Secret Historian Signing Benefits Lifebeat—Music Fights HIV

CHICAGO—Justin Spring will be signing copies of his biography, Secret Historian (FSG) on Wednesday, December 1, at 7 PM at the Lincoln Park Borders in Chicago (2817 N. Clark Street).

The signing is part of December One at Borders, a series of special events at stores nationwide to commemorate World AIDS Day.  His appearance was coordinated through the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Borders will donate 25% of the proceeds from the sale of the book that day to Lifebeat – Music Fights HIV.  Lifebeat is a nonprofit that uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention.

For more than seventeen years, Lifebeat has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, and to provide support to the HIV-positive community.  For more information on Lifebeat, visit www.Lifebeat.org.

‘Secret Historian’ By Justin Spring

Read Reginald Harris' review of ‘Secret Historian’

Secret Historian— a 2010 National Book Award finalist—is the biography of Samuel Steward, a “sexual renegade” who kept an astonishing diary of his entire life, detailing his sexual exploits in exact record.  An author and professor whose circle of friends included Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, his conquests ranged from the celebrated (Rock Hudson, Thornton Wilder, Rudolf Valentino) to the anonymous. Secret Historian is a rare peak into the changing sexual mores of the 20th century.

The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers.  For World AIDS Day, they coordinated special events benefiting Lifebeat at Borders in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Boston.

In addition to Justin Spring’s appearance in Chicago, Lambda Literary Foundation set up author appearances benefiting Lifebeat at Borders in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. The full schedule here.

Borders has been a longtime supporter of Lifebeat—Music Fights HIV.  In addition to developing the innovative national fundraising program December One at Borders, the chain sponsors Lifebeat’s annual Bid 2 Beat AIDS online auction.

The fifth annual Bid 2 Beat AIDS auction kicks off on eBay on December 1 as well, with hundreds of celebrity items and experiences from Lady Gaga, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, and more.


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