Travels and Appearances

Happy Ending and a train story

June 26th, 2007

acela

If you’re in New York and have nothing better to do, come to my reading tomorrow night (6/27). I’ll be part of the Happy Ending Reading Series at the Happy Ending bar. It looks like it might be kinda groovy, Read the rest of this entry »

Librarians-a-go-go

June 26th, 2007

stonewall award brunch

Yesterday was the Stonewall Awards brunch, where the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association presented me with the Israel Fishman nonfiction award for Fun Home. Andrew Holleran won the fiction award for his book Grief, but he wasn’t there. It was a great honor, and a lot of fun hanging with the librarians.

I went to the ALA convention itself for a while in the afternoon and signed books. Then in the evening I did a reading a signing at Lambda Rising which turned out to be really great. At first it felt like it was going to be a disaster–there weren’t that many people, and I was in an awkward space right up by the door to the street and it was noisy. But as the reading went along, more and more people came in, and the room got quieter and quieter and the chaotic store turned into a rapt audience. It was cool. I don’t have any pictures of the nice people because I had my hands full juggling my powerpoint and signing books and stuff. We sold all their books except for one volume of DTWOF.

Then some of the ALA GLBTRT folks took me out to Ruth’s Chris steak house. (no, I am not a vegetarian, though I was for a long time.) Those librarians can get pretty raucous.

comics & queers

June 26th, 2007

Sunday was interesting. It was Pride in NYC, and the MoCCA comics festival was happening at the same time. So these two strands of my life sort of intersected. Read the rest of this entry »

Brattleboro to NYC, via server crash

June 24th, 2007

Man. Sorry about the problems with the site, everyone. This is the first second I’ve had to post. Thursday night I drove down to Brattleboro to do a reading for Everyone’s Books. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve Added a Reading to the Fun Home Paperback Tour–June 25th at Lambda Rising in DC

June 12th, 2007

At 7pm. Here’s the info.
Also, if you happen to be in the environs of Stowe, VT, I’m reading at 7:30 tonight at the Stowe Free Library. Don’t you love the phrase “free library?” It makes me feel almost patriotic.

free library

Back from the Desert

June 11th, 2007

changing hands

Here I am after my reading at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe last Friday night. See the swell t-shirt they gave me? Look! You can get one too. I don’t normally plug things here, but I have a special fondness for this design since my memoir Fun Home is partly about how my parents were like fictional characters to me. Besides which, Changing Hands was an excellent bookstore. In fact, it’s the 2007 Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year. There was a very nice, engaged crowd there who pelted me with challenging questions.

Arizona was hot and dry. I got to go swimming at the hotel pool. It was unnervingly pleasurable.

Reading at Changing Hands tonight in Tempe, AZ

June 8th, 2007

schrags

Sorry, I’ve been kind of slackerly about posting on this trip. I’ve hardly taken any pictures. But here’s one from the RADAR reading the other night in SF. Actually, from before the reading. That’s Ariel Schrag, standing on the left, all blurry. She’s talking to her mom, in black, gesticulating. Next to Ariel’s mom is her sister, and her best friend Toby. All three of them performed with Ariel in the reading. It was cool.

Anyhow, I’m in Tempe AZ now, and will be reading at Changing Hands bookstore at 7pm. Come!

Reading in the RADAR series at SF Public Library tonight

June 6th, 2007

I guess it’s rather late in the day to be mentioning this. But there seems to be some confusion about the date of my San Francisco event, due to some weird thing with my website.

I’m reading at the San Francisco Public Library tonight as part of Michelle Tea’s RADAR Reading Series.

Here’s some info about the evening I swiped from somewhere else: Haitian American performance poet Lennelle Moise, Cherry Muhanji (author of the classic novel “Her”), comic artist and L Word staff writer Ariel Schrag and the critically acclaimed Alison Bechdel (author of the illustrated memoir “Fun Home” and the much-beloved comic “Dykes to Watch Out For”), present their work and take questions from the audience. Hosted by Michelle Tea, who will have home-made cookies on hand. Cosponsored by the National Queer Arts Festival and the Gay and Lesbian Center.

6pm. Koret Auditorium. Be there.