Tuesday, January 29
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE to discuss Sketchtasy, on Tuesday, January 29th at 7pm.
Sketchtasy takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart--it's an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-'90s.
This is Boston in 1995, a city defined by a rabid fear of difference. Alexa, an incisive twenty-one-year-old queen, faces everyday brutality with determined nonchalance. Rejecting middle-class pretensions, she negotiates past and present traumas with a scathing critique of the world. Drawn to the ecstasy of drugged-out escapades, Alexa searches for nourishment in a gay culture bonded by clubs and conformity, willful apathy, and the specter of AIDS. Is there any hope for communal care?
Sketchtasy brings 1990s gay culture startlingly back to life, as Alexa and her friends grapple with the impact of growing up at a time when desire and death are intertwined. With an intoxicating voice and unruly cadence, this is a shattering, incandescent novel that conjures the pain and pageantry of struggling to imagine a future.
ADELAIDE says: "Sketchtasy is easily in my top 5 favorite books of the year. Alexa's story moved me, sometimes to tears but also to call my friends and tell them how much I loved them. By the last page I wished I could call Alexa too, tell her to come over for comfort and then for wildness. Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore has outdone herself with this lovely novel."
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE is the award-winning author of a memoir and three novels, and the editor of five non-fiction anthologies. Her memoir The End of San Francisco won a Lambda Literary Award, and her most recent anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Sketchtasy is her third novel.