Vancouver Writers Festival
1585 Johnston Street (Granville Island Stage)
"The lives of our parents are an inextricable stream running through our own, whether we like it or not. This brook of memories may include psychological trauma or complex interactions or the physical burden of unwell aging. Most often, it includes profound love. Four writers from varied backgrounds share the insights offered in their beautifully balanced, and intricate yet raw, memoirs that speak to family history and the lifelong task of unburdening ourselves from a yoke of family secrets or grief. Peter Gajdics (The Inheritance of Shame), Elizabeth Hay (All Things Consoled), Chelene Knight (Dear Current Occupant) and Lindsay Wong (The Woo-Woo) speak to the catalyst of some of the deepest joy and deepest grief we know: our parents."
Author Peter Gajdics will be speaking at IFPE's 29th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference this October, at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle, Washington. For more information, including exact times coming this September, visit their website here.
If you're in Vancouver, come and meet Peter Gajdics at Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium, from 7-9 p.m. on July 26. The address is 1238 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Visit the Bookstore website closer to the date for more information.
Celebrate Pride Week with author Peter Gajdics with a reading from his memoir The Inheritance of Shame and a talk about conversion therapy at the main downtown branch of the Victoria Public Library. The event is free to the public, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on July 5, 2018. For more information and to RSVP, visit the library's website here.
In honor of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the Vancouver Public Library will be hosting a reading/talk with local trans activist Morgane Oger and BPP author Peter Gajdics. The event is free and starts at 7:00pm in the Alice MacKay Room of the downtown branch (350 West Georgia St. Vancouver, BC Canada). Visit the library's website for more information.
A Pre-Pride event is scheduled for Portland's Another Read Through Books on May 26. Peter Gajdics, author of The Inheritance of Shame, will appear alongside Marnie Freeman, author of To the One — her memoir about not being allowed to be both gay and Mormon, and their attempt to "set her straight."
Peter Gajdics, author of The Inheritance of Shame, appears with East Bay author Lucy Jane Bledsoe Thursday, May 25, 7-8 p.m. at Laurel Bookstore, 1423 Broadway, in Oakland. Bledsoe will interview Gajdics, and both authors will read from their work. Bledsoe's newest novel, A Thin Bright Line, is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Free admission and free refreshments. A book signing follows the discussion.
Peter Gajdics, author of The Inheritance of Shame, appears with Bay Area author Anne Raeff Tuesday, May 23, 7-8 p.m. at Dog Eared Books Castro, 489 Castro St. in San Francisco. Raeff will interview Gajdics, and both authors will read from their work. Free admission and free refreshments. A book signing follows the discussion.
Please join us for a screening of "Call Me Kuchu," followed by a conversation and Q&A with Peter Gajdics, author of The Inheritance of Shame, and Ellen Hartwick, clinical director at The Center Long Beach.
Released in 2012, "Call Me Kuchu" is the award-winning 2012 documentary about openly gay activists in Uganda working to defeat legislation that would make homosexuality punishable by death.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Peter Gajdics and Ellen Hartwick, who will dicuss the film as well as a range of related topics — including many of those explored in Gajdic's brand-new memoir, The Inheritance of Shame.
Please join us for a special Pride Week event celebrating the launch of THE INHERITANCE OF SHAME: A MEMOIR with musical guest BEARCOON!
Published by Long Beach's own Brown Paper Press, THE INHERITANCE OF SHAME details the six incredible years author Peter Gajdics spent in a form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British Columbia, Canada, Gajdics was under the authority of a dominating, rogue psychiatrist who controlled his patients, in part, by creating and exploiting a false sense of family. 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. Told over a period of decades, the book shows us the damaging repercussions of conversion therapy and reminds us that resilience, compassion, and the courage to speak the truth exist within us all.
The event will feature a reading & book signing, a wine reception hosted by Berlin Bistro, and sets by the phenomenal Long Beach folk duo Bearcoon.
RSPV to Fingerprints: (562) 433-4996. Tickets are FREE but VIP seating is available for those who reserve the book in advance.
Publishers Jennifer and Wendy Thomas Russell will lead a class Feb. 22 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Long Beach.
Billed as a "Special Event," the class will be held from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room C-101. The publishers will be talking about the unique demands and rewards of running a small press. they will discuss their process for choosing, designing, editing and marketing books, and will discuss their four title. Author Tim Grobaty also will be on hand to talk about his experience working with Brown Paper Press and to sign copies of his book, "I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper."
Sponsored by CSULB's College of Health and Human Services, OLLI offers a variety of courses of interest to people 50 years of age or older. There is no academic prerequisite for admission or to participate in the classes, just a desire to learn.
For more information, contact:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
1250 Bellflower Blvd. , HS&D 100-5609
Long Beach, CA 90840-5609z
Please join us for a free screening of "All the President's Men," followed by a panel discussion about the state of American journalism. The event will feature a host of accomplished reporters and columnists — including Tim Grobaty, author of I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper.
Jennifer Fleming (moderator), Tim Grobaty, Russ Parsons, Sarah Bennett and Barbara Kingsley-Wilson — journalists with more than 130 years' of combined experience — will discuss the many changes in the newspaper industry since "All the President's Men" debuted 40 years ago. Panelists will consider how a host of factors have changed "the press" as we know it today, offer their perspectives on the future of journalism, and address the media's role in covering the impending presidency of Donald Trump.
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Thursday, Sept. 15
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and author Tim Grobaty will appear at the Beverly O'Neill Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., for a discussion and interview. Garcia chose Grobaty's I'm Dyin Here: A Life in the Paper for his 2016 Mayor's Book Club pick. While participants are encouraged to read the book before attending, books will be available for sale in the lobby.
Tim Grobaty and Alan Rifkin will be signing copies of their respective books — I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper and Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir at Coast Modern, a clothing and lifestyle store at 219 Main Street in Seal Beach. If you haven't been to Seal Beach lately, you really should — so much cool stuff going on there right now. Restaurants and cafes abound; there's an excellent new children's toy store; and the boutiques will make your mouth water. 4-6 PM
Brown Paper Press has reserved a booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. We'll have all three of our books for sale, and all the authors present for signings, so please plan to come down, bring your picnic blanket, and spend the day with us. Admission is free, and there are too many excellent authors to name here who will be in attendance this year.
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Author Wendy Thomas Russell will give a talk called "Mommy, Who is God? How to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious" at YALE UNIVERSITY at The Grove, 760 Chapel St., New Haven, CT. Russell, author of Relax, It's Just God (March 31, 2015), sits on the advisory board of the Yale Humanist Community.
Wendy Thomas Russell will be speaking about her book, blog and advocacy work during an atheist/humanist conference scheduled for April 2 at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn. We are huge fans of Mr. Twain for about 150 different reasons, so we're especially excited about this. If you happen to be in the area, please come!
Tim Grobaty and Alan Rifkin will be signing copies of their respective books — I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper and Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Marina Pacifica, 5326 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.
Tim Grobaty will be signing books and chatting up the natives March 20 at Joe Jost's — Long Beach's most famous tavern. Come for Grobaty; stay for the pickled eggs. No, seriously, have the pickled eggs. They are amazing. We also recommend the Joe's Special. Okay, enough about the food. Tim's appearance is sure to be laid back and, depending on how many tap beers you choose to have, a laugh riot. Event starts at noon. Address is 2803 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach.
Alan Rifkin will be signing books and reading from his stunning, albeit "unintended" memoir, Burdens by Water, at Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchment Blvd., Los Angeles. Come meet the author and see why musician Dave Alvin calls him "sharp, brave, curious, a touch sarcastic and more than a little wild." Starts at 2 PM.
Tim Grobaty and Alan Rifkin will be appearing "In Conversation" at the splendidly awesome Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., in Los Angeles, speaking about their writing lives and signing copies of their new books. The times listed here may change, so be sure to check back for more details.
Come join the party! Brown Paper Press will launch its two latest titles: I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper by Tim Grobaty and Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir by Alan Rifkin on Feb. 20 in the heart of Long Beach's East Village Arts District. Readings, signings and a Q&A (accompanied by an in-store performance by 8 Good Fingers) will take place at Fingerprints, 420 E. Fourth St., along with a wine reception catered by Berlin next door. Be sure to mark your calendars.