*Bastard Out of Carolina

Author Talk With Dorothy Allison
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The James C. Hormel Center welcomes Dorothy Allison, author of the June On the Same Page selection, Bastard out of Carolina. Allison will talk about this iconic work and share some of her recent projects.

Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a 15-year-old unwed mother who made ends meet waiting tables. Now living in Northern California with her partner and her teenage son, Allison describes herself as a feminist, a working class storyteller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.

The early feminist movement changed Allison’s life. "It was like opening your eyes under water. It hurt, but suddenly everything that had been dark and mysterious became visible and open to change." However, she admits, she would never have begun to publish her stories if she hadn't gotten over her prejudices, and started talking to her mother and sisters again.

The first member of her family to graduate from high school, Allison attended Florida Presbyterian College on a National Merit Scholarship and studied anthropology at the New School for Social Research.

Allison’s work has been honored with two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.

She will be speaking in person about her iconic book Bastard Out of Carolna with a book signing to follow.

Gather, share knowledge and celebrate our unique identities at the queerest library ever. Visit the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, the gateway to the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allies’ history and culture, with a special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018, 12:30 pm
Main Library, LGBTQIA Center

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