...


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Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award Winners announced - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit organization promoting LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award. This year Lambda recognizes Bryan Borland and JP Howard. The judges for the prize were award-winning authors Reginald Harris and Lee Lynch. In a joint statement they said of this ...


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Alice Walker withdraws from event; Sandburg Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Due to personal reasons, author Alice Walker will not come to Chicago on May 25 for an appearance at the Harold Washington Library Center. Walker is being honored with the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. The event at which she was to be honored has been canceled. This fall, Sandburg Awards will be presented to best-selling authors Erik Larson ( Devil ...


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Comedian Tig Notaro at BookCon in Chicago May 14 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at BookCon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take fans on a journey through the darkest year of her life—the year she was diagnosed with cancer. Notaro will discuss how she channeled her ...


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Jewelle Gomez named Golden Crown Literary Society Named 2016 Trailblazer - Jewelle Gomez ( Cape Verdean/Ioway/Wampanoag ), the Golden Crown Literary Society 2016 Trailblazer Award winner, is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning, Black, lesbian vampire novel, The Golda Stories, in print from Firebrand Books continuously since 1991. Its 25th anniversary special edition was published City Lights Books in April 2016. Her adaptation of the book ...


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Upcoming: Chicago House spring brunch, 'I Am Jazz,' fashion awards, - Chicago House's annual spring brunch May 1 Chicago House's 2016 spring brunch and fashion show will take place Sunday, May 1, at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the brunch/fashion show commencing at 11:45 a.m. This year's event takes on a special meaning, as it will also serve as a farewell to Executive ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Lily-and-Dunkin

BOOK REVIEW Lily and Dunkin - By Donna Gephart. $16.99; Random House Books; 352 pages In her first foray into LGBT children's literature, award-winning author Donna Gephart's book Lily and Dunkin tells the story of protagonists Lily Jo McGrother and Dunkin Dorfman as they navigate the eighth year at Gator Lake Middle School in South Florida. The book alternates between Lily and Dunkin's points of ...


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Mama, Mi'Jo, and Me: Ana Castillo explains herself in memoir 'Black Dove' - Celebrated Latina author and feminist Ana Castillo is a woman of many identities—some acknowledged and lauded, some unspoken. "I'm not really sure what it was about the public that insisted in, first of all, boxing me into Chicana; then I was a woman—and they still see me that way," Castillo said. "They don't see me as an American writer. I ...


Out-local-poet-on-his-first-book-awards-and-Jimmy-Carter

Out local poet on his first book, awards and Jimmy Carter - Poet Ralph Hamilton recently released his first book of poems, entitled Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail. The book addresses the spectrum of love and its coupling with pain, and Hamilton tackles issues of love and loss and opens up about the people that have touched his life. The Evanston resident talked with Windy City Times about who inspired ...


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Honors for Black Lives Matter co-founders, Windy City Times - NCLR to honor Black Lives Matter co-founders The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) will honor the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, an 8-year-old transgender boy and a lesbian mother at its 2016 anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 7, in San Francisco. Black Lives Matter co-founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and Opal Tometi will receive the Justice Award. ...


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Comedian Tig Notaro at Bookcon in Chicago May 14 - Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at Bookcon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take fans on a journey through the darkest year of her life—the year she was diagnosed with cancer. Notaro will discuss how she channeled her ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Raging-Skillet

BOOK REVIEW The Raging Skillet - By Rossi. $15.95; The Feminist Press; 276 pages For the memoir of a celebrity chef, The Raging Skillet begins in an inauspicious place. Junior-high-aged Chef Rossi—who will one day cater an event where attendees include Gloria Steinem and Rosie Perez and the entire menu is based on the shape of the vagina—is serving her family pizza bagels. It's a ...


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'I Am Jazz' readings in Chicago in April, May - The Human Rights Campaign, through its Welcoming Schools program, is planning more than 100 readings of the book I Am Jazz—by transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings—across the nation on the same day. In Chicago, at least three readings will take place. ( Note: The dates differ. ) They will be at: —Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., on ...


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BOOKS Augusten Burroughs explores relationships in new memoir - Augusten Burroughs describes the difference between love and libido in his seventh autobiographical work, Lust & Wonder, which picks up where Dry left off, chronicling the raconteur's return to drinking and his exasperating search for a meaningful relationship. There's Mitch, "a deeply odd" writer of one of Burrough's "favorite books," and then George, whose tragic demise unmoors Burroughs, leading him ...


Author-reflects-on-new-trans-kids-book-and-his-own-journey

Author reflects on new trans kids' book and his own journey - "My thought was there needed to be a book for kids that talked about what happens physically when someone transitions," said first-time author and transgender activist/advocate Jenson Hillenbrand of his new book—Parts & Hearts: A Kids ( & Grownups ) Guide to Transgender Transition. "Kids deserve to have age appropriate, accurate information about their bodies— including knowing where babies come ...


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MOMBIAN Gay dad pens funny new memoir on international adoption - A friend of Jeffrey Roach and Ken Manford once told them that as the first gay dads many people had ever seen, saying, "You're ambassadors, whether you like it or not." Roach's new memoir PopDaddy: Boy Meets Boy Meets Baby might thus be considered a sort of ambassadorial communique, but with a hefty addition of humor and heart. Roach gives ...


BOOK-REVIEW-A-History-of-Loneliness

BOOK REVIEW A History of Loneliness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By John Boyne. $26; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 352 pages Throughout your life, the faith you've held has sustained you. In times of fear, you've prayed for courage. On troubled days, you've asked for favors. You've thrown gratitude heavenward, and you've demanded condemnation from the Higher Power you know. Some prayers are answered, some are not. But what if your ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Battle-for-Room-314

BOOK REVIEW The Battle for Room 314 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Ed Boland, $26; Grand Central; 243 pages What was the name of your favorite teacher? Even after all these years, you still remember the smell of chalk, the sound of her reading aloud, the way he pulled ideas from your head or music from your fingers. That teacher changed your life, and The Battle for Room 314, by ...


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Publishing Triangle's 28th Annual Triangle Awards to be presented April 21 - From a press release - The 28th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best LGBT fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published in 2015, as well as the year's best trans and gender-variant literature, will be presented on April 21, 2016, at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School's University Center building ( 63 Fifth Avenue in New York City ) at 7 p.m. The ceremony is free ...


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BOOK REVIEW Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America - By Rachel Hope Cleves, $29.95; Oxford University Press; 267 pages   Sometimes, you wonder how Grandma coped. For most ( if not all ) of her life, she lived without computer or cell phone. She made meals for her family without a microwave, sewed her own clothing, and enjoyed each of the four channels she got on her small-screen TV. ...


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Transgender studies joins forces with art history in new book from Chicagoan - Almost a decade in the making, a book released in late 2015 and written by Chicago resident David Getsy is rooted in his teaching. The book is aimed at a scholarly and museum audience with the hopes that it will change the way professors, students, artists, and curators look at the history of art, the debates about abstraction and figuration, ...


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BOOKS Book addresses meth's effect on gay men and lust - Methamphetamine use, risky behavior and sexual desire—Dr. David Fawcett Ph.D., L.C.S.W., puts more than a decade of clinical experience and research on these linked issues into his book Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man's Guide to Sex and Recovery. Fawcett is a substance abuse expert, certified sex therapist and clinical psychotherapist with a private practice in Ft. Lauderdale specializing ...


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BOOK REVIEW Straights: Heterosexuality in a Post-Closeted Culture - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By James Joseph Dean, $26; NYU Press; 305 pages Basking in the glow of heightened acceptance, the LGBTQ community might scoff at putting the spotlight back on "the straights." But sociologist James Joseph Dean sees value in doing so. An out gay man, Dean is interested in how straight people feel about the LGBT community, and how the boundaries ...


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Mapplethorpe book out in March - Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs ( J. Paul Getty Museum, March 2016 ) offers an examination of the artist's oeuvre and influence. Drawing from the extraordinary collection jointly acquired in 2011 by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, as well as the Mapplethorpe Archive housed at the Getty Research ...


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BOOKS 'Hoodie' writer on new book, academia and upcoming event - Author and teacher Jarrett Neal debuted his first book, What Color Is Your Hoodie: Essays in Black Gay Identity, at a launch party last October at Women & Children First. Prior to his writing the book, Neal's fiction, poetry and essays were featured in a variety of online and print publications, including Chelsea Station, The Gay and Lesbian Review, The ...


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BOOK REVIEW Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style - By Cintra Wilson, $27.95; W.W. Norton; 336 pages Veronica Lake had her "peek-a-boo." Jackie O loved her pearls. Mary Quant made a teeny-weeny mini, perfect for the twiggy body of Twiggy. Kate Moss was waifish, Joan Collins pushed our shoulders out to there, and J.Lo and Nikki push the envelope every chance they get. So what's your style? Dress ...


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Trans man writes memoir about race, gender, culture - In his new book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, Willy Wilkinson, MPH, speaks the language of memoir with a strong accent of intersectional experience with race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood. The context of it all falls within a larger cultural-competency, public-health and policy-advocacy framework. Wilkinson was born in the San ...


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BOOK REVIEW Off the Rocks, Vol. 19 - Edited by Allison Fradkin, $13; NewTown Writers Press; 181 pages When reading NewTown Writers Press' new LGBT collection, Off The Rocks ( Vol. 19 ), the words that come to mind are "experimental" and "enthusiastic." It's clear that about half of the contributors are emerging voices who could use a little more polish, but it's equally clear that everyone ...


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LORDE'S LEGACY New take on notions of Audre Lorde, 'warrior poet' - The postscript to Wind is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde is entitled The Happening. In it, Dr. Gloria I. Joseph, Ph.D.—activist, feminist, professor emerita of Massachusetts' Hampshire College and author of innumerable, internationally published essays—describes the morning of Nov. 17, 2012. It was 20 years to the day that Audre Lorde—Joseph's beloved partner and one of ...


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The dreams of Gene Davis - Gene Davis is a slight, dapper man with a calm, measured presence and a big smile. It belies the challenges he's had to face. Davis is a hearing-impaired gay Black man whose disability has often altered the course of his life. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1954, Davis' childhood was marred by health issues, including hearing that just kept getting ...







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