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Giovanni's Room

345 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

United States

(215) 923-2960; giovannis_roomverizon.net

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Web site: http://www.giovannisroom.com/

Events: http://www.giovannisroom.com/event

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Apr
24
A Reading with Kelly Cogswell (Thursday, April 24 at 5:30pm)
Join us as activist and journalist Kelly Cogswell gives a reading from her new memoir, Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger.

At once streetwise and wistful, "Eating Fire" is a witty and urgent coming-of-age memoir spanning two decades, from the Culture War of the early 1990s to the War on Terror. Cogswell's story is an engaging blend of picaresque adventure, how-to activist handbook, and rigorous inquiry into questions of identity, resistance, and citizenship. It is also a compelling, personal recollection of friendships and fallings-out and of finding true love--several times over. After the Lesbian Avengers imploded, Cogswell describes how she became a pioneering citizen journalist, cofounding the "Gully" online magazine with the groundbreaking goal of offering "queer views on everything." The first in-depth account of the influential Lesbian Avengers, "Eating Fire" reveals the group's relationship to the queer art and activist scene in early '90s New York and establishes the media-savvy Avengers as an important precursor to groups such as Occupy Wall Street and La Barbe, in France. A rare insider's look at the process and perils of street activism, Kelly Cogswell's memoir is an uncompromising and ultimately empowering story of creative resistance against hatred and injustice.

Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger (University of Minnesota Press) Paperback, $19.95
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Apr
27
Filmed Stories from Giovanni's Room (Sunday, April 27 at 7pm)
Last winter Social Movements Oral History Tour spent a day interviewing voices of the community who organized for social justice after the Stonewall Riots, survived the HIV/ AIDS epidemic, and helped to create a queer culture that many of us take for granted today. Come listen to selected clips, discuss and enjoy snacks!

Guest presenters: Suzy Subways (who curates the Student Liberation Action Movement oral history project documenting organizing at CUNY) and members of the Trans Oral History Project.

SoMove, or the Social Movements Oral History Tour, is network of activists, oral historians, artists, documentary-makers and independent journalists working together to document ways people creatively change their lives, neighborhoods and the world. Such stories push back against and reframe conventional ideas and oppressive narratives that derive from colonialism and are used to justify inequality. SoMove is currently touring the country and partnering with community groups to collect digital and archive oral histories. SoMove also helps local groups fundraise for, record, edit and distribute their own high-quality oral history and documentary work.
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Apr
28
An evening of listening to stories from Giovanni's Room and the Trans Oral History Project and discussing the importance and practice of radical archiving (Monday, April 28 at 7:30pm)
Join us for an evening of listening to stories from Giovanni's Room and the Trans Oral History Project and discussing the importance and practice of radical archiving.

The Trans Oral History Project is a community based effort to collect and distribute the diverse stories of Transgender people. With a national network and local community cores in Philadelphia and Chicago the TOHP has collected over 50 stories in 12 states. The TOHP believes that trans folks telling the stories of our own communities is crucial to re-framing the stereotypes and misconceptions that exist about the trans community. The TOHP distributes stories though an online story bank, a zine distro, community workshops and most recently, a youth educators toolkit, I Live for Trans Education. Stories from our archives are available online at
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SoMove
, or the Social Movements Oral History Tour, is network of activists, oral historians, artists, documentary-makers and independent journalists working together to document ways people creatively change their lives, neighborhoods and the world. Such stories push back against and reframe conventional ideas and oppressive narratives that derive from colonialism and are used to justify inequality. SoMove is currently touring the country and partnering with community groups to collect digital and archive oral histories. SoMove also helps local groups fundraise for, record, edit and distribute their own high-quality oral history and documentary work.
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Last
winter, we visited Philadelphia's Giovanni's Room—the nation's longest, continuously running queer bookstore. We recorded the voices of the community who organized for social justice after the Stonewall riot, survived the HIV/ AIDS epidemic, and helped to create a queer culture that many of us take for granted today. Come listen to selected clips and join in a discussion of radical archiving practices.

6-7pm - Time to visit listening stations 7-8pm - Roundtable Discussion on Radical Archiving with SoMove and the Trans Oral History Project. 8-8:30pm - Time to chat and network !

This event was made possible by the William Way LGBT Community Center. The William Way LGBT Community Center is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of Greater Philadelphia through service, recreational, cultural, and educational programming.
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Co-sponsored
by Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, a network of oral historians, activists, cultural workers, community organizers, and documentary artists who use oral history and narrative in creative, effective and ethical ways to support movement building and transformative social change. Groundswell’s mission is to build the creativity and power of social justice movements by providing mutual support, training, and resources in the practice of grassroots oral history.

Location: Street: William Way LGBTQ Community Center Additional: 1315 Spruce St. City: Philadelphia, Province: Pennsylvania Postal Code: 19107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
3
A Reading with H.L. Sudler (Saturday, May 3 at 1pm)
Join us as H.L. Sudler reads from his forthcoming release, Summerville.

"It's summertime in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and everything is beautiful. The town, the weather, the ocean, the people. For four months this seaside community becomes a playground for vacationers seeking to soak up all the fun the town has to offer. But this summer will be different, when devastating secrets threaten to destroy a family and nearly everyone they will come to know. A fugitive murderer, a wayward socialite, a deceptive med student, and a destructive sociopath all set the stage for a combustive summer. One filled with sex, lies, secrets, betrayals, vendettas, and a revenge that will scandalize this town beyond anyone's imagination. From Miami Beach to Rehoboth Beach and from Cinco de Mayo to Labor Day, a trail of blood and destruction will snake its way through the lives of a select group of individuals who will become forever connected by the depth of hatred and the stain of murder."

Summerville is available in paperback and eBook at Giovanni's Room and online April 3, 2014.

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May
8
A Reading with Alexis De Veaux (Thursday, May 8 at 5:30pm)
Join us in welcoming Alexis De Veaux as she gives a reading from her forthcoming release Yabo.

This is a free event.

Praise for Yabo:

See Yabo ... like a Mingus composition: Pentecostal, blues-inflected, full of wit and that deep literacy of the black diaspora. The present, the past, the uncertain future collapse upon themselves in this narrative of place/s. ...Yabo calls our ghosts back and holds us accountable for memory. — Cheryl Clarke, author, Living as a Lesbian and The Days of Good Looks

Alexis De Veaux laces together the past and the present with poetic elegance in an intricate and delicate pattern of call and response. ...Echoing the work of Jean Toomer and Toni Morrison, Yabo speaks in a powerful and insistent cadence about things we may have forgotten: death, desire, magic and the drum beat of resilience. — Jewelle Gomez, author, The Gilda Stories

“Living between possibilities” is a key theme of and narrative hinge in Alexis De Veaux's ever-surprising innovative hybrid novella Yabo. As much a work of spiritual excavation and conjuration as fiction, this text opens doors to worlds we might otherwise pass by, showing in the process what it truly means to create. A poetic, enthralling, unforgettable text. — John Keene, author, Annotations of an autopsy

About the author: "Alexis De Veaux’s work is defined by two critical concerns: making the racial and sexual experiences of black female characters central, and disrupting boundaries between forms. She is the author of two award-winning biographies: Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday and Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. A celebrated writer of poetry, children’s literature, plays, essays and journalism, De Veaux is also an activist recognized for her lifelong contributions to a number of women’s and literary organizations. With her new work, Yabo, Alexis has returned to her first love: writing fiction."

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May
15
26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Reading (Thursday, May 15 at 5:30pm)
Giovanni's Room is proud to host this year's Lambda Literary Award finalists for readings from their nominated works. This is a free event.

Confirmed readers are:

Phil Tiemeyer, author of Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants.
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Larry
Benjamin, author of Unbroken.
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Roberta
Degnore, author of Invisible Soft Return:

Brian Teare, author of Companion Grasses.
Amber">http://www.queerbooks.com/book/9781890650797

Amber
Dawn, author of How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler's Memoir.
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L.C
. Chase, author of Pickup Men.
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Michael
Klein, author of The Talking Day
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Jun
3
A Reading with Suzanna Danuta Walters (Tuesday, June 3 at 6pm)
Join us as Suzanna Danuta Walters comes to Giovanni's Room to give a reading from her newest release, The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality. This is a free event.

From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have undoubtedly experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. Our reigning national story is that a new era of rainbow acceptance is at hand. But dig a bit deeper, and this seemingly brave new gay world is disappointing. For all of the undeniable changes, the plea for tolerance has sabotaged the full integration of gays into American life. Same-sex marriage is unrecognized and unpopular in the vast majority of states, hate crimes proliferate, and even in the much vaunted “gay friendly” world of Hollywood and celebrity culture, precious few stars are openly gay.

In The Tolerance Trap, Suzanna Walters takes on received wisdom about gay identities and gay rights, arguing that we are not “almost there,” but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. After all, we tolerate unpleasant realities: medicine with strong side effects, a long commute, an annoying relative. Drawing on a vast array of sources and sharing her own personal journey, Walters shows how the low bar of tolerance demeans rather than ennobles both gays and straights alike. Her fascinating examination covers the gains in political inclusion and the persistence of anti-gay laws, the easy-out sexual freedom of queer youth and the suicides and murders of those in decidedly intolerant environments. She challenges both “born that way” storylines that root civil rights in biology, and “god made me that way” arguments that similarly situate sexuality as innate and impervious to decisions we make to shape it.

A sharp and provocative cultural critique, this book deftly argues that a too-soon declaration of victory short-circuits full equality and deprives us all of the transformative possibilities of full integration. Tolerance is not the end goal, but a dead end. In The Tolerance Trap, Walters presents a complicated snapshot of a world-shifting moment in American history—one that is both a wake-up call and a call to arms for anyone seeking true equality.

Suzanna Danuta Walters has written and lectured extensively on sexuality, popular culture, and feminism and is currently the Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University. She is the author of several books, including All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America and Material Girls: Making Sense of Feminist Cultural Theory.

Order the book in hardcover for $29.95 here:
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Jun
12
A Reading with Rob Smith, "Closets, Combat + Coming Out" (Thursday, June 12 at 5:30pm)
Come to Giovanni's Room as author Rob Smith gives a reading from his book "Closets, Combat and Coming Out." This is a free event. CLOSETS, COMBAT + COMING OUT The 1st Iraq War memoir written by an African-American veteran. The 1st gay veteran memoir to be published post-DADT repeal. "Bold, provocative, and positively fearless." – Lt. Dan Choi, DADT repeal champion "...an intelligent voice on being LGBT in the military." – Michelle Garcia, Advocate.com “…a riveting first-hand account of a shameful time in our recent history when courageous men like Smith were forced to serve their country in silence." – Keith Boykin, New York Times bestselling author "…an honest, engaging retelling of what it means to navigate being Black, gay and becoming a man in one of the most traditionally macho landscapes on Earth: The U.S. Army." – MUSED Magazine Online "Cinematic in its voice, poignant, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, Closets is an inspirational, groundbreaking portrait." – James Earl Hardy, author of the bestselling B-Boy Blues series "…a powerful treatise on the unique trials and challenges he author, Rob Smith, and countless others, faced in their quest to proudly wear our country's uniform. – GBM News Order the paperback for $15.95 here: http://www.queerbooks.com/book/9781619291324 Download the eBook for $9.95 here:
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Jun
21
A Reading with Kevin Scott Hall (Saturday, June 21 at 5:30pm)
Giovanni's Room is pleased to welcome author Kevin Scott Hall for a reading from his newest book, A Quarter Inch From My Heart.

The book tells the compelling story of what happens when Hall takes in a refugee, Maurice, after Hurricane Katrina, until he “gets back on his feet.” What transpires is a two-and-a-half year relationship, part roommate saga and part unusual love story. As Hall remains determined to help Maurice and be a stable force in his life, he re-examines the tragedies in his own past via flashback, gaining strength in his own ability to overcome. And, in the end, Maurice may have had a few things to teach him as well.

One major flashback is Hall’s own brush with fame as the victim of a random street stabbing in 1994, a story that was revisited in 2008 (after the perpetrator was released from prison and attacked someone else, which prompted Hall to write an Op-Ed piece for the New York Daily News) and again in 2011 when Hall finally testified against his attacker, a widely-publicized event.

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Jun
26
A Reading with Michael Carroll and James Magruder (Thursday, June 26 at 5:30pm)
Join us for a rare DOUBLE-HEADER author reading event at Giovanni's Room! Michael Carroll will be giving a reading from his release, Little Reef and Other Stories, AND James Magruder will present his newest release, Let Me See It: Stories. This is a free event.

Little Reef and Other Stories announces the arrival of an original voice in literature. From Key West to Maine, Michael Carroll’s debut collection of stories depicts the lives of characters who are no longer provincial but are not yet cosmopolitan. These women and their gay male friends are “B-listers” of a new, ironic, media-soaked culture. They live in a rich but increasingly divided America, a weirdly paradoxical country increasingly accepting of gay marriage but still marked by prejudice, religious strictures, and swaths of poverty and hopelessness. Carroll shows us people stunned by the shock of the now, who have forgotten their pasts and can’t envision a future.

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Let Me See It: Stories

James Magruder’s collection of linked stories follows two gay cousins, Tom and Elliott, from adolescence in the 1970s to adulthood in the early ’90s. With a rueful blend of comedy and tenderness, Magruder depicts their attempts to navigate the closet and the office and the lessons they learn about libidinous coworkers, résumé boosting, Italian suffixes, and frozen condoms. As Tom and Elliot search for trusting relationships while the AIDS crisis deepens, their paths diverge, leading Tom to a new sense of what matters most. Magruder is especially adept at rendering the moments that reveal unwritten codes of behavior to his characters, who have no way of learning them except through painful experience.

Loss is sudden, the fallout portrayed with a powerful economy. In Tom and Elliott, readers come to recognize themselves, driven by the same absurd desires and unconscious impulses, subjected to the same fates.

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Jul
31
A Discussion with Sandra Moran (Thursday, July 31 at 5:30pm)
Join us as we host acclaimed author Sandra Moran to discuss the making of her new award-winning book Letters Never Sent.

"The story unfolds like a flower; the impact of it on each person is profound. It’s a spectacular offering of love gained, lost, and struggled with over a lifetime—a poignant tale with a marvelous reveal at the end." —Anna Furtado, Lambda Literary Review

"Letters Never Sent is a crisp, well-written story that is chock full of strong imagery, indelible characters, and conflict that almost any woman can relate to in one way or another. Her transitions between the past and present work seamlessly, and she is able to capture the floodwaters of joy, love, heartbreak, and sorrow with unhurried profundity." -- Salem West, The Rainbow Reader

Letters Never Sent is the winner of the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Historical Fiction and the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best Lesbian Debut Novel. It was also a runner-up for the Best Lesbian Novel. Letters Never Sent is a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction in the 26th Annual Triangle Awards.

Sandra will give a reading from the book and discuss the research that went into the book, including a study of the political atmosphere of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.

Letters Never Sent is available in paperback for $16.95 here:http://www.queerbooks.com/book/9781939562104

Also available in eBook format for $8.95 here:
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