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Sarah Schulman discusses her new book Let the Record Show: A Political History of Act Up New York, 1987-1993. Based on more than two hundred interviews with ACT UP members, Let the Record Show is the most comprehensive political history ever assembled of ACT UP and American AIDS activism. In just six years, ACT UP, New York, a broad and unlikely coalition of activists from all races, genders, sexualities and backgrounds, changed the world. Their activism, in its complex and intersectional power, transformed the lives of people with AIDS and the bigoted society that had abandoned them. Let the Record Show can be purchased from our event co-host, Dog Eared Books Castro, at this link: https://www.shopdogearedbookscastro.com/book/9780374185138.
Sarah Schulman is the author of more than twenty works of fiction (including The Cosmopolitans, Rat Bohemia and Maggie Terry), nonfiction (including Stagestruck, Conflict is Not Abuse and The Gentrification of the Mind) and theater (Carson McCullers, Manic Flight Reaction and more), and the producer and screenwriter of several feature films (The Owls, Mommy Is Coming and United in Anger, among others). Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate and many other outlets. She is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at College of Staten Island, a Fellow at the New York Institute of Humanities, the recipient of multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was presented in 2018 with Publishing Triangle's Bill Whitehead Award. She is also the cofounder of the MIX New York LGBT Experimental Film and Video Festival, and the co-director of the groundbreaking ACT UP Oral History Project. A lifelong New Yorker, she is a longtime activist for queer rights and female empowerment, and serves on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two nonfiction titles, three novels and editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her new book, The Freezer Door, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice, one of Oprah Magazine’s Best LGBTQ Books of 2020 and a finalist for the 2021 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her previous title, Sketchtasy, was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018. Her first memoir, The End of San Francisco, won a Lambda Literary Award, and her sixth anthology, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis, will be out in October. Sycamore lives in Seattle.
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