September 2019 we're featuring the art of Dina Marshalek
Tuesday, September 17, 7 - 9pm Book Release Party for The Lion in Me by Andrew Jordan Nance
In the latest picture book from educator Andrew Nance, author of the bestselling Puppy Mind, a young boy learns to calm his ferocious anger. Using deep breaths, the lion inside--his growling anger--can be tamed. Written in a rhyming style that will be fun for the whole family, this is the perfect book to introduce basic mindfulness practices for emotional regulation to children.
With illustrations by Jim Durk, whose work includes Puppy Mind and many of the Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books.
Wednesday, October 2 @ 7pm Marc Stein author of The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History
A comprehensive collection of 200 transcribed documents from the early stages of the LGBTQ rights movement. Stein is a capable curator...[A] worthwhile dive into LGBTQ history. - Publishers Weekly
[A] mosaic of the cultural and political realities before, during, and after the riots. The book reflects both the brilliance and contradictions of a multifaceted history...Stein's reflective curation is an important contribution to understanding what Stonewall was and what it represents...illuminating. - Kirkus Reviews
"Trebor Healey has shown us in these utterly original stories how the English-speaking part of the Americas confronts the Spanish-speaking part." — Edmund White, author of A Boy’s Own Story
Tuesday, October 8 @ 7pm reading & release party for
Falling: Stories by Trebor Healey
Characters lose their way, figuratively and literally, and confront the profound displacement of modern life. These are stories of hard-won redemption and transformation — a widower who finds meaning adopting refugee children, a painter who reconnects with his son after losing everything, a nun victimized and haunted by state terror, and a peripatetic gay man in utter despair and fatigue who finally bonds with his dying father.
In Healey’s skilled hands, there is a flicker of hope in the hopeless, a way forward in the pathless wood, and a bridge — though rickety and swaying — across even the most harrowing chasm. Together, these vignettes cover a dizzying breadth of the human experience. From a contemporary reimagination of the life of Evita Perón with a gay man in the starring role to the story of an abandoned building full of ghosts in the center of Mexico City, this collection suggests other ways of seeing in a world overburdened by history.
"In this beautifully drawn collection, Trebor Healey takes the reader into vividly imagined worlds, each story absorbing in its details and spiraling, surprising complexities." — Sarah Van Arsdale, author of In Case of Emergency, Break Glass
Wednesday, October 9, 7pm GLBT Book Club discusses Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and funny, readers are drawn into a daughters complex yearning for her father. Apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.
Friday, October 18 @ 7pm Reading & Release Party for
Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 - 1997 by Alvin Orloff Orloff will read from his salacious memoir and be "in conversation" with Alia Volz
A compelling memoir of social life in the queer underground of San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles at a time when the manic frivolity of gay liberation and youth collided with the deadly reality of plague.
"Orloff's memoir of San Francisco queers facing the mounting AIDS crisis and freaking, caring, denying, performing, and carrying on is a witty remembrance that avoids cheap sentiment or easy responses. Tackling a mass of contradictions with unflinching realness, this book both entertains and inspires." --Michael Musto, author, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back
"A darkly funny memoir depicting SF's Queer Underground during the height of the AIDS Crisis when we were young, angry and horny as hell! This is a remarkable evocation of a heroic time. Long live the queens!!!" --Justin Vivian Bond, author, Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels
"Disasterama takes us deep into the 80s and the daily creative resistance that saved the culture's soul during the plague years. With wit and flair Alvin Orloff gives us a guided tour of the era's vibrant subcultures; glittering, pointed reactions to a cold-hearted status quo. Heartbreaking and hilarious, sexed-up and political, Disasterama is a deeply personal coming-of-age story. --Michelle Tea, author Against Memoir and Modern Tarot
"A book that all at once reads as a memoir, a eulogy and a love letter to San Francisco--set in those critical years between the death of disco and the first tech boom-- Disasterama offers up a chronicle of fags, dykes, punks, freaks, and club kids partying on the Best Coast and the impact of AIDS, art, and activism on the post Baby Boomer/ pre-Millennial van garde. SPOILER ALERT: the last three chapters will completely rip yr heart out." --Brontez Purnell, author, The Cruising Diaries
also appearing The Disasterama Dancers and Tony Vaguely as Mrs. Miller
Wednesday, October 30, 7pm
Judy Grahn & Jim Tilley
Jim Tilley is the author of AGAINST THE WIND. His debut novel brings to question topics of environmental activism, family and gender identity, rape, and unresolved rivalries, to name a few. Ralph, a successful environmental lawyer who represents big energy companies, is forced to reevaluate his work and personal beliefs when Lynn, his former love and a high school English teacher asks him to take up her environmental cause. To complicate matters, Jules, Lynn's child and the product of a rape by an acquaintance of Ralph in high school, is a transgender adolescent male with engineering aspiration who struggles to excel in a world hostile to his kind. Other principal characters include a French-Canadian political science profressor, an accomplished engineer drawfed by his father's success, and a Quebec separatist party's Minister of Natural Resources.
Judy Grahn is an internationally known poet, writer, and social theorist. Her work has an American Book Review Award, two American Book Awards, a Stonewall (American Library) Award, the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement in Lesbian Letters Award, and two Lambda book awards. She is currently Associated Distinguished Professor, Integral and Transpersonal Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies in SF, where in the 1990s she earned her PhD in Integral Studies. She served as codirector for an MA program in Women’s Spirituality for thirteen years, and for an MFA in Creative Inquiry for five years. In HANGING ON OUR OWN BONES, Grahn weaves real-life conditions with goddess mythology to construct modern interpretations of lamentation in nine parts. Here Grahn’s steadfast and rhythmic verse directs our eyes to crucial yet often buried tribulations of our times by critiquing white supremacy, honoring battered women, exalting the powers of menstruation, conflating all labor with birth imagery, and revealing lateral hostilities among potential allies—all in order to arouse a meaningful social critique.
PLEASE NOTE: Smack Dab Queer Open Mic has moved to Manny's on 16th St.