LISA GITLIN & KEN SCHNECK/LGBTQ CLEVELAND
Lisa Gitlin, author of Postcards from the Canyon and I Came Out for This? and Ken Schneck, author of LGBTQ Cleveland will discuss their books at Mac's on Tuesday, July 10th at 7 p.m.
Faced with the sudden and unexpected death of her mother, disillusioned novelist Joanna Jacobs begins chronicling her unruly childhood in 1960's Cleveland, Ohio. But the writing exercise that starts out as a means to reflect and refocus becomes a journal of Joanna's rebellious existence. Jewish and gay, yet unwilling to expose herself to the accompanying scrutiny and rejection, Joanna spends much of her youth fostering chaos and embracing self-denial, even while celebrating an affirming commitment to the psychiatric ward.
After a inadvertent bomb threat to a conservative talk-show host brings the FBI knocking on her door, Joanna finds herself navigating an unexpected immigrant invasion, a crew of juvenile delinquents in her living room, and a never ending low pressure system. When the going finally gets too tough to wrangle alone, Joanna turns to her lifelong friends for emotional support--but this comfort is tempered by a confusing cocktail of lingering hurts, unresolved anger, and resurgent disappointment, making it even more difficult for Joanna to put her life to paper.
Postcards from the Canyon is a snapshot of one woman's rapidly changing world, where control is an illusion and chaos offers shelter from an unrelenting storm.
Lisa Gitlin is a novelist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her debut novel, I Came Out for This? was awarded the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal in both the Humor and LGBT Fiction categories. She is currently working on her third novel.
Cleveland's LGBTQ history exhibits the classic components of a Hollywood blockbuster. At the heart of the story are unforgettable characters--heroes, big and small--united by their vision of a city where everyone stands tall together. Clevelanders bravely went to battle in their quest for equal rights, fighting racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. Unyielding in times of desperation, the community bound together to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic and comfort those left in its wake. A nefarious billboard-maker, an adversarial state senator, and unidentified arsonists played villainous parts promoting a repressive antigay agenda. Epic crowd scenes showcase scores of determined individuals gathered for candlelight vigils, Dancing in the Streets, and the Gay Games, illustrating Cleveland's swelling pride and appeal before a local, national, and international audience.
Ken Schneck is the producer and host of the award-winning radio program This Show Is So Gay. He is an associate professor at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches courses on antiracism, ethical leadership, and creating community-based change. Schneck combed the catalogues of libraries and museums to collect images and narratives that embody the experience of Cleveland's LGBTQ community; however, the most rewarding gems were unearthed pouring over albums in attics, leafing through old newspapers in basements, and listening to stories at kitchen tables.