On the Same Page: Disasterama

Author Talk: Alvin Orloff, Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlein in conversation

Wednesday, 6/10/2020
6:00 - 7:30
Virtual Library

United States

On the Same Page author Alvin Orloff will be in conversation with Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlein

 Disasterama!: Adventures in The Queer Underground 1977-1997 (Three Rooms Press) by Alvin Orloff. The book begins as Orloff–a shy, lonely teenager–falls under the spell of a human whirlwind named Michael Joseph Collins. Together they embark on a series of adventures involving new wave discos, hustling, drugs, drag, street protest, punk rock, performance art, and exotic dancing. These youthful hijinks are increasingly overshadowed by the AIDS crisis which slowly, then quickly, turns their world upside down. As the devastation mounts, they forge a community of endangered creatives centered around Klubstitute, a queer performance space. By the end of the story, Orloff and his world have been challenged and changed in ways no one could ever have imagined. By turns fun, raunchy, painfully sad, and utterly hilarious, Disasterama! delivers an important slice of San Francisco’s queer history and answers the question: what happens when a bunch of pathologically flippant kids encounter a deadly serious disaster?

Disasterama! is a 2020 Lambda Literary award finalist for Best Gay Memoir.

Reservation required: https://bit.ly/DisasteramaAuthorTalk

Get the book today at Dog Eared Books Castro, you can calls between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every weekday at (415) 282 1901 or order online.  

Related events

On the Same Page Book Club: Discussing Disasterama! – June 28, 2 p.m., Virtual Library 

Online Exhibit: Alternative Voices: 1980s Punk San Francisco: Photographs by Jeanne Hansen

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On The Same Page is a bimonthly city-wide read.

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This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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