Scheduled Readings & Events for details, call 415-658-7920
Ralph Josiah Bardsley , Tim Floreen & Bonnie J. Miller
Monday, July 24th - 7pm James Daniel reads his new novel, Holy Roller Disco: Growing Up Gay in the Seventies a coming-of-age story about a boy from New Jersey who grows up wanting to believe everything his church tells him. All goes well until the boy reaches puberty and discovers he is attracted to the same sex. He struggles with the differences between his libido and his religious beliefs until he finds a way to come out of his closet without simultaneously being condemned to eternal damnation. A Christian summer camp, some out-of-state college courses, a 6000-mile road trip, a roller rink, and a whole lot of praying and disco dancing add up to one treacherous, adventurous, and redemptive journey.
Tuesday, August 1st - 7pm Wayne & Rick's Big Castro Publication Party Wayne Goodman and Rick May celebrate the publication of their new books with friends Lori Ostlund and Anne Raeff. Goodman's new novel Better Angels is a retelling for modern readers of the first known American Gay novel, Joseph and His Friend by Bayard Taylor, published in 1869. May is celebrating the paperback edition of his short-story collection Inhuman Beings: Monsters, Myths, & Science Fiction. Ostlund reads from her novel After the Parade, and Raeff reads from her short-story collection The Jungle Around Us. Champagne and chocolates, party favors, and door prizes! Signing by all four authors follows the readings.
Monday, August 7 - 7 pm BRIGHT HEROINES IN DARK TIMES featuring Michelle Cox, author of the Henrietta & Inspector Howard series, A Girl Like You, A Right of Truth Joanne Doucette, author of Last Seen, A Dr. Pepper Hunt Mystery Jennifer Dwight, author of The Toiling of Mercedes Bell Judith Newton, author of Oink, A Food for Thought Mystery J.J. Doucette, author of Last Seen Kate Raphael, author of Murder Under the Bridge: A Palestine Mystery
Wednesday, August 9 - 7pm LGBT Book Club discusses Gods & Monsters by Christopher Bram
Monday, August 14 - 7pm Perfectly Queer Reading Series presents It Ain't Just Genre! Why is fiction a wrestling match, with literary fiction in one corner and genre fiction in another? Isn't a mystery or a romance or science fiction as much literature as non-genre fiction? We'll thrash those questions and more out at "It Aint Just Genre!" Three writers will read from their new books: Ralph Josiah Bardsley, author of A Careful Heart (romance), Tim Floreen, author of Tattoo Atlas (horror), and Bonnie J. Miller, author of Sappho's Bar and Grill (speculative fiction). The readings will be followed by a panel discussion and book signing. Door prizes awarded. Wine, edibles, and good cheer provided for free.
Sunday, August 27 - 2pm Danny Nicoletta presents LGBT San Francisco An informal artist's talk and book signing with photographer Daniel Nicoletta. Best known for his iconic images of his friend Harvey Milk, Nicoletta has been documenting San Francisco's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities since 1975. LGBT San Francisco, Nicoletta's lavishly produced new book from Reel Art Press in London, compiles over 40 years of his forceful, surprising, historically invaluable and supremely queer images of LGBTQ arts, culture, activism and personalities in San Francisco. Cosponsored by the GLBT Historical Society.
Wednesday, September 27 - 7pm The Psychedelic Book Club discusses Acid Test by Tom Schroeder. A book about the life of Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (the organization that's funding the MDMA-PTSD studies), and the life of a soldier who receives MDMA-PTSD treatment.