112th: Crashing Cathedrals
Join us Thursday, July 11th at 7pm for a reading and conversation on Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book. Featuring contributors Tom Cardamone, Wayne Hoffman, Nicholas Radel, Ian Rafael Titus, Leo Racicot, Michael Carroll, Sheila Kohler, David McConnell, and Kathe Koja. Also featuring Edmund White!
Lambda-Award-winning author and editor Tom Cardamone brings together a diverse collection of queer writers and their supporters to celebrate the rich, innovative works of Edmund White, the eminent memoirist and author of the American literature classic, A Boy’s Own Story, not to mention other outstanding works of fiction and several lauded nonfiction works that include Genet: A Biography.
In Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book, established writers, new voices, journalists, friends, former students, White’s husband, and a recent editor/publisher provide personal appraisals of White’s work in the order in which his books were published. The collection forms a unique tribute-cum-biography of the most significant contemporary gay writer in the world.
Edmund White is the author of many novels, including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Our Young Man. His nonfiction includes City Boy, Inside a Pearl, and other memoirs; The Flâneur, about Paris; and literary biographies and essays. White lives in New York.
Tom Cardamone is the author of The Lurid Sea and the Lambda Literary Award-winning speculative novella Green Thumb as well as other works of fiction. Additionally, he has edited The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered and The Lavender Menace: Tales of Queer Villainy!
Wayne Hoffman is the author of the novels Hard, Sweet Like Sugar, and An Older Man, and his stories have appeared in Fresh Men 2, Best Gay Stories 2010, Mama’s Boy, and other anthologies. He is executive editor of Tablet magazine, and his cultural reporting has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Village Voice, The Nation, and elsewhere.
Nicholas F. Radel is Professor of English at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. Co-editor of The Puritan Origins of American Sex, Radel is the author of articles on American literature and drama, including essays and encyclopedia entries on Edmund White’s works. His most recent book is Understanding Edmund White.
Ian Rafael Titus has written fiction and poetry for Velvet Mafia, Into the Abyss, Frozen Tears II and III, and Visionary Tongue, a writers’ workshop fanzine established by author Storm Constantine and Eloise Coquio. His essay on Melvin Dixon’s novel Vanishing Rooms appears in The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered.
Leo Racicot is an award-winning poet and essay-memoirist. He is currently working on a new biography of Edmund White and is Mr. White’s official bibliographer. Leo lives in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Michael Carroll has been married to Edmund White since 2013. They met in Paris in 1995, the year White’s collection Skinned Alive was published. He is the author of Little Reef and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With Brian Alessandro he is the co author of the upcoming Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story: A Graphic Novel. His collection Stella Maris: Key West Stories will appear from Turtle Point Press later in 2019.”
Sheila Kohler is a South African author now living in the United States and the author of ten novels (including Cracks which was adapted into a 2009 film of the same name), and three short story collections. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O. Henry Prize.
David McConnell is the author of, among other books, the acclaimed novel, The Silver Hearted, 2010. His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including The
Literary Review (UK), Granta, Prospect Magazine (UK), and The Paris Review. His most recent work, the narrative non-fiction American Honor Killings, Desire and Rage among Men (Akashic, March, 2013) has garnered widespread accolades. He lives in New York City. He was co–chair of the Lambda Literary Foundation from 2009-2011.
Kathe Koja is a writer, performer, director and independent producer whose work crosses and recombines genres. Her novels have been multiply translated and optioned for film. She creates performative events, solo and with an ensemble of artists, with her company Loudermilk Productions LLC.