John Whittier Treat & Felice Picano
Two eminent queer writers, one on the ‘newer’ end of the publishing spectrum, the other one of groundbreaking, path-setting significance, appear together at Hugo House for this Saturday afternoon program. John Whittier Treat, the relative newcomer here, has a new novel out, First Consonants (Jaded Ibis), which follows his noted first novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House.
“First Consonants touches on the origins of violence, of love, and what it means to find one’s way through the maze that is the world. Here is a story that is engrossing, vulnerable and wise in a way that few books are these days.”—Jim Krusoe.
“A compelling, at times relentless novel that gives the term antihero a brand new spin.”—Felice Picano.
It is this same Felice Picano who will also read with new work, two new books in hand - Pursued: Lillian’s Story and Pursuit: A Victorian Entertainment (both Bold Strokes Books). He played a formative role in gay/queer publishing starting in the 1970s, founding SeaHorse Press and working as editor-in-chief at The Gay Presses of New York. He was also an editor/writer at The Advocate, Blueby, Mandate, Gaysweek, and Christopher Street, has been producing an extraordinary body of work all the while, including fiction and a particularly well-received memoir, Men Who Loved Me.
Presented by Hugo House.