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Lambda Literary Book Club

Author’s join us each month as we discuss their book. Please participate in this free discussion.

Facilitated by Steven Reigns. Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood.

Due to sheltering-in-place, the West Hollywood Lambda Literary Book Club is now virtual and open to everyone. Please join us each month as we get the personal viewpoint of the book’s creator. 


Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim
Sunday, August 30th 5PM PT | 8PM ET

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At the age of eight Brian Lackey is found bleeding under the crawl space of his house, having endured something so traumatic that he cannot remember an entire five–hour period of time. During the following years he slowly recalls details from that night, but these fragments are not enough to explain what happened to him, and he begins to believe that he may have been the victim of an alien encounter. Neil McCormick is fully aware of the events from that summer of 1981. Wise beyond his years, curious about his developing sexuality, Neil found what he perceived to be love and guidance from his baseball coach. Now, ten years later, he is a teenage hustler, a terrorist of sorts, unaware of the dangerous path his life is taking. His recklessness is governed by idealized memories of his coach, memories that unexpectedly change when Brian comes to Neil for help and, ultimately, the truth.



Love WITH Accountability: Digging up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse
Edited by Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Sunday, September 27, 5PM PT | 8PM ET

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Despite the current survivor-affirming awareness around sexual violence, child sexual abuse, most notably when it’s a family member or friend, is still a very taboo topic. There are approximately 42 million child sexual abuse survivors in the U.S. and millions of bystanders who look the other way as the abuse occurs and cover for the harm-doers with no accountability. Documentary filmmaker and survivor of child sexual abuse and adult rape, Aishah Shahidah Simmons invites diasporic Black people to join her in transformative storytelling that envisions a world that ends child sexual abuse without relying on the criminal justice system.



Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger
by Kelly J Cogswell
Sunday, October 25, 5PM PT | 8PM ET

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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.



Jane Crow:
The Life of Pauli Murray

by Rosalind Rosenberg
Sunday, November 22, 5PM PT | 8PM ET

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Throughout her prodigious life, activist and lawyer Pauli Murray systematically fought against all arbitrary distinctions in society, channeling her outrage at the discrimination she faced to make America a more democratic country. In this definitive biography, Rosalind Rosenberg offers a poignant portrait of a figure who played pivotal roles in both the modern civil rights and women’s movements.

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