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BOOK-REVIEW-The-Escape-Artist

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Queer-childrens-book-author-Gonzalez-creates-gender-neutral-character

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


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


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


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Tolerance-Trap

BOOK REVIEW The Tolerance Trap - By Suzanna Danuta Walters $14.87; New York University Press; 316 pages Tolerance is a good thing, right? How could it be a trap? Walters—who is director of women's, gender, and sexuality studies and professor of sociology at Northeastern University—believes that the LGBTQ community all too often limits its vision to gaining access and to repealing repressive laws. We then ...


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Beck Kramer shines with sci-fi Web comic - Beck Kramer created a comic to submit for an anthology from LGBTQ writers and artists, yet her work was not accepted for publication. But Kramer brought the characters to life in another form. Kramer, 32, a lesbian who lives in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood and grew up in Elmwood Park, launched her comic, Relativity ( www.relativitycomic.com ), last May. It is ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Soldier-of-Change

BOOK REVIEW Soldier of Change - The phone call began another very long day. It arrived approximately 10 seconds after you walked to your desk—the first of that kind of interruption, followed by dozens of urgent ( to the sender ) emails and six cubicle drop-bys. Alas, you didn't get much done that day. Sometimes, you just want to be left alone to do your work ...


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BOOK REVIEW Best-Kept Boy in the World - By Arthur Vanderbilt, $19.99; Magnus Books; 189 pages Before the ease of sites like RentBoy.com, male hustlers relied on word of mouth. But legendary "un homme fatal" Louis Denham ( Denny ) Fouts managed to command a worldwide presence before there was even a World Wide Web. If you haven't heard of him, know that pretty much everyone wanted ...


BOOK-REVIEW-A-List-of-Things-That-Didnt-Kill-Me

BOOK REVIEW A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me - By Jason Schmidt, $18.99; Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 432 pages Your people understand you. That's because you speak the same language, dance to the same music, and wear the same uniform. You might not be related by blood or ceremony, but you belong to them and they to you. You're family but, as you'll see in the new book A ...


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BOOK REVIEW A Cup of Water Under My Bed - By Daisy Hernandez, $24.95; Beacon Press; 185 pages Hernandez prefaces her engaging memoir with a quote from Sandra Cisneros: "What does a woman inherit that tells her how to go?" For Hernandez, it is family background with its cultural and religious roots, language, class divides and sexual preferences. In this sensitive account of her personal story, the author shifts ...


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Mainstream books: Best of 2014 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - So many books, so little time. It's easy to feel that way when faced with an entire bookstore full of possibilities. How do you pick? How do you know what's good? Start here, with the Bookworm's Best of 2014… Let's start with FICTION. Throughout the year, every time something bad happens, you're reminded to hug the ones you love. Five ...


Author-details-Winning-Marriage-in-Chicago-book-launch

Author details 'Winning Marriage' in Chicago book launch - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Author Marc Solomon took his book tour to Organizing for Action ( OFA ) on Dec. 15 for the Chicago launch of his book "Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won." "It's really powerful being at OFA and having the event here," said Solomon of the Freedom to Marry and Equality ...


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Children's book about embracing differences - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Craig Pomranz noticed that his godson seemed anxious one night when he was putting him to bed. In the process of trying to figure out what was causing him anxiety, Pomranz said his godson asked, "Is there such a thing as a tomgirl?" "I just thought out of the mouths of babes," Pomranz said. "We are such a misogynistic society ...


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Gerber/Hart looks back at 2014, receives major grant - Officials of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., detailed their work streamlining the library's holdings, as well as a major donation, at their semi-annual meeting Dec. 11. Board President Carrie Barnett, who earlier in the evening was re-elected to serve for another year, said, "I don't believe the traction we're getting." During 2014, all of Gerber/Hart's holdings were ...


Women-Children-First-to-host-Sarah-Ruhl

Women & Children First to host Sarah Ruhl - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — ON Monday, December 22ND at 7 p.m. Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago's iconic Andersonville neighborhood will be hosting playwright and author Sarah Ruhl for a reading, signing and discussion of her slyly brilliant new collection 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and ...


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BOOKS The editors of Black Gay Genius on Joseph Beam - By Angelique Smith Joseph Beam's In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology ( 1986 ) came at a time when there was a lack of cultural guideposts for, and authentic reflections of, Black gay men. The book touched on isolation, revolution and revelation—and paved the way for Steven G. Fullwood and Charles Stephens to bring Black Gay Genius, an anthology ...


BOOK-REVIEW-I-Am-Jazz

BOOK REVIEW I Am Jazz - By Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, pictures by Shelagh McNicholas, $17.99; Penguin Deal; 32 pages You are a one-of-a-kind kid. There's nobody else like you. Nobody has eyes like yours, or fingers like yours, or ears that fold like yours. You think for yourself, have your own likes and hates, and people love you just the way you are. ...


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The Deception of the Thrush - BOOK REVIEW/PROFILE Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Bruce P. Spang, $16.99; Piscataqua Press; 448 pages Bruce Spang begins his book pointedly in 1964—a coming-of-age, journey story that occurs right in the midst of large scale socio-political upheaval in the U.S. and abroad. Spang frames the story as a classic hero's journey through the life of a closeted gay college student, Jason Follett. Following the archetype ...


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HIV-positive beauty queen discusses journey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If there is one song that best sums up activist and blogger Michelle Anderson's early life, it was Johnny Lee's Lookin' for Love. Anderson said that she made many mistakes because she was "looking for love in all the wrong places" while speaking at Center on Halsted Dec. 6 as part of the Center's World AIDS Days observance. Most of ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Porn-Again

BOOK REVIEW Porn Again - Books always have buzzwords and the rave reviews of others sprinkled all over them so that you, the reader, will buy them. You know what I mean—"hilariously honest…jaw-droppingly entertaining…a cross between Jesus and Pamela Anderson…" But Porn Again: a Memoir brings to mind an entirely new lexicon. To be fair, the author, Josh Sabarra is not a writer. He just ...


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Lecturer Atshan talks 'pinkwashing,' life in the West Bank - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm pretty much a flaming queen and my whole life has been inspired by the legacies of Edward Said [Palestinian American academic, political activist and literary critic] and Audre Lorde [Black, feminist, lesbian, activist poet]" is how Sa'ed Atshan, postdoctoral fellow in International Studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown and lecturer in Peace and Justice Studies ...


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Appearing: John D'Emilio, Lisa Fischer, Alan Safier - CPL hosting John D'Emilio At the Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St., on Thursday, Dec. 11, noted historian John D'Emilio will present a discussion on marriage equality as he talks about his book In a New Century: Essays on Queer History, Politics and Community Life. Books will be available for purchase. The event will take place at 6 p.m. ...


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Rita Mae Brown on new book, coming out and 'Rubyfruit Jungle' - Award-winning author Rita Mae Brown is taking the rails to Chicago to promote her new adventure in the literary world—Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. In a new partnership with Amtrak, Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, will be the railway giant's first writer in residence. The Virginia resident, who tuned 70 years old Nov. 28, was ...


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Fred Says donates; W&CF raises money to renovate - Fred Says donates $50K on World AIDS Day On World AIDS Day ( Dec. 1 ), the local 501( c )( 3 ) nonprofit organization Fred Says donated $50,000 nationally to organizations that support HIV-positive youth. Agencies receiving gifts between $1,000 to $10,000 are: —Advocates for Youth to support its National Youth HIV/AIDS Day on April 10, which raises ...


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Making his Marc: Author Solomon recalls 'winning marriage' - As the national campaign director at Freedom to Marry and with 13 years in the movement, Marc Solomon has witnessed the comings and goings of case after critical case leading to marriage equality in more than half of the United States. Working full-time on the cause since 2004, Solomon has detailed knowledge of how we got here, so it seems ...


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Holiday gift guide to new LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books - MOMBIAN - LGBTQ-inclusive children's books can make great holiday presents. Here are some new ones from the past year to add to your kids' collections. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy. LGBTQ-inclusive books for the middle-grade range—especially ones that focus on a same-sex-headed family instead of just having an LGBT minor character—are few and far between. Levy's book ...


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Gerber/Hart Library and Archives open meeting Dec. 11 - From a press release - As Gerber/Hart Library and Archives completes its first year in the new location at 6500 N. Clark St., Chicago, the board of directors is inviting the community to a see the progress made in all areas of the organization and discusses the future of Gerber/Hart Library on Thursday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. at the library. Board member Carrie Barnett will ...


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'Rubyfruit' Author Rita Mae Brown in Chicago Dec. 9 - Award-winning author Rita Mae Brown is taking the rails to Chicago to promote her new adventure in the literary world—Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. In a new partnership with Amtrak, Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, will be the railway giant's first writer in residence. The Virginia resident, who tuned 70 years old Nov. 28, was ...


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BOOKS Talking with iconic author Felice Picano - Felice Picano made a stop in Chicago to promote his latest memoir Nights at Rizzoli. The Center on Halsted hosted a reading for Picano and Carlos T. Mock. Picano has written three memoirs to date including Nights at Rizzoli, True Stories and True Stories Too, all unique in that the reader gets a vision of each historical moment in addition ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Christmas-Truck

BOOK REVIEW The Christmas Truck - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A rare treat—I get to share a review of a new children's Christmas book with two reviewers who can relate more than I. Tolade and Tolani are older than the target audience ( 6 to 8 ), but not by much. Tolade ( 9 ) awarded 4.5 stars out of five to the delightful story of a young boy and ...


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Winning Marriage book event, Library exhibit explores marriage - 'Winning Marriage' book event Dec. 15 Freedom to Marry and Equality Illinois will host the Chicago launch of Marc Solomon's book Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won by Marc Solomon. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. at Organizing for Action, 224 N. Desplaines St. ...


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Penny Severns book: The price of a closeted political life - "The best years of our lives were written in invisible ink." That phrase comes in the preface to Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America, a new book from Seal Press by Terry Mutchler about her five-year relationship with Penny Severns, a state senator who twice ran for statewide office in ...


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Eileen Myles reads from forthcoming dog memoir - On Nov. 2, the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival hosted well-renowned New York poet Eileen Myles at the Poetry Foundation. Myles opened with chronicles from poetry new and old, but dedicated much of the time for an extended reading of her forthcoming dog memoir, Afterglow, inspired by her now-late companion Rosie. As the Chicago Humanities Festival honors many artists and intellectuals ...


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Photo book documents 1980s same-sex couples - Talk about patience. Sage Sohier has waited three decades to put together a wonderful collection of intimate portraits of, and interviews with, same-sex couples across the United States. Step back in time with her new book, At Home with Themselves, and experience this era of both love and death, during the early years of the AIDS crisis and the fight ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took... - The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America, and What It Taught Us About Love, by Liza Monroy, $16.95; Soft Skull Press; 320 pages The room was crowded, filled with only two people. At least that's what it seemed as the groom looked at his beloved: there was no one else in the room ...


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Sex Workers Unite: History of the Movement - Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk by Melinda Chateauvert. $20.31; Beacon Press; 263 pages ï Who are we talking about here? "Sex workers are laborers who earn money to perform sexual services or who provide erotic entertainment to clients individually or collectively," explained the author in her introduction to this fascinating recounting of how ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Male-Sex-Work-and-Society

BOOK REVIEW Male Sex Work and Society - Edited by Victor Minichiello and John Scott. $50; Harrington Park . Press; 512 pages Money does strange things to a fellow. It can lead to greed, dishonesty, mistrust and even murder. It changes friendships and families. Money puts people on a shelf and it puts food in a man's stomach, which is what you needed back when you did what ...


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Richard Blanco reflects on his personal journey - NUNN ON ONE: BOOKS - The talented writer and poet Richard Blanco is full of firsts. He was the youngest poet ever to read at President Obama's inauguration back in January 2013. He was also the first Latino, the first immigrant and first openly gay person to have that same honor. His varied cultural upbringing and life in Miami is explored in a new memoir ...


-Rita-Mae-Brown-at-Chicago-Public-Library-Dec-9

Rita Mae Brown at Chicago Public Library Dec. 9 - Longtime author Rita Mae Brown will speak about her newest book, Let Sleeping Dogs lie, at an appearance at the Chicago Public Library, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., 400 S. State Street. The event, which also features a booksigning, will be in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Brown, who came out as a lesbian early in her career, is the bestselling ...


What-I-Know-for-Sure-

What I Know for Sure - AUDIOBOOK REVIEW - By Oprah Winfrey $24.99; Macmillan Audiobook from Flatiron Books; four CDs/four hours Death and taxes. That's what your father used to say were the only things in life that you could count on. Neither one was escapable; both were consistent. You can also bet that night will follow day and that there's good in the world somewhere. You know rules ...


-Anti-gay-groups-Glenn-Stanton-talks-bigotry-marriage

Anti-gay group's Glenn Stanton talks bigotry, marriage - BOOKS - Glenn Stanton is an outspoken figure in the fight against marriage equality, from his work with right-wing organization Focus on the Family to his debates at colleges and churches around the country. Windy City Times sat down with Stanton to discuss his new book, Loving My ( LGBT ) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace & Truth. Windy City Times: What ...


GayRomLit-retreat-meets-in-Chicagoland

GayRomLit retreat meets in Chicagoland - BOOKS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Authors, publishers, and readers alike convened in Bloomingdale, Illinois, for the fourth annual GayRomLit ( Gay Romance Literature, or GRL ) retreat Oct. 16-19. LGBT romance consumers and creators gather each year to find a safe space to discuss their publications and current projects, and they return for the familial atmosphere the retreat provides. "In a lot of the romance ...


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Alison Bechdel: Artist, genius and instigator of change - - In September, Alison Bechdel became the second cartoonist to receive a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her cult comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, and received acclaim for its witty depiction of lesbian life and the challenges confronted by the LGBTQ community for acceptance. Bechdel's graphic memoirs, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Gaybash

BOOK REVIEW Gaybash - By David Jay Collins, $3.99 ( e-book ); 243 pages David Jay Collins weaves a suspensful—yet foreseeable—tale embodying all the classic components of a Chicago gay romance: unrequited lust, reliable female sidekicks, drinks at almost every bar in Boystown, rampant gossip, exceedingly dramatic exchanges about acceptance of oneself, veiny biceps and the shattered pieces of a broken heart. Gaybash ...


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Upcoming events in film, music, poetry - The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival will feature a talk by lesbian New York poet Eileen Myles at the foundation, 61 W. Superior St., on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. In this talk ( "Poetry off the Shelf: Eileen Myles" ), she discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir about her longtime companion, Rosie. The cost ...


Culture-worrier-Clarence-Page-reflects-on-50-years-of-change

'Culture worrier' Clarence Page reflects on 50 years of change - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 26, 1960, then-presidential candidate Richard Milhous Nixon made a campaign stop at a Middletown, Ohio, railway station. "When you elect a congressman or a senator, let's not think only of just our own little problems, but remember what happens to America is going to affect you," he said before suddenly switching gears. "Now, let me put it very ...


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John Rechy: On gay sensibility, melding truth and fiction - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Born erudite, John Rechy, 83, is the author of 12 novels and three non-fiction works. He was raised Mexican-American in El Paso, Texas, at a time when Latino children were routinely segregated. He was assumed to be Anglo because of his light skin. A teacher "changed" his name from Juan to John. Always with a flair for the creative, after ...


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The Bijou Chronicles Steven Toushin - I Love You, Joan Crawford: Gay Men and Their Big Ladies, PART ONE by Madame Bubby - The other day while on the subway, I heard two male high school students ( not sure if they were gay ) debate the respective virtues of Beyonce and Adele. Diva worship is apparently still alive everywhere, not just in the gay community! But what's the real scoop on the cliched gay obsession with Joan Crawford and other dead or ...


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Eileen Myles: Queer, funny, feminist stand-up and poetry - From a press release - Poetry Off the Shelf: Eileen Myles Poet Eileen Myles discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival are pleased to feature a talk by New York poet Eileen Myles. Myles' gift for chronicling the life of the writer in a queer, funny, feminist, and ultimately provocative way makes her readings ...


Women-Children-First-street-dedication

Women & Children First street dedication - Women & Children First bookstore, marking its 35th year in business—with about 25 of those years in Andersonville—was honored with a street dedication Oct. 11 at Farragut and Clark streets. The co-founders of the store, Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon, recently sold the business to employees Lynn Mooney and Sarah Hollenbeck. All four were at the dedication, which was led ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Brick-Yard-

BOOK REVIEW The Brick Yard - - by Carol Lynne, $13.99, eBook $5.50; Totally Bound. Publishing; 185 pages This male-on-male book of erotic romance is set in the South Side of Chicago. The story is told in alternating first person through the main character Lucky Gunn and his lover, Dray. The story follows the trials and tribulations faced by many of the youth that go through ...


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Dustin Lance Black talks marriage rights, traveling and London - Dustin Lance Black is a charmer. That much became apparent during a recent phone conversation with the Oscar-winning screenwriter ( for Milk, which starred Sean Penn ). However, behind that easygoing facade is a fierce advocate for marriage rights—a fight that constantly takes him around the country. ( Also, that journey will bring the American Foundation for Equal Rights board ...


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VIEWS Family with gay dads shines in new middle-grade novel - Combine four boys of assorted ages, two dads, a Maine coon cat and a dog named Sir Puggleton into a home and stir well. Sprinkle on a doting aunt, a surly neighbor and assorted classmates. Season with a collapsing backyard hockey rink, an untimely power outage and a Thanksgiving culinary disaster. Dana Alison Levy's superb new middle-grade novel, The Misadventures ...


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Double date with Walt Whitman: Interview with playwright, actor - LGBT HISTORY MONTH - Walt Whitman is one of America's most celebrated poets, essayists and journalists, even though during his lifetime ( 1819-1897 ) his work was considered controversial. Whitman broke with many traditions and is now seen as the father of free verse. Fundamentalists objected to the homoerotic passages in his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene and overtly ...


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Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories - BOOK REVIEW - By Gregg Shapiro $14.95; Squares & Rebels Press; 91 pages The main character in "Lunch with a Porn Star," a short story included in author Gregg Shapiro's new collection, Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories, encounters adult-film legend Billy Bigg several times, first on the El, then a few times at a Loop lunch spot. "When his naked face and body began ...


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BOOK REVIEW My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In my generation, gay boys and their daddies had complicated relationships. I know I did, growing up in a working-class Irish Catholic family in Chicago some 60 years ago. Middle child of five and the oldest boy, I was not what my dad imagined his first son to be. There weren't any role models back then for parents or questioning ...


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StoryCorps launches OutLoud initiative - More than 100 LGBTs and community allies came together to support StoryCorps Chicago's launch of their OutLoud initiative Sept. 18 at Marwen art school. OutLoud is a multi-year national initiative invested in recording and preserving LGBTQ stories. StoryCorps OutLoud has partnered with Chicago's Trans Oral History Project to enhance the diversity within the collection. Tony Alvarado-Rivera, or La Tony of ...


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BOOK NOTES Group forms in Evanston; Authors read Disability - Chicago's OutLoud launch Sept. 18 StoryCorps—an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives—will launch its LGBTQ component, OutLoud, on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Marwen, 833 N. Orleans St., 6:30-9 p.m. OutLoud is a multi-year initiative dedicated to recording and preserving LGBTQ ...


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BOOK REVIEW Out in the Union - Some might remember the classic 1997 Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia" that was dedicated to the steelworkers of the United States. The show ended with a steel plant closing, the men removing their shirts and the steel mill transforming into a gay club the C+C Music Factory Song, "Gonna Make You Sweat" playing while the men proudly declared, "We work hard, ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Changing Face of Modern Families: Gay & Lesbian Parents - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Julianna Fields, $22.95; Mason Crest, Publishers; 65 pages The scene is familiar to every LGBT teen who first accepts his, her or their sexual orientation. The confusion is daunting. Where could they turn to for guidance if they want to have children? Who can they ask? This new book, Gay and Lesbian Parents: The Changing Face of Modern Families ...


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Faderman, Lazin in Chicago for Legacy Project benefit - Prominent lesbian historian and author Lillian Faderman and Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum, were the special guest speakers at a benefit for Chicago's Legacy Project Sept. 14 at the home of Legacy board member Christopher Barrett Politan. The event featured a Q&A with Faderman and Lazin conducted by WGN-TV's Sean Lewis. They discussed the importance of ...


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GLTB book discussion group forms in Evanston - Former Evanston Arts Commissioner Greg Salustro leads a monthly discussion of books and plays by or about members of the GLBT community. The inaugural title is Oscar Wilde's classic farce, The Importance of Being Earnest. The program is Tuesday Oct 14, 7 p.m., Small Meeting Room, Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston. Copies are available at the Ra desk on ...


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Writing the Disability Experience: Local to authors read - From a press release - Riva Lehrer will be sharing excerpts from her memoir-in-progress ?Golem Girl Gets Lucky.? Riva is best known as a portrait artist, curator, and educator. Her work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. Sarah Michael Hollenbeck will be reading from her essay ?A Goldmine,? which compares and contrasts her experience of disability with that of local ...


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Poetry Foundation event focuses on queer poets of color - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 40 people attended the launch of "Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color Event" at the Poetry Foundation Sept. 4. The event featured readings from queer poets Francisco Aragon, Ruben Quesada, Ching-In Chen and Duriel E. Harris. According to the foundation's website, "Nepantla is a new poetry e-journal being curated by Christopher Soto in collaboration with the ...


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BOOKS Hiram Crespo tends an 'Epicurean Garden' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "The smart people of the world don't want to study philosophy anymore," said Hiram Crespo, author of the new book Tending the Epicurean Garden and founder of the Society of Friends of Epicureanism. "People think philosophy is abstract, irrelevant and ancient; I'm very against this." Crespo, 38, identifies as gay and as a modern Epicurean, writing Tending the Epicurean Garden ...


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Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters - BOOK REVIEW by Angelique Smith - Edited by Randy L. Schmidt, $29.95; Chicago Review. Press; 456 pages If you're told exactly who you are in the beginning of your life, do you start to believe it yourself? Judy Garland was truly born at the age of 12, when Frances Ethel Gumm ceased to exist and the newly named studio creation burst onto the Hollywood scene. ...







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