Author Peter Gajdics, who survived six years of gay-conversion therapy under the direction of a Canadian psychiatrist, is about to kick off the West Coast book tour for his resonant new memoir, The Inheritance of Shame (2017, Brown Paper Press).
The book tour will begin in Long Beach on the book’s official publication date, May 16, and include readings at Book Soup in Los Angeles (May 19), Dog Eared Books in San Francisco (May 23), Another Read Through Books in Portland (May 26) and Elliott Bay Books in Seattle (June 3).
Called “raw and unforgettable” by Foreword Reviews, The Inheritance of Shame details the time Gajdics spent in a bizarre form of therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Juxtaposed against his parents’ tormented past — his mother’s incarceration and escape from a communist concentration camp in post-World War II Yugoslavia, and his father’s upbringing as an orphan in war-torn Hungary — Gajdics’ story explores the universal themes of childhood trauma, oppression, and intergenerational pain.
“Peter’s story is bigger than his own remarkable experience,” said Jennifer Volland, co-publisher of Brown Paper Press. “His book explores how trauma can pass from one generation to the next, and how deep-seated shame can lead people to abandon their true selves in favor of something that doesn’t exist.”
Conversion therapy (also called reparative or ex-gay therapy) is still legal in most states, despite evidence of the great suffering it causes, and Gajdics is hopeful that his book will spark legislators to take up the issue and put an end to these programs, particularly those that target vulnerable youth.
The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir (ISBN: 978-1-941932-08-7) is distributed in the United States and Canada by SCB Distributors and available for pre-order now.
Confirmed Author Appearances
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Fingerprints Music, 7 pm
420 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA
Book launch and reading/signing with reception by Berlin Bistro and music by Bearcoon
The Art Theatre, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA
6:30 PM: Screening of Call Me Kuchu and conversation with with Gajdics and Ellen Hartwick, clinical director of The Center Long Beach.
Book Soup, 7 pm
8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
Reading, signing and discussion with novelist Dan Lopez, author of The Show House, (2016, Unnamed Press)
Dog Eared Books, 8pm
489 Castro St., San Francisco, CA
Gadjics will be interviewed by Ann Raeff, author of The Jungle Around Us (2016, University of Georgia Press), nominated for the California book award. Both authors will read and sign books.
Laurel Bookstore, 7 pm
1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Gajdics will be in conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe, a five-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and author of A Thin Bright Line (2016, University of Wisconsin Press).
Another Read Through Books, 7 pm
3932 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR
Pre-Pride Week event, reading/signing with other authors TBA
Elliott Bay Books, 7 pm
2125 10th St., Seattle, WA
Book launch and reading/signing