CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Center Reads: After the Parade by Lori Ostlund
February 4, 2020, 8:00 pm-10:00 pmFree
Enjoy this debut novel from award-winning author Lori Ostlund—“smart, resonant, and imbued with beauty” (Publishers Weekly) that “provides considerable pleasure and emotional power” (The New York Times Book Review)—about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a tragicomic road trip deep into the mysteries of his own Midwestern childhood.
Sensitive, bighearted, and achingly self-conscious, forty-year-old Aaron Englund long ago escaped the confinements of his Midwestern hometown, but he still feels like an outcast. After twenty years under the Pygmalion-like care of his older partner, Walter, Aaron at last decides it is time to take control of his own fate. But soon after establishing himself in San Francisco, Aaron sees that real freedom will not come until he has made peace with his memories of Mortonville, Minnesota: a cramped town whose four hundred souls form a constellation of Aaron’s childhood heartbreaks and hopes.
The Center’s book discussion group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00pm (with a few noted exceptions). We meet at The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (near Seventh Avenue) in NYC. We meet in various rooms, so ask at the information desk for the room number. After the book club, some of us go for a late diner dinner (usually a diner in the neighborhood) to continue with more general discussion. Everyone is always welcome to join.
- Howard Williams