7:00 - 8:00
Brontez Purnell and Alvin Orloff discuss 100 Boyfriends, our On The Same Page selection for June 2021. Transgressive, foulmouthed and brutally funny, 100 Boyfriends is a revelatory spiral into the imperfect lives of queer men desperately fighting the urge to self-sabotage. Publisher’s Weekly writes, “Purnell brilliantly immerses the reader in Black, queer desire with humor, self-awareness and just the right amount of vulgarity.” Our co-host for the event, Dog Eared Books Castro, is selling copies of 100 Boyfriends.
Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker and performance artist. He is the author of a graphic novel, a novella, a children's book and the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down. The recipient of a 2018 Whiting Writers' Award for Fiction, he was named one of the thirty-two Black Male Writers of Our Time by T: The New York Times Style Magazine in 2018. Purnell is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, a cofounder of the experimental dance group the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, the creator of the renowned cult zine Fag School and the director of several short films, music videos and the documentary Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock. Born in Triana, Alabama, he's lived in Oakland, California, for more than a decade.
Alvin Orloff began writing in 1977, while still a teenager, penning lyrics for The Blowdryers, an early San Francisco punk band. He spent the 1980s working as a telemarketer and exotic dancer while concurrently attending U.C. Berkeley and performing with The Popstitutes, a somewhat absurd performance art/homocore band. In 1990 he and his bandmates founded Klubstitute, a floating queer cabaret devoted to the ideal of cultural democracy that featured spoken word, theater, drag and musical acts. In 1995 the club, whose staff and patrons had been ravaged by AIDS epidemic, closed its doors and Orloff suddenly remembered that all he’d ever wanted to be was a writer. He subsequently published three whimsical novels, I Married an Earthling, Gutter Boys and Why Aren’t You Smiling? before producing his memoir of life in the queer underground during the height of the AIDS crisis, Disasterama! Orloff currently lives in San Francisco and works as the manager of Dog Eared Books, a literary hot-spot in the heart of the Castro District.
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