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Stonewall Literary Book Club

Monday, July 13, from 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Skinflick, A Dave Brandstetter Mystery by Joseph Hansen

The Stonewall Literary Book Club meets the second Monday of each month and the book to be discussed is Joseph Hansen’s Skinflick (1979). This is the fifth book in Joseph Hansen’s series that introduced street-smart insurance investigator Dave Brandstetter, a complex, openly gay hero who grew and changed over the series’s twelve novels. Skinflick is praised for being among the best in the series, particularly for its depictions of Los Angeles.

Joseph Hansen (1923–2004) was an American author of mysteries. The son of a South Dakota shoemaker, he moved to a California citrus farm with his family in 1936. He began publishing poetry in the New Yorker in the 1950s, and joined the editorial teams of gay magazines ONE and Tangents in the 1960s. Using the pseudonyms Rose Brock and James Colton, Hansen published five novels and a collection of short stories before the appearance of Fadeout (1970), the first novel published under his own name.

The Stonewall Library focuses on LGBTQ themed fiction, memoir and biography, mostly from the 20th and 21st centuries.  Participants will be asked to read a new book each month and then collectively discuss it at their meetings.  Members of the group will be encouraged to help select titles of books.

The Club is led by Clayton Littlewood.  Born and raised in England, Clay now lives in Fort Lauderdale.  A musician, playwright and actor, he is the author of two books Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho (Cleis Press 2008) and Goodbye to Soho (DWB Press, 2012).  

The Club is limited to 15 participants.  Admission is free, but you must be a Stonewall Library member to participate. To sign up, please contact Executive Director  Hunter O’Hanian .

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