Andrea Lawlor with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Northampton-based writer Andrea Lawlor’s novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, which was originally published by Rescue Press. The novel, a finalist for both the Lambda Literary and CLMP Firecracker Awards (now being re-released in a new edition by Vintage), in set during the 1990s, the era of Identity Politics, ACT UP and Queer Nation.
“Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flâneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Women’s Studies major to trade, Paul transforms his body at will in a series of adventures that take him from Iowa City to Boystown to Provincetown and finally to San Francisco—a journey through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.”
Andrea Lawlor appears in conversation with Seattle writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, who most recently joined us to read from her novel, Sketchtasy.