Book Launch for SELF-MADE WOMAN

Join us for an evening in celebration of Denise Chantarelle DuBois's memoir, Self-Made Woman. Denise will appear in conversatoin with local author and historian Owen Keenhen. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

About the book:

Denise Chanterelle DuBois's transformation into a woman wasn't easy. Born as a boy into a working-class Polish American Milwaukee family, she faced daunting hurdles: a domineering father, a gritty 1960s neighborhood with no understanding of gender nonconformity, trouble in school, and a childhood so haunted by deprivation that neckbone soup was a staple. Terrified of revealing her inner self, DuBois lurched through alcoholism, drug dealing and addiction, car crashes, dangerous sex, and prison time. Dennis barreled from Wisconsin to California, Oregon, Canada, Costa Rica, New York, Bangkok, and Hawaii on a joyless ride.

Defying all expectations, DuBois didn't crash and burn. Embracing her identity as a woman, she remade herself. Writing with resolute honesty and humor, she confronts both her past and her present to tell an American story of self-discovery.

About the author:

Denise Chanterelle DuBois is an actress, environmentalist, and businesswoman. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

About Owen Keenhen:

Writer and historian Owen Keehnen is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books. His articles, interviews and stories have appeared in dozens of periodicals worldwide. He is the cofounder of the LGBT history/education organization The Legacy Project and was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2011.


Self-Made Woman: A Memoir (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299313906
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - August 22nd, 2017

Event date: 

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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