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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 research, conducting dozens of extended interviews and reading enormous amounts of reportage from the era. The effort paid off. The resulting novel does an ...


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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 just touched. Stay healthy, keep clean, be tidy and wash your hands because, as you'll see in Sarah Krasnostein's new book The Trauma Cleaner, ...


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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 $14.99; Red Cricket Press; 191 pages All families have secrets. Many are toxic and can lead to shame, guilt or a lifetime of misunderstanding ...


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'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 most beyond his friends and family: musical theater and classic sitcoms. Weaver explained, "I've always been especially drawn to the shows where one person ...


-Cards-Against-Humanity-Releases-Pride-themed-Expansion-Pack

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 companies decide to put rainbows on products," Cards Against Humanity writer Eunji Kim said. "Our new Pride Pack can be enjoyed by everyone, even ...


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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 Black clubs of Bronzeville, and from the Civil War to just before WWII, including the 1920s "pansy craze," during which gay men became icons ...


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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 Drag Queens in celebration of International Family Equality Day ( IFED ) at the Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) on May 6. For ...


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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, that seems unique and incredible and in a book where some of the women's biographies include sexual assault and the Holocaust and murder, like ...


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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 be at a book launch at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, at 7 p.m. He will appear in conversation with local LGBT historian Owen ...


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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 as curiosity-seekers, CAKE, now in its sixth year, offered something for everyone. Among the celebrated artists who presented at the event were queer artist ...


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Five Worth Finding - —The Original Island Shrimp House ( http://www.originalislandshrimphouse.com/ ): 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 Palos Park. The lobster roll is sinfully good, thanks to having a lot of lobster and relatively little filler. However, this spot offers a ...


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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 ( the "Lammys" ). Comedian Kate Clinton hosted the ceremony at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City where attendees, ...


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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, gay, bi, and trans life in all of its myriad variations—to say I AM HERE in a world where we feel invisible. Chicago cartoonist ...


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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 2009 at CPL and has been fully committed to assist in expanding and improving its range of services to the LGBTQ community. They continue ...


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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 novel about an unnamed street hustler's adventures. The book of endless tricks and broken dreams careens from the streets of New York to Chicago ...


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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 Virginia House of Delegates in 2017, Roem became the first openly transgender individual to be elected and serve in any U.S. legislature. To increase ...


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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 had to be the first so that others could follow, and in the newly updated book Transgender History, by Susan Stryker, you'll see where ...


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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 Roxane Gay will be honored with the Trustee Award. Special guest presenters include Alan Cumming, Rebecca Solnit, Juliana Huxtable, Alison Bechdel, Michael Nava and ...


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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 C. Russell Price. A Q&A session will follow at the event, slated to start at 6 p.m. Admission is free for museum members and ...


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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: The Ethics, Laws, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion Join a unique conversation between Katie Watson, a Northwestern professor and lawyer, and Amy Whitaker, ...


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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 going with her gut and sexually/romantically jockeying between the very solid, nice and unavailable cop Tom Heitker and the wild artist and slightly bitchy ...


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'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 Comfort Station ( 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. ) will be transformed into an "empowerment hub" with a series of lectures, discussions, happenings, self-care exercises ...


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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 C. Russell Price. A Q&A session will follow at the event, slated to start at 6 p.m. Admission is free for museum members and ...


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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 Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m. The speaker will be University of Maryland Associate Professor of American Studies Christina Hanhardt, who has written Safe ...


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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 public on what would have been Terkel's 106th birthday: Wed., May 16. The STRA will be a unique resource for educators, journalists, artists, activists, ...


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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 Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. The Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for ...


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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 8 - 10 ), and the Sidewalk Sale ( July 28 & 29 ). Check out the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce's Events Calendar to ...


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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 happened with Sarah McBride and the movement for trans equality. In many ways, McBride's story is a familiar one: a childhood feeling "different," learning ...


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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 run from Sept. 7-10. "Larry is not just a legend but almost a mythical figure in the HIV community," said Paul Kawata, NMAC's Executive ...


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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 started writing about motherhood, while herself a young mother studying at Mills College, could become an internationally known queer icon, and the author of ...


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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 titled "Perspectives on Queercore: Fed Up Punks." The event brought together long-standing members of Chicago's queer-punk scene for a discussion on the past, present ...


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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 Village neighborhood and raised in Cicero, Illinois—has been advocating for the trans community since she was a teenager. "There have been so many great ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Brokeback,' Prince memoir, 'Wonder Woman,' Bette Midler - The dust has yet to settle on a bit of back and forth over Brokeback Mountain casting, The Hollywood Reported noted. At Santa Monica's Aero Theatre ( where "Brokeback" aired on a double bill with Philadelphia ), Oscar-winning screenwriter Diana Ossana told Rambling Reporter, "It was the role of Ennis that was the difficult one to cast. It was the ...


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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 Studies Associate Professor Carmelo Esterrich moderated. Keehnen explained the Rocks ( which he called the "uneven limestone slabs that ran from Belmont Harbor to ...


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'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 do with—as director Wil Brant revealed during offhand conversation—Seth Meyers name-dropping the exhibit in a recent monologue. ) Brandt began the evening before introducing ...


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"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 man amidst discrimination. Based on a true life story, "Bed 26" narrates the experiences of Nigerian and West African gay, bisexual men and the ...


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"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, Good Health, and a Strong Community. Echoing the themes of his recent talk on the subject in New York City for SAGE, the nation's ...


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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 LGBT and Asian-American only made her childhood and teenage experience harder. "I was suicidal," she said, adding that even though her family didn't ascribe ...


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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 wrote Girls Like Me "for myself, my friends, all of the queer teen parents out there, as well as anyone who has ever felt ...


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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 New York Times writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, were awarded the honor for public service in recognition of their reports on disgraced movie ...


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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 poetry, including Hazmat, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent, Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2014. ...


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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 in late April. This new effort is aimed at completing filming of the project, which tells the story of how LGBTQ comics evolved from ...


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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 classes. This book explores the answer to the question "What does a lesbian believer do with her longing for God?" —Gender Ambiguity in the ...


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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 Woman and Black Panther. LGBTQs and people of all interests and backgrounds attended the event, which included lots of autograph sessions, panels, comic books ...


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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 very engrossing memoir, Boys Keep Swinging. In the new book, Shears chronicles his youth and life as an outsider, his struggle as an artist ...


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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 Grayson ( 2010 ); Every Day ( 2012 ); Hold Me Closer ( 2015 ); and You Know Me Well ( 2016 ). Levithan ...


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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 ), seventh-graders Noah and his friend Dash share a love of comedy and a somewhat reluctant commitment to their bar mitzvah preparations. Noah has a ...


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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 Bernardine Dohrn. Lahti—who has been in such projects as Chicago Hope, Running on Empty, Housekeeping and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, among others—will ...


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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 entitled UPRISING. These actions spanned eight U.S. and five international locations that included Berkeley, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Denmark and Russia. More than half of ...


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Women and Children Books plans Indie Bookstore Day April 28 and April events - From a press release - Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Together We Rise Author Panel Celebrate the culmination of Women's History Month on a powerful note! Co-founder and National Field Director Mrinalini Chakraborty will be discussing the behind-the-scenes ( her )story of the Women's March on Washington and read from the book Together We Rise. Compiled by the national team of Women's March organizers, ...


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Borich, Mulderig at The Seminary on April 23 - On Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m., Barrie Jean Borich and Jeremy Mulderig will read from and discuss their latest books, Apocalypse, Darling and The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward at The Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Hyde Park, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Set in the steel-mill regions of Chicago and northwest Indiana, Apocalypse, Darling centers on Borich's return to a ...


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Author discusses historical novel at Center event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As part of Women's History Month, award-winning author and scholar Dr. LaShonda Barnett hosted a book reading at Center on Halsted March 23. Barnett read from her debut novel, Jam on the Vine ( Grove Publishing ), after speaking about the formation of the book's heroine and the story's time frame, and later fielded questions during a lively Q&A. Jam ...


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BOOKS With 'The List,' Amy Siskind documents democracy's downfall - Like so many others, Amy Siskind was shocked by 2016's presidential outcome, and felt that President Trump's election thrust U.S. democracy into great danger. She wanted to document the signs of the forthcoming societal upheaval so she could remember how it occurred. After a mid-November walk at Val-Kill Eleanor Roosevelt's historic cottage in New York where Siskind reflected on Roosevelt's ...


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MOMBIAN LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books: Resources, actions - One of the most common questions I see from new LGBTQ parents is "Where can I find LGBTQ-inclusive books for my kids?" Here's one resource you should know—along with some thoughts on the state of LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books. The American Library Association's latest annual Rainbow Book List, announced last month, is intended "to aid youth and those working with youth ...


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FAIRY GARDENER Free Library boxes, spring growth, recipes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Good God, Gertie! What is that three-and-a-half-foot-tall package on my front porch? It is wrapped in soggy cardboard and covered in plastic wrapping tape with Cyrillic writing on it! It is, after I hauled it in, the "Free Library" box my sister had gotten me at Xmas. You may have seen other ones around the city in parkways. They look ...


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BOOKS 'Sisters in the Life' spotlights Black lesbian filmmakers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anyone who has seen Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman might remember it as a charming, unusual film, a faux documentary set in Philadelphia from a Black filmmaker trying to research a forgotten figure of cinema history. It also plays a pivotal role in the history of Black lesbian filmmaking. "It is the first time a Black lesbian is making a ...


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An Evening with David Sedaris in Evanston April 23 - From a press release - An Evening with David Sedaris is coming to Evanston's Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $68 ( plus fees ). They go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 16 at 10 am. This will be his only Chicago-area appearance on this tour, and he'll be reading from ...


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BOOKS Gore's new tale a bewitching spin on fiction - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 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 started writing about motherhood, while herself a young mother studying at Mills College, could become an internationally known queer icon, and the author of ...


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30th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA ( March 6, 2018 ) - Lambda Literary, the nation's oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the finalists of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - or the "Lammys," as they are affectionately known. The finalists were chosen from nearly 1,000 submissions and over 300 publishers. Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and ...


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BOOKS Talking with Joseph Cassara, author The House of Impossible Beauties - The House of Impossible Beauties is the fictionalized telling of the formation of the House of Xtravaganza, the Latinx house captured in the documentary film Paris is Burning. This beautifully written novel is equal parts grit and glamour, the story of the club kids and young trans people who came together to form a house and become a family. This ...


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BOOK REVIEW Death Goes Overboard - By David S. Pederson $18.95; Bold Strokes Books; 237 pages Can you float me a loan? It's a common question when your friends know you're flush with cash. Can I hold a 10 for a minute? Can you spot me five? Sure, you probably could but will it be hard to collect on that debt or, as in the ...


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BOOKS Paperback hero. Talking with 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 novel about an unnamed street hustler's adventures. The book of endless tricks and broken dreams careens from the streets of New York to Chicago ...


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BOOKS Jane Mersky Leder gets 'Dead Serious' about ending teen suicide - When Jane Mersky Leder first published Dead Serious: Breaking the Cycle of Teen Suicide in the late '80s, the "cultural and social landscape was so different than it is today. Very few people had access to computers, there was no [recognizable] internet, no open discussion about physical and sexual abuse, no suicide prevention programs in schools, no open discussion about ...


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BOOK REVIEW Every Day - By David Levithan. $9.99; Ember; 322 pages David Levithan is a beloved YA author consistently brave enough to take on themes of sexuality and gender identity. Every Day, first published in 2012 and about to become a movie of the same title, is likely one of the first portrayals of a sort of nonbinary identity in teen literature. A is ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES David Levithan brings 'A' game in new movie - Every Day is a new movie based on the novel by out writer David Levithan. It follows the story of a 16-year-old girl named Rhiannon searching for her soulmate. She becomes involved with a soul described as A, who wakes up in a different body each day. The spirit crosses genders in the process, and a challenging romance blooms along ...


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BOOKS Jerry Miller talks abuse, addiction in 'The Day the Rain Came Down' - Newsfeeds have been overwhelmed with stories of abuse. Whether it is the phenomenon of men in power, like Harvey Weinstein or the almost-impossible-to-fathom stories of abuse by the Turpins of California, Americans are increasingly aware of our behavior toward one another. Just how many people become victims of abuse? It is not known. Most victims of abuse, especially children, do ...


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BOOK REVIEW Juliet Takes a Breath - By Gabby Rivera; $19.99 Riverdale Avenue Books; 266 pages Juliet Takes a Breath is amazing on so many levels, but most remarkably because it's author Gabby Rivera's first book. Sure, Rivera's been writing for years, lately for Autostraddle, but the voice of Juliet Milagros Palante incredibly strong and vibrant and will hopefully help generations of queer youth ( of color ...


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2018 Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award winners named - From a press release - DENVER —"Little & Lion" by Brandy Colbert and published by Little, Brown and Company, and "The 57 Bus" by Dashka Slater and published by Farrar Straus Giroux are the 2018 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards — Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award. The awards were announced today by the American Library Association's ( ALA ...


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Woodward, Bernstein talk about Nixon, Trump and Watergate at NEIU - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Journalism icons and authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were featured in the latest Daniel L. Goodwin Distinguished Lecture Series at Northeastern Illinois University ( NEIU ) on Feb. 8. This was the first time the two have appeared together since the November 2016 election. In the early 1970s, Woodward and Bernstein broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, ...


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BOOKS Salman Rushdie on 'The Golden House,' LGBT subplot, global issues - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Sir Salman Rushdie's twelfth novel is The Golden House. Set in New York City, the story opens on the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, when the enigmatic, foreign billionaire Nero Golden takes up residence in The Gardens, a storied gated community in Greenwich Village. With his three sons, Golden ceremoniously arrives to re-establish himself in the United States. Significantly for ...


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NEW REPORT A Path to Victory in 2018, HRC and the Power of the Equality Voter - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a new report, A Path To Victory In 2018: The Power Of The Equality Voter ( https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/A_Path_To_Victory_In_2018_Report.pdf ) , on the growing political power of the LGBTQ movement and HRC's groundbreaking work to mobilize millions of "Equality Voters" in the 2018 elections . Last July, a year after ...


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NUNN ON ONE: BOOKS Gregory Kramer unveils drag reel - Fashion photographer Gregory Kramer has created a new book called DRAGS, spotlighting the art of drag. Centering on his home base of New York City has helped him focus on various drag icons in the Big Apple. Kramer has a strong background, photographing for companies/stores such as Bloomingdale's, Club Monaco, Macy's, Target and Saks Fifth Avenue. As a director, he ...


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Gerber/Hart seeks new board members as board prez steps down - The people behind Gerber/Hart Library and Archives want others to know they are here and looking for volunteers—more specifically, new board members. Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for records of LGBTQ individuals and organizations, as well as other resources regarding their lives and experiences in American society. The library/archive's mission includes the belief ...


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Local drag revue benefits Gerber/Hart - The night was toasty as "Ashley Morgan Presents: Winter Get Away — A Drag Revue" raised funds for Gerber/Hart Library and Archives at The Call Bar on January 20. Ashley Morgan Presents delivers a theatrical drag revue every third Saturday of the month at The Call Bar, which always benefits a different local organization. Each musical number in this show ...


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Norman Sandfield to speak on book "Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter & Metalsmith" - Norman L. Sandfield will speak on his new book, Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter & Metalsmith at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission will be $10 or $8 for members. Sandfield is an internationally known collector and antique dealer in Chicago and longtime friend of the Mitchell Museum, will ...







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