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Two Novels About Complicated Friendships: Randi Triant and Ann Wadsworth (in person event & live-streaming)

January 27, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Join authors Randi Triant and Ann Wadsworth on Friday, January 27th at 7 PM ET, for a reading and conversation about their latest novels, What We Give, What We Take and Libretto, two stories of complicated relationships and grief and loss around HIV/AIDS.

Randi Triant’s latest LGBTQ+ novel, What We Give, What We Take, was selected for Parade Magazine’s “20 Best LGBTQ+ Books of 2022 We Love.” Foreword Reviews said, “At once tender, cruel, sensitive, and raw, What We Give, What We Take is a searing novel in which wounded people make hard decisions in order to survive.” In 1967, Fay Stonewell, a water tank escape artist in Florida, leaves for Vietnam to join the Amazing Humans—a jerry-rigged carnival there to entertain the troops—abandoning her disabled teenage son, Dickie, to the care of an abusive boyfriend. Decades later, Dickie is forty, living in Massachusetts with a man who’s dying of AIDS, and doing everything he can to escape his past.

In Ann Wadsworth’s Libretto, freelance journalist Allyn Crosbie, whose reporting concentrates on musical theater and opera production, arrives in central Italy in pursuit of a quick story about a new production that’s in danger of falling apart. In the ancient city of Perugia she becomes entangled with the lives of Elaine Bishop, a brilliant but troubled stage director, and Vincent Norrie, a composer who’s battling a life-threatening illness. Ally joins them — and a colorful cast of local characters — in their efforts to head off the opera’s librettist, who’s attempting to sabotage Elaine’s premiere. Although Allyn falls for Elaine, the novel “excels at depicting the complicated love between Ally and Vincent, two queer characters whose intimacy is vivid and authentic.” The book is “a leisurely, moving tale of intimacy and art, with a lovingly drawn Italian setting.” (Quotes from the starred Kirkus Review)

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served.

Also live-streaming on the Bureau’s YouTube channel

Suggested donation $10 to benefit the Bureau’s work.

All are welcome to attend, with or without donation.

We will pass a bag for donations at the start of the event, but we can also take credit card donations at the register or on Venmo @bgsqd.

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January 27
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
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