Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The layers of intimacy and experience


So touched by the layers of intimacy and experience, history and analysis informing and infusing my reading in Chicago last night. Thinking of one person who said I had described his San Francisco so eloquently, even though he lived there from 1975-1990, and I first moved there in 1992. A beautiful bouquet of fresh herbs from someone’s garden, left at the front desk with a note that says “I cannot thank you enough for your extraordinary work as an editor and author. Not just personally, but as a teacher, your writing has meant the world to my students as well. I know travel is very taxing, so I wanted to offer this bouquet of herbs from my garden. I apologize in advance if you are allergic to any of the particulars, but hope you can enjoy some. Wishing you the very best for any of your journey.”

            Someone who remembered me from when I was on tour in Chicago 10 years ago, and stay at his co-op in Hyde Park, said that I was one of their nicest houseguests. Someone who remembered me from a reading at the A-Zone, an anarchist space in Wicker Park/Logan Square 10 years ago, who also mentioned getting a used copy of Pulling Taffy from the bookstore where he worked. Someone who came all the way from Norway, Illinois – not sure exactly where that is, but I know it’s not close.

            A friend I’ve known for years, from the Bay Area, now living in Chicago. A friend from Santa Fe, who grew up in Chicago, along with her childhood friend and the friend’s daughter, as well as my friend’s mother. A gorgeous bouquet of colorful flowers from a friend in Chicago who I’ve met through writing. Another friend who I’ve met through the politics of writing, and the writing of politics. All these shared histories, in a town where I’ve never lived, a packed standing-room-only audience with so much energy and warmth and analysis and eloquence. People who told me my work changed their lives. So many great stories while signing books, so many great hugs. This is why I tour.

And, here are my upcoming events:
 
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
Friday, October 11, 4:30 pm
National Coming Out Day Keynote
Kleinau Theatre
Carbondale, Illinois
 
WASHINGTON, DC
Busboys and Poets, 5th & K
Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 pm
Cullen Room @ Busboys and Poets, 5th & K
1025 5th St. NW
Washington DC 20001
www.busboysandpoets.com/about/5th-k
https://www.facebook.com/events/503954653024813/
 
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Tuesday, October 29, 6 pm
Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 912
60 Washington Square South
New York, New York
 
NEW YORK, NY
Bluestockings Bookstore
Wednesday, October 30, 7 pm
172 Allen St 
New York, NY 10002
(212) 777-6028
bluestockings.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/510054982404981/
 
 
BROOKLYN, NY
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Monday, November 4, 7 pm
4 Metrotech (corner of Willoughby and Gold Sts., entrance on Willoughby St.)
Brooklyn NY 11201
(347) 889-7719
lgbtbrooklyn.org
 
PHILADELPHIA, PA
Giovanni’s Room
Monday, November 11, 5:30 pm
345 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-2960
giovannisroom.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/557221790998432/
 
BALTIMORE, MD
Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse
Friday, November 15, 7 pm
30 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218
redemmas.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/194860037360140/
 
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Tuesday, November 19, 4:30 pm
Middletown, CT
 
AMHERST, MA
Food for Thought Books
Thursday, November 21
106 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-5432
foodforthoughtbooks.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/555762381156361/
 
BOSTON, MA
Harvard Book Store
Wednesday, December 11, 7 pm
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515
harvard.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/209181982584941/

2 comments:

kayti said...

Wow!! I am so happy your tour is going so well. The flowers were so thoughtful.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Thoughtful, indeed – what a beautiful event! If only I didn't have to get on another train tomorrow, oh my… But, hopefully it will lead to another beautiful event!

Love –
mattilda