Author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore today, Friday, March 29, at 7:00 PM returns to Seattle, Washington’s Elliott Bay Book Company to read from her new book, The End of San Francisco which breaks apart the conventions of memoir to reveal the passions and perils of a life that refuses to conform to the rules of straight or gay normalcy.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore was described as “a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda” by the Austin Chronicle and one of “50 Visionaries Changing Your World” by Utne Reader. She is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, and winner of an ALA Stonewall Book Award.
Via Sycamore’s website:
The End of San Francisco breaks apart the conventions of memoir to reveal the passions and perils of a life that refuses to conform to the rules of straight or gay normalcy. A budding queer activist escapes to San Francisco, in search of a world more politically charged, sexually saturated, and ethically consistent— this is the person who evolves into Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, infamous radical queer troublemaker, organizer and agitator, community builder, and anti-assimilationist commentator. Here is the tender, provocative, and exuberant story of the formation of one of the contemporary queer movement’s most savvy and outrageous writers and spokespersons.
Using an unrestrained associative style to move kaleidoscopically between past, present, and future, Sycamore conjures the untidy push and pull of memory, exposing the tensions between idealism and critical engagement, trauma and self-actualization, inspiration and loss. Part memoir, part social history, and part elegy, The End of San Francisco explores and explodes the dream of a radical queer community and the mythical city that was supposed to nurture it.
A Seattle resident, Sycamore is also the editor of Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. She writes regularly for a variety of publications, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bitch, Bookslut, Alternet, and Time Out New York, and is the reviews editor at the feminist magazine Make/shift.
The Elliott Bay Bookstore is located at 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle WA. For more information call 206-624-6600 or 800-962-5311
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Thursday, April 4, 6:00 pm
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