Published : Monday, March 13, 2017 | 1:45 PM
On Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m., Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse presents Diversity of Desire: Writing Queer Perspectives, an authors’ panel that brings together Southern California’s most exciting emerging LGBT voices to talk about writing. Their novels feature LGBT characters in diverse contexts and environments, from Louisiana to Chicago to Boston to Florida. Each of these writers – Erin Judge, the moderator, along with Catie Disabato, Dan Lopez, and Martin Pousson – deals with the specificities of individual characters and their circumstances, as well as navigating the overarching politics of our society and the evolution of social perspectives.
Moderator Erin Judge is a comedian, novelist, culture writer, producer, actor, and highly opinionated traveling nightclub entertainer based in Los Angeles. Erin’s debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, was released by Rare Bird Books in August 2016 to great reviews. Her words also appear in VanityFair.com, the Advocate, and Salon. As a stand-up comic, Erin has appeared on NBC and Comedy Central, and she’s performed in more than 60 North American cities with the CAKE Comedy Tour. She currently co-hosts Romantic Comedy, a popular monthly comedy show at The Ripped Bodice, the country’s first romance bookstore, in Culver City, CA.
Praise for Vow of Celibacy:
“Erin Judge’s Vow of Celibacy is a smart, witty coming-of-age tale starring a complex and courageous heroine who stays burned in your memory long after you put down the book. Natalie’s bold adventures in self-discovery and desire are sometimes hilarious, sometimes unnerving, but always engrossing.”—Heather Havrilesky, The Cut’s “Ask Polly” and author of How to Be a Person in The World
“Vow of Celibacy is both engaging and sex-positive…[A] funny and smart exploration of sex, love, and every woman’s road to body-positivity.” —Foreword Magazine (which named VOC “Book of the Day” for July 27, 2016)
Catie Disabato burst on to the literary scene with her debut novel The Ghost Network. She’s written criticism and commentary for Racked, Extra Crispy, Full Stop, The Millions, and The Rumpus. Her short fiction was featured on Joyland. Disabato grew up in Chicago and graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for The Ghost Network:
“A smart and thorny debut novel… The Ghost Network presents the maze of modern culture with all its dead ends and truncations, but reveals treasure to those who walk the path.”—New York Times Book Review
“In search of a missing pop star, two young women…use journals and songs to determine what happened and manage to fall in love along the way.” – Library Journal
Dan Lopez’s work has appeared in The Millions, Storychord, Time Out New York, and Lambda Literary, among others. The Show House is his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles.
Praise for The Show House:
“The Show House is at once a nuanced psychological thriller and a thoughtful exploration of familial love and dysfunction set in sun-stroked, hurricane-threatened Orlando. Danger lurks around every corner… “—Edan Lepucki, author of “California”
“The Show House…is a mystery that brings together murder, passion, family, and ideas of what it means to be gay in the face of normative pressures. Less of a typical whodunit, Lopez’s debut novel will be, for many, a refreshing exploration of why-did-they-do-it. Which, being read as a question left unanswered, is a powerful nod to the gulf that exists between action and intent in the face of tragedy… a thought provoking meditation on the anxieties and pain that lurk within contemporary gay life.”—Theodore Kerr, Lambda Literary
Martin Pousson was born and raised in the bayou land of Louisiana. His short stories won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and have appeared in The Antioch Review, Epoch, Five Points, TriQuarterly, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere. He also was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. He now lives in Los Angeles. His novel Black Sheep Boy was a Los Angeles Times literary pick of the week.
Praise for Black Sheep Boy:
“This is the kind of book that you don’t need to be LGBT-plus to enjoy; you just need to pick up a copy and start reading.”—Los Angeles Times
“Seductive and thrilling… depths of passion and longing…this book really does cast a spell on you…Magical realism has moved north to Acadiana, and the spell takes. This is a novel of masks, hidden shames that explode into ecstasy.”—Jeff MacMahon, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide
For more information about Diversity of Desire: Writing Queer Perspectives, contact Gail Mishkin at (818) 790-0717. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, at the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and the Angeles Crest Hwy. Take the Angeles Crest exit off the 210, turn south, make a right onto Foothill Blvd., and turn left onto Chevy Chase. Parking is in the rear of the store.