Please join us for our new book group, "Literary InQueeries: NPL's LGBTQ book group for everyone." All are welcome to this group, where we will read and discuss books with LGBTQ themes. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at Commune (located at 33 Pleasant Street in Newburyport).
This month's title is Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen.
Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called "flyover country" rather than moving to the liberal coasts.
In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Her motto for the trip: "Something gay every day." Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change, from the first openly transgender mayor in Texas history to the manager of the only queer night club in Bloomington, Indiana, and many more.
All are welcome to this event. No reservations necessary. Please note that though this book group meets at Commune, it is run by the library. If you would like staff to put the book on hold for you, or have any questions about the group, please call us at 978-465-4428.