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First Meeting - Queer Book Club! "Faggots" by Larry Kramer

The inaugural meeting of our new Queer Book Club!

Now at Unabridged Bookstore, Chicago’s premier go-to-bookstore for the LGBTQ community, a new reading group to explore queer voices in literature. We will hold our first meeting on Monday, August 12th at 7 pm, and continue to meet the 2nd Monday of each month to discuss the “classics” of gay fiction, queer themes in contemporary writing, and everything in between. We’re kicking it off with a novel, and an author, remembered for causing much controversy upon publication in 1978: Larry Kramer’s Faggots has had a significant impact on gay culture, as well as queer literature, even after heavy criticism. Join us for our discussion of this controversial work!

"Graphically sexual and one of the most all-time best-selling gay novels, Faggots is the story of Fred Lemish, who at thirty-nine has built up his body into a fatless state of being in Great Shape. Lemish is ready to find Mr. Right. But from the Everhard Baths to the Pines on Fire Island to that place of myth and story, The Meat Rack, he is looking for his dream lover in all the wrong places. Faggots is a fierce satire of the gay ghetto and a touching story of one man’s desperate search for permanence, commitment, and love." - Grove Atlantic
 
“The liberation of sexuality from the bonds of moralism has left in its wake a crying need for principled, intelligent, vigorous explorations of how a genuine morality can be introduced to our newly minted freedom.

This exploration is a central part of Kramer’s historically significant literary work, of which Faggots constitutes an important beginning and a key. As a documentation of an era, as savage and savagely funny social parody, as a cry in the wilderness, and as a prescient, accurate reading of the writing on the wall, the novel is peerless and utterly necessary. It is brilliant, bellicose, contemptuous, compassionate and–as is true of everything Kramer writes–behind its delectable, entertaining, sometimes maddening harshness is a profoundly moving plea for justice and for love. There are few books in modern gay fiction, or modern fiction for that matter, that must be read. Faggots is certainly one of them.” –Tony Kushner

Faggots Cover Image
By Larry Kramer, Reynolds Price (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802136916
Availability: On Our Shelves Now, Please Call to Confirm!
Published: Grove Press - June 2000

Event date: 

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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