Queens Pride House to hold its first Book Fest event
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21 July 2014 — Queens Pride House will host its first book-related event on Tuesday, August 5, with the authors of a number of books on topics related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community present to discuss their work with attendees at Book Fest 2014. ”We’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase LGBT authors and their books,” said Pauline Park, president of the board of directors and acting executive director. The event will take place at Pride House from 7-9 p.m.
Among the books to be featured at the Book Fest 2014 is “Flower of Iowa,” the first novel by veteran journalist Lance Ringel, a bittersweet saga of World War I in which an American soldier and a British soldier unexpectedly fall in love behind the battle lines in France. “Flower of Iowa” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I in 1914. Ringel spent 21 years researching and writing this book, which was selected in May as one of the top summer reads by The Advocate magazine.
Another book that will be introduced to Pride House members at the event will be “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,” a resource guide for transgendered and gender-variant people edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, M.D.
Among the authors who will be present at Book Fest is Leslie L. Smith, who will be discussing his new book, “Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual,” a serio-comic tale of sex, loss, redemption and medication in the age of AIDS — the first novel about the anti-HIV treatments PEP and PrEP. Smith has produced, written and directed off-Broadway productions and independent films, including “David Searching.” Smith is the editor of “Leaving the Rest: Gay Men on Alcoholism, Addiction and Recovery.”
Also participating in Book Fest will be the renowned photographer, Mariette Pathy Allen, who will be introducing the book, “TransCuba,” with her photos and a text by Mariela Castro Espín, which focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro’s presidency.
Another author who will be participating in the event is Nancy Agabian, who will be talking about “Me as Her Again,” her memoir about coming of age as bisexual in an Armenian family; the book was published in 2008 and has just been re-leased as an e-book.
The only LGBT community center in the borough, Queens Pride House was founded in 1997 and moved to its present location on 37th Ave. in 2006. Queens Pride House serves over 6,000 clients and conducts health support, education and referral programs, and cultural and social programming and offers free counseling to members of the community. For directions to Pride House, see this map:
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