The Lambda Literary Foundation, in conjunction with reading curator Karen Schechner, proudly presents:

LIT!: an evening to celebrate the recent publications by authors Ellis Avery, Cris Beam, Sarah Schulman, and Laurie Weeks.

This is not a reading; this is a straight-up party!

Join us as we toast a group of the finest writers working today. Come meet the authors, have some drinks at Heather’s too-hip-for-school bar, and possibly meet the well read partner of your dreams.

This event will take place at Heathers, located at 506 East 13th St # 1 (Between Avenues A & B) NYC, on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Free to the public.

Donations to the Lambda Literary Foundation welcome.

Bluestockings Books will be on hand to sell copies of the featured authors’ latest titles.

506 East 13th St # 1
(Between Avenues A & B) NYC,
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012. 
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Ellis Avery

Ellis Avery is the author of two novels and a memoir. Her first novel, The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead 2006), set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan, won Lambda, Ohioana, and American Library Association awards and has been translated into five languages.  Her second novel, The Last Nude, inspired by the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, is forthcoming from Riverhead this month.  She received a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an M.F.A. from Goddard College.




Cris Beam

Cris Beam
is an author and professor in New York City. She is the author of Transparent, a nonfiction book that covers seven years in the lives of four transgender teenagers, which won the Lambda Literary Award for best transgender book in 2008, and was a Stonewall Honor book. Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in March 2011, and a nonfiction book about the state of foster care in the U.S. will be released by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt in 2013. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University, New York University, The New School, and Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University and has received fellowships from the Point Foundation and the Corporation of Yaddo.


Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is the author of seventeen published or soon to be published works: ten novels, five nonfiction books, and 2 plays.

Schulman’s early novels were set in the artistic, bohemian, lesbian subculture of the Lower East Side of Manhattan.Books such as The Sophie Horowitz Story and Girls, Visions and Everything were published by small presses. After Delores was published by E. P. Dutton in 1988, and received a favorable review in The New York Times, was translated into eight languages, and was awarded an American Library Association Stonewall Book Award in 1989.

Schulman’s subsequent novel, 1990’s People in Trouble described the lives of AIDS activists. In 1992, Empathy was released–an experimental novel about lesbian existence. The 1995 novel Rat Bohemia was listed as one of the 100 best lesbian and gay novels by The Publishing Triangle. Her 1998 historical novel Shimmer was set in New York City during the McCarthy era. In fall 2009, Arsenal Pulp published her ninth novel, The Mere Future, a futuristic dystopia about a New York City in which the only remaining career is marketing. The paperback appeared in Fall 2011.

Also in 2011, The New Press published Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, which received widespread praise and appreciation and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. The paperback will appear in May 2012.

Her 15th book, The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, will be published by the University of California Press in February 2012.

Laurie Weeks

Laurie Weeks is a writer and performer based in New York City. Her fiction and essays have been published throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, including in Semiotext(e)’s The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading and  Dave Eggers’s The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008. She was a screenwriter on Boys Don’t Cry.

Weeks has taught at The New School in New York City and in 1996 was awarded a fiction fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts. She holds a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from New York University.

Her acclaimed debut novel, Zipper Mouth, was recently published by Feminist Press.


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