Before I Had the Words: A Reading with Trans Memoirist SKYLAR KERGIL

Brookline Booksmith welcomes Youtuber Skylar “skylarkeleven” Kergil for a reading of his memoir Before I Had The Words.  KERGIL is a transgender activist, artist, and writer living in Boston.

Before I Had the Words is the story of what came before the videos and what happened behind the scenes. From early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought by adolescence, KERGIL reflects on coming of age while struggling to understand his gender. As humorous as it is heartbreaking and as informative as it is entertaining, this memoir provides an intimate look at the experience of transitioning from one gender to another. KERGIL opens up about the long path to gaining his family’s acceptance and to accepting himself, sharing stories along the way about smaller challenges like choosing a new name and learning to shave without eyebrow mishaps.

This event is free and open to the public.


Author STEPHANIE GAYLE reads Idyll Fears, the 2nd in her LGTBQ crime series

Attention crime-novel enthusiasts!  A new series is underway, and you can meet the author, STEPHANIE GAYLE, at Porter Square Books for a reading of the second novel in her crime series: Idyll Fears.

It’s two weeks before Christmas 1997, and Chief Thomas Lynch faces a crisis when Cody Forrand, a six-year-old with a life-threatening medical condition, goes missing during a blizzard. The confusing case shines a national spotlight on the small, sleepy town of Idyll, Connecticut, where small-time crime is already on the rise and the police seem to be making mistakes left and right.  Further complicating matters, Lynch, still new to town, finds himself the target of prank calls and hate speech that he worries is the work of a colleague, someone struggling to accept working with a gay chief of police.

This event is free and open to the public.

 


Biographer MARK SCHNEIDER on Gerry Studs: America’s First Openly Gay Congressman

Porter Square Books welcomes biographer MARK ROBERT SCHNEIDER with his biography of the first openly gay congressman Gerry Studds, who served the Massachusetts South Shore, Cape Cod, and New Bedford congressional district from 1973 to 1997.

On the floor of Congress, Studds confessed to having behaved inappropriately and then courageously declared that he was a gay man— becoming the country’s first openly gay member of Congress.  Defying all expectations, Studds won reelection in a bruising campaign.  For the rest of his career, he remained loyal to his constituents’ concerns while also championing AIDS research and care, leading the effort in Congress to allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military, and opposing the Defense of Marriage Act.  Once a deeply conflicted man, he ultimately found a balance between his public service and his private life, which included a happy, legally recognized marriage.

This event is not ticketed.


Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning editor and writer KIRSTEN PALLADINO, cofounder of EquallyWed.com, for a discussion of her book, Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding.

By and large, most wedding books in the market are still centered around one bride and one groom. And yet, the advent of full marriage equality in the United States has made a new, polished wedding planning book dedicated to guiding LGBTQ couples both timely and essential.  KIRSTEN OTT PALLADINO will fill that need with this definitive book to inspire couples everywhere who are seeking a meaningful, personal ceremony and a momentous beginning to legally married life.

This book will be for sale at the event for 20% off.  There will also be a signing after the event.

No tickets required for entry.


LGBTQ Novelists JONATHAN STRONG and KELLY FORD

Porter Square Books hosts novelists JONATHAN STRONG and GrubStreet’s KELLY FORD for a discussion of their work.

JONATHAN STRONG’s Quit the Race is “…the story of a loving long-term couple weighing the best interests of their relationship against the desire of each to live the life he wants…Strong uses this drama to explore the nature of love and compromise, the longing to connect, and the need for independent identity and control.” –Stephen McCauley

KELLY  FORD’s Cottonmouths is the story of Emily Skinner.  College was supposed to be an escape for her. But after failing out of school, she’s left with no choice but to return to her small hometown in the Ozarks, a place run on gossip and good Christian values.  She’s not alone. Emily’s former best friend— and childhood crush— Jody Monroe is back with a baby. Emily can’t resist the opportunity to reconnect, despite the uncomfortable way things ended between them and her mom’s disapproval of their friendship. When Emily stumbles upon a meth lab on Jody’s property, she realizes just how far they’ve both fallen.

This event is not ticketed.

Quit the Race and Cottonmouths are currently being sold at Porter Square Books.

If you cannot attend the event, you can still get a signed copy by purchasing the book online and mentioning in the comments section at checkout that you want it signed (or personalized).  This must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the event.


Local novelists KELLY FORD (Cottonmouths) and MICHELLE HOOVER (Bottomland)

Join local authors and Grubstreet instructors KELLY FORD and MICHELLE HOOVER at Papercuts JP for an evening of reading and discussion.

From a compelling new voice in LGBTQ and Southern fiction, FORD’s Cottonmouths is a gripping tale of crime and desire amid small-town America’s meth epidemic.

At once intimate and sweeping, HOOVER’s Bottomland follows the Hess family in the years after World War I, as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name.

This event is ticketed; you can purchase tickets here.


LGBT Novelist SJ SINDU reads from Marriage of a Thousand Lies

Brookline Booksmith welcomes SJ SINDU with her novel Marriage of a Thousand Lies.  Lucky and her husband, Krishna, are gay.  They present an illusion of marital bliss to their conservative families while each dates on the side.  It’s not ideal, but it seems to be working— that is, until Lucky rekindles a relationship with her first lover and childhood best friend, Nisha.

“A timely tale with themes of immigration, free will, identity, and personal choice.” — Booklist

This event is co-sponsored by Boston Pride.