Second Tuesday Presents: Brontez Purnell
Join us virtually for the launch of the 2021 – 2022 season of Second Tuesday with Brontez Purnell as he discusses his current novel “100 Boyfriends.” Please note that this event will take place via Zoom.
ABOUT “100 BOYFRIENDS”
Transgressive, foulmouthed, and brutally funny, Brontez Purnell’s “100 Boyfriends” is a revelatory spiral into the imperfect lives of queer men desperately fighting the urge to self-sabotage. As they tiptoe through minefields of romantic, substance-fueled misadventure―from dirty warehouses and gentrified bars in Oakland to desolate farm towns in Alabama―Purnell’s characters strive for belonging in a world that dismisses them for being Black, broke, and queer. In spite of it―or perhaps because of it―they shine.
Armed with a deadpan wit, Purnell finds humor in even the darkest of nadirs with the peerless zeal, insight, and horniness of a gay punk messiah. Together, the slice-of-life tales that writhe within “100 Boyfriends” are an inimitable tour of an unexposed queer underbelly. Holding them together is the vision of an iconoclastic storyteller, as fearless as he is human.
ABOUT BRONTEZ PURNELL
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.” Recipient of a 2018 Whiting Award for Fiction, he was named one of the 32 Black Male Writers for Our Time by T: New York Times Style Magazine in 2018. Purnell is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, the co-founder 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, most recently, the documentary “Unstoppable Feat: Dances of Ed Mock.” He recently released his current novel “100 Boyfriends” on FSGxMCD. He has won the Lambda Literary Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize for 2021. Born in Triana, Alabama, he’s lived in Oakland, California, for 19 years.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
6:30 p.m. ET | via Zoom
$10 suggested donation