In Collaboration with Center at Halsted: Cleve Jones in Conversation with Owen Keehnen at Sidetrack


We're thrilled to be collaborating with Center at Halsted for a night with Cleve Jones, in conversation with our very own Owen Keehnen!

Owen says that "When We Rise is a terrific memoir by activist/grass roots organizer Cleve Jones... and this man has a story to tell! In the book, Jones shares his journey as a gay man and how that struggle is reflected in the larger LGBT rights movement, especially in San Francisco during the 1970s-80s. In this light, the book offers a glorious snapshot of the city during that era -- a sex-drenched mecca during the ascension of gay consciousness and political activism. Jones is at the epicenter of the fledgling movement. His stories are plentiful and include passages about the rise and eventual slaying of his mentor, Harvey Milk, as well as Jones's role in the riots that followed the Dan White ruling. Jones also writes about the grim specter of AIDS and its eventual decimation of the paradise he once knew. Jones speaks eloquently of his own diagnosis and struggle with HIV and AIDS -- his fear, his grief and sense of loss, and his anger over governmental indifference. Jones writes of starting the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and how the project helped thousands deal with their own sorrow and rage. When We Rise is a gem, a wonderful example of a riveting memoir that explores the personal while deftly telling a larger story. This book is a must for those interested in LGBT history or activism... and a damn good read for everyone else. Riveting."  

Mark your calendars for Monday, November 6th! Event will start at 5pm at Sidetrack (at 3349 N Halsted St). There will be conversation! There will be copies of When We Rise for purchase! See you there!

When We Rise: My Life in the Movement Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316315418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - September 26th, 2017

Event date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Sidetrack
3349 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657