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Wednesday, Sept. 20 - 8pm Show/7:30 sign-up SMACK DAB QUEER Open Mic w/ featured reader Brenda Usher-Carpino Brenda Usher-Carpino learned decades ago that only the strong survive, and that we must have compassion and empathy for those who are not strong. She has found this requisite strength in her writing, in her unique voice that offers the richness of a Black lesbian who was married to a straight White man, to a veteran world class race walker who led her team to a silver medal in Australia. The multiple, seemingly disparate facets of Brenda’s life have been the inspiration of a work in progress, “A STRANGE NOSTALGIA/Memoir In A Prism”. Brenda is a playwright who staged her first play, BLOOD TYPES twice, has read for LIMINAL, Lit Crawl, Beast Crawl, Get Lit, Voz Sin Tinta, and has a published essay with Foglifter. Brenda is a poet, a short story writer, an essayist, a blogger, and is a commercial actor and lifestyle model. She holds a Ph.D. in French Language & Literature from Stanford, and an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College.
Sunday, Sept. 24 - 7pm Perfectly Queer presents Dzanc Books reading featuring Jason Tougaw, author ofThe One You Get Tougaw marries neuroscience and family lore to tell his story of growing up gay in 1970s Southern California, raised by hippies who had “dropped out” and couldn’t seem to find their way back in. “There’s something wrong with our blood,” the family mantra ran — a catchall answer for incidents such as Tougaw’s schizophrenic great-grandfather directing traffic nude on the Golden Gate Bridge, the author’s dyslexia and hypochondria, and the near-death experience of his notorious jockey grandfather, Ralph Neves.
and Deb Busman, author ofLike A Woman Like Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, Debra Busman's Like A Woman is a vivid coming-of-age story, revealing the lives of teenage girls on the streets of Los Angeles, trying to hold onto their sense of humanity against a backdrop of racism, poverty, sexism, and violence.
Wednesday, Sept. 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.
Wednesday, Oct. 4 - 7pm Stephen Beachy, author of Glory Hole It’s 2006, and a cloud of darkness seems to have descended over the Earth—or at least over the minds of a ragtag assortment of Bay Area writers, drug dealers, social workers, porn directors, and Melvin, a street kid and refugee from his Mormon family. A shooter runs amok in an Amish schoolhouse, the president runs amok in the Middle East, a child is kidnapped from Disneyland, and on the local literary scene, a former child prostitute and wunderkind author that nobody has ever met has become a media sensation.But something is fishy about this author, Huey Beauregard, and so Melvin and his friends launch an investigation into the webs of self-serving stories, lies, rumors, and propaganda that have come to constitute our sad, fractured reality.Glory Hole is a novel about the ravages of time and the varied consequences of a romantic attitude toward literature and life. It is about AIDS, meth, porn, fake biographies, street outreach, the study of Arabic verb forms, Polish transgender modernists, obsession, and future life forms. It’s about getting lost in the fog, about prison as both metaphor and reality, madness, evil clowns, and mystical texts. also reading, Johnny Ray Huston
Sunday, Oct. 8 - 7pm Kenny Fries, author of In The Province of The Gods in conversation with Achy Obejas.
Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.
ACHY OBEJAS is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins, Days of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She edited and translated (into English) the anthology Havana Noir, and has since translated Junot Díaz, Rita Indiana, Wendy Guerra, and many others. In 2014, she was awarded a USA Ford Fellowship for her writing and translation. She currently serves as the Director of the MFA in Translation program at Mills College in Oakland, California.
Thursday, Oct. 12 - 7pm Perfectly Queer Rainbow Reading: From Personal Experience Lynne Barnes, , author of Falling Into Flowers Kate Carroll de Gutes, author of The Authenticity Experiment: Lessons From the Best and Worst Year of My Life Kate Jessica Raphael, author of Murder Under the Fig Tree
Monday, October 16 - 7pm Lewis DiSimone, author of Channeling Morgan A lively satire in which the literary world collides with Hollywood mores, Manhattan drag queens, and the occasional ghost sighting.
Thursday, Nov. 30 - 7pm Renata Stendhal, author of Kiss Me Again, Paris Stendhal ekes out a living as a cultural journalist in Europe's most cultured city. She walks Paris at night dressed as a boy, has friends and lovers among artists and writers, and falls under the spell of the mercurial actress Claude, who has all of Paris talking. At the same time, she finds herself in the crosshairs of an alluring stranger who seems to appear everywhere and nowhere at once. There are mysteries with and without clues. Is sexual obsession a way to avoid the risk of love? Susan Efros, author ofGirls Gone Astray Girls Gone Astray is a collection of short and shorter stories about women in their teens to eighties who venture off the traditional path to discover unexpected and potent truths about themselves.