Category Archives: What’cha Reading

Boston Book Festival kicks off tonight

Boston Book FestivalTonight Herbie Hancock kicks off the 2014 Boston Book Festival with his Memoir Keynote and on Friday evening Susan Minot gives the Fiction Keynote.  On Saturday the 2014 BBF starts in earnest with programs through out the weekend.

Peruse the full calendar of events for Saturday and Sunday which are mostly free and open to the public:  2014 BBF Calendar of Events.

Meet the author: Marc Solomon

TWCTen years ago Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. And after the US Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in the summer of 2013 a tipping point had been reached; as of right now there are 32 states provide legal recognition and that number seems to be growing by the day.

Author and community organizer, Marc Solomon, who wrote, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won, has been invited by TWC to have a “Meet the Author”.

Marc Solomon  What:  Author Salon — Marc Solomon 
  When:  Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  Where:  BoConcept, 999 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA
  RSVP: Purchase tickets here

 

The Author Salon as TWC refers to it is on Tuesday, November 11 in Cambridge. In addition to the titillating discussion, you can enjoy complimentary drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka and Hint, plus the chance to buy a signed copy of Winning Marriage (at a discount!).  Previous Author Salons hosted by TWC have sold out so if this is of interest, mark the date on your calendar and get your tix – quick.

Boston Book Festival

BBFThe Boston Book Festival takes place next weekend October 23 – 25 in Copley Square and through out much of the Back Bay. I believe this marks the 6th annual book festival which has grown significantly and last year attracted more than 25,000 people.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Herbie Hancock, Norman FosterThe weekend event combines a street festival with an array of authors and other literary presenters from here and around the world. Daytime events at the Boston Book Festival are free and there are some lectures and other evening events that are offered for a modest fee.   If you’ve never attended this free, public event in Boston, I’d encourage you to check it out.  More information about this year’s Boston Book Festival may be found on their website, www.bostonbookfest.org.

The Harlot’s Guide to Classy Cocktails

The Harlot's Guide  to Classy CocktailsEarlier this week NYC Drag Queen, Jeza Belle, released her new book The Harlot’s Guide to Classy Cocktails. I figured with the weekend right around the corner this was as good a time as any to give the book a plug.  Ms. Belle’s book includes delicious drink recipes as well as true drunken tales from drag queens around the world.

There is more information about Jeza Belle on her Facebook page.  To learn more about or to purchase the book, link here: harlotsguide.com.

Johnny Diaz at South End Library Tuesday, 9/30

looking for providence johnny diazMiami native and one time Boston resident and Boston Globe reporter, Johnny Diaz, returns to the South End branch of the Boston Public Library to read from his new book, Looking for Providence.   I wrote about Johnny’s book in my July post, Summer reading list.

No plans on Tuesday, September 30th? Head over to the South End annex of the BPL at 685 Tremont Street from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and meet Johnny.

More event information about this free event here.

Summer reading list: Kenneth Walsh and Johnny Diaz

Are you contemplating what to bring with you when you head out of town for vacation?  Whether it is for a long weekend or a week long break, there are two new LGBT books that provide just the right mix of humor and entertainment to make them perfect options for summer reading.

Kenneth WalshNYC blogger, Kenneth Walsh, earlier this year released his memoir, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? which I wrote about in May, here.

Kenneth’s first novel reminisces about what life was like for a gay Midwestern teenager coming of age in the 1980s and 1990s before the advent of  the Internet, mobile phones and apps.

 

looking for providence johnny diazMiami-native and former Boston resident, Johnny Diaz is back with another fiction novel Looking for Providence - this time set in Providence, RI. Diaz has written several novels (some set here in Boston) all are easy, enjoyable reads and perfect for bringing to the beach.

Earlier this month he posted an interview with the main character, Ronnie Reyes, that provides some insight into the main character and nicely shows his easy writing style.

While you can easily purchase these books at your favorite online shop, I would like to encourage readers to visit Boston’s sole remaining LGBT bookstore, Calamus Bookstore at 92B South Street in Boston or call them to order a copy at (617) 338-1931.

Armistead Maupin at The Crown & Anchor Bear Week

Tales of the CityArmistead Maupin will be returning to Provincetown during Bear Week this year.  He’ll be reading from his latest work and sharing anecdotes and insights at The Crown & Anchor Sunday, July 13th.

I love this photo of Sergio hanging with Armistead at the Crown & Anchor back in 2012. He is a very friendly and approachable guy.

Click here for more info about the event and to purchase tickets.