10th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair
Sunday, October 2, 2011
10AM to 6PM
647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood Library & West Hollywood Park

Free Admission

The West Hollywood Book Fair is home to 12 stages+ the writing room+ 125 exhibitors. The Book Fair and all Book Fair events are free!

Everybody loves a fair! On Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 10am-6pm, West Hollywood will hold its 10th Annual Book Fair.

Seeing that it is West Hollywood, there will be a plethora of LGBTQ panels and readings taking place during the day.

Below is a full schedule of all the LGBTQ events taking place during the day:

10:30am-11:30am | Queer & Quirky Pavilion
THE NEW QUEER CROP: NEW FICTION FROM LGBT AUTHORS

A talented and eclectic group of writers will discuss their new novels with moderator Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Featuring:

Tom Schabarum (The Palisades)
Justin Torres (We the Animals: A novel)
Terry Wolverton (Stealing Angel)
Moderator: Tony Valenzuela

Signings @ 11:30am, Book Soup Booth

11:45am-12:45pm | Queer & Quirky Pavilion
OPENING DOORS: LIFE STORIES FROM LGBT AUTHORS

Memories, life stories, and life lessons are presented by a group of new and legendary LGBT authors with recent memoirs. Join this outstanding group as they tell their tantalizing tales!

Featuring:

Kathy Briccetti (Blood Strangers)
Jeanne Cordova (When We Were Outlaws)
Felice Picano (True Stories)
Jallen Rix (Ex Gay No Way)
Moderator: Charles Flower

Signings @ 12:45pm, Skylight Books Booth

12:45pm-1:15pm | Storytelling & Readings Stage
di-VERSE-ity

The monthly reading series homo-centric presents di-VERSE-ity, a celebration of written & spoken word from the LGBTQI community.

1:00pm-2:00pm | Queer & Quirky Pavilion
MARRIAGE, BULLYING, IDENTITY POLITICS & OTHER HOT TOPICS AFFECTING THE LGBT COMMUNITY

(sponsored by The Williams Institute)

A discussion about hot topics that affect the LGBT community from an eclectic and thoughtful group of writers and educators. This panel is sponsored by The Williams Institute (a national think tank at the UCLA Law School which advances sexual orientation law through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public).

Featuring:

Lee Badgett (When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Gay Marriage)

Stuart Biegel (The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America’s Public Schools)

Larry-bob Roberts (The International Homosexual Conspiracy)

Moderator: Nancy Polikoff

Signings @ 2:00pm, Libros Revolucion Booth

1:25pm-2:10pm | Storytelling & Readings Stage
MY LIFE IS POETRY

autobiographical poetry by LGBT seniors from Steven Reigns’ workshop

Hear LGBT seniors transform the everyday into the sublime in poetry. Heartrending and gut wrenching, these poems are voiced from experience, defiance, vulnerability, and heart. All autobiographical, you’ll learn that their lives, and even your own, are poetic.

Hear LGBT seniors transform the everyday into the sublime in poetry. Heartrending and gut wrenching, these poems are voiced from experience, defiance, vulnerability, and heart. All autobiographical, you’ll learn that their lives, and even your own, are poetic.

Featuring:

Joe Levy, Cassandra Christenson, Adam Barron, Ronna Magy, Emilie Emanuele, Roy Liebman, Margo Strik, Darryl Denning, Robert Manners, Jane Cantillon, Charlie Becker, Ed Joswick

1:25PM to 1:55PM | Poetry / Hybrid Stage
UNNATURAL! TRUTH, WHIMSY, PERVERSION AND THE QUEER MEMOIR

Readings by Anna Joy Springer and Matias Viegener, followed by a short conversation with Les Figues Press publisher Teresa Carmody. What makes a memoir queer? The writer or the truth?

Both writers have new books which explore issues of biography, sexuality and community. Springer’s “The Vicious Red Relic, Love” focuses primarily on Springer’s years in the San Francisco Bay Area punk scene when she sang with Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow, while working in the sex trade, studying literature and trying to define her sexual identity. Matias Viegener, writer and member of the art collective Fallen Fruit, wrote “2500 Random Things About Me Too” as a series of Facebook posts. The book plays with notions of memoir while conjuring iconic gay avant-garde texts, such as “Joe Brainard’s I Remember.”

Signing @ 1:55pm, Les Figues Press Booth

2:15pm-3:00pm | Queer & Quirky Pavilion
MEREDITH BAXTER IN CONVERSATION WITH REVA SOLOMON

Meredith Baxter, beloved and iconic television actress, shares her personal story as revealed in the recent acclaimed memoir “Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame and Floundering”. Join this fascinating woman to hear about her incredible life in front of and behind the camera.

Signing @ 3:00pm, Book Soup Booth

3:15pm to 3:25pm | The Teen Stage
“JUST BE YOURSELF” a Reading by Teen Poet Elliott Sitz

Elliott Sitz read his poem, “Just Be Yourself,” on stage in front of his entire middle school when he was 13 years old. The poem is about the courage it takes to be a gay youth in a homophobic culture, and reading the poem was Elliott’s way of coming out to his school. In June of this year Elliott won the creative writing contest for the first LGBT Heritage Month celebration proclaimed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Elliott once again read “Just Be Yourself” on stage. Elliott is 16 and attends Downtown Magnets High School.

3:15pm to 3:35pm | The Theatre Stage
IAN MACKINNON’S GAY HIST-ORGY!

With the aid of time traveling hot pants, performance artist activist Ian MacKinnon cruises a plethora of Gay historical figures in his multi-media one-man show that covers thousands of years of homo-history with information, fabulousness, and fun.

Featuring hot histo-graphic encounters with Gay icons: Plato, Rumi, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Fredrick the Great, Edward Carpenter, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Harry Hay, Allen Ginsberg, and more!

4:25pm-4:55pm | Queer & Quirky Pavilion
THE INFECTION MONOLOGUES: ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE: A READING

Featuring:

Brody Brown & Alex Garne

Created by Eric Rofes and written by Eric Rofes and Alex Garner “The Infection Monologues” explores the experiences of five gay men who have recently tested positive for HIV. These diverse men’s journeys begin with testing positive and then go on to reflect on a life before HIV and move on to coming to terms with HIV in our contemporary world. With wit and humor they explore the perilous issues of stigma and shame, dating and disclosure and the challenge of maintaining a healthy sexuality. Their experiences are funny, thoughtful, poignant and provocative. These stories challenge the way we think about what it means to be HIV positive in the modern world in which we now live.

5:00pm-6:00pm | Storytelling & Readings Stage
MICHAEL KEARNS & OTHER QUEER RENEGADES

Michael Kearns & Other Queer Renegades has been a staple of the West Hollywood Book Fair for the past five years. This year is no exception. Edgy, sexy, smart, and always provocative: these L.A. writer dudes deliver the goods.

Featuring:

Tony Abatemarco, John Boucher, Patrick Brehme, Brian Frank, Steven Reigns, Corey Saucier, David Trudell and Michael Kearns

AND, THERE WILL BE  A SPECIAL READING WITH AUTHOR ALVIN ORLOFF, 1:15pm-1:25pm, The Storytelling & Readings Stage! Alvin will read from his latest book, “Why Aren’t You Smiling?”

EXHIBITORS:

BLOOM Magazine * Chances Press * Council of Los Angeles Small Press * Homo-centric * June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives * Kage Alan * Lambda Literary Foundation * Les Figues Press * Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center * Manic D Press * Modernist Press * Red Hen Press * The G.A. Hauser Collection * West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board

SPECIAL “OFF STAGE” BOOK SIGNINGS & EVENTS:

* Visit THE LOUNGE hosted by the West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board! The LGAB will host readings and book signings by LGBT authors in THE LOUNGE all day including:

Ronni Sanlo (11am-11:45am)

Cynthia Gonzales (12:30pm-1:15pm)

Judith Branzburg (1:15pm-2:00pm)

Corey Spears (2:45pm-3:30pm)

And others!

* Also in THE LOUNGE will be a table hosted by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

More info: WHBF.ORG


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  • Lou Kief

One Response to “All Things LGBTQ at the 10th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair!”

  1. Larry-bob 1 October 2011 at 9:12 PM #

    This isn’t quite ALL things LGBT at the West Hollywood Book Fair.

    In addition:
    Morty Diamond, who edited a new anthology called “TRANS/LOVE: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary” and J.C. Adams, author of “Gay Porn Heroes” are on a panel titled “Sex – The Final Frontier” at 1pm at the Open Book pavilion.

    Alonso Duralde and Dave White are signing from noon to 3 pm at WeHo Writes (A13-17)

    And also there is a series of readings at homo-centric’s booth, B35:
    10 a.m. 1ST Reading: Coffee Klatch:
    Jim Arnold, Katie Jacobson, Rodney Rauch, Kyle Wilson Richard Villegas.
    11 a.m. 2ND Reading: Lambda Literary Emerging Writers:
    John Boucher, Monica Carter, Mario Macias, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Corey Saucier, and Steven Tagle.
    12:45 to 1:15 p.m. Storytelling Stage: diVERSEity:
    Ophelia Corazon, Hank Henderson, Bonnie S. Kaplan,
    Philip Littell, Schaffer Nelson, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal.
    1:30 p.m. 3RD Reading – The Lunch Bunch:
    Chris Corkum, Tim Cummings, Trebor Healey, Andrea Lambert, Stephen Van Dyck.
    3 p.m. 4TH Reading – Afternoon Delight: Ian MacKinnon, Terrence Moss,
    Schaeffer Nelson, Larry-Bob Roberts, Jason Wittman.
    5 pm. 5TH Reading – The Closers: Jason Jenn, Philip Littell, Travis Wood.

    Whew! That’s a lot of stuff. And I’ve probably missed something or other.



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