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LGBTA Book Discussion | Faggots and Cut Hand

Wednesday, October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Members & guests–free. To RSVP, please scroll down. The day before the discussion, a confirmation email will be sent to registered attendees with additional details to join via Zoom.

The LGBTA book discussions are held in a safe non-judgemental setting. All members of the Village are invited to participate in these lively, informative, engaging discussions. Peggy Walker is the host; Bill Gordon is the discussion leader. The two books that will be discussed in October are Faggots by Larry Kramer, and Cut Hand by Mark Wildyr.

Kramer was a writer and activist who founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Act Up. He is the author of The Normal Heart, which won an Emmy. He won many awards for his writing – fiction, plays, and non-fiction. Some of the authors who wrote extravagant praise for Faggots include Edward Albee, Erica Jong and Susan Sontag. Seymour Krim of The Chicago Tribune said that the book was, “A Vesuvian explosion about gay life that spares no one and no thing – there is much truth and honesty to be found here.” It is, really, a satire of the gay ghetto and a touching story about the search for commitment and love.

Wildyr’s novel Cut Hand is subtitled “A Nineteenth Century Love Story on the American Frontier.” Homosexuals, we sometimes need reminding, have been with us forever. Many cultures have treated them badly, others have welcomed them as a natural part of the human condition. Many Native American groups viewed “Two-spirit” people with respectful eyes. Cut Hand is an epic set in the early 1800’s about an unorthodox love between a white youth on the American frontier and a young Indian warrior destined for the leadership of his tribe. The novel follows the lives of these two lovers from 1832 to 1861, thirty tumultuous years on the American frontier. One of the best novels of its type that I (Bill Gordon) have read – a great story, lots of history, sex and love treated with respect and honesty, and superb character development.


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Wednesday, October 6
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Chicago, IL United States
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