$5-10 sliding scale to benefit the Denver Zine Library and Sent(a)Mental Studios
Described as “startlingly bold and provocative” by Howard Zinn and “a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda” by the Austin Chronicle, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will be in Denver on Saturday, July 23 to read from her newest novel, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly. The event is a benefit for the Denver Zine Library and Sent(a)mental Studios, and books will be available for sale. This is Mattilda’s first appearance in Denver, so join us in a warm welcome!!!
“A gender-bending novel [that] unearths subjects still relatively untouched in popular culture… you’re not going to be reading anything similar elsewhere.”
–The Times (London)
“When I read the first chapter of the newest novel by San Francisco poster child for surviving-and-thriving gender/queer punks everywhere, I felt like I was being yelled at by an excited, manic friend who was pacing around a roach-infested kitchen, occasionally breaking into a runway walk while wearing hot pants made of burnt rainbow flags… The rapid-fire, honest glimpse into the post-gay ruins of San Francisco will likely break even the toughest punk heart.”
– NOW Magazine (Toronto)
“Like William S. Burroughs meets David Sedaris, offering a sort of surreal urban grit with poisoned-arrow that stings and sometimes reveals.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s exhilarating new novel is about struggling to find hope in the ruins of everyday San Francisco — battling roaches, Bikram Yoga, chronically bad sex, NPR, internet cruising, tweakers, the cops, $100 bills, chronic pain, the gay vote, vegan restaurants, and incest, with the help of air-raid sirens, herbal medicine, late-night
epiphanies, sea lions, and sleeping pills. So Many Ways to Sleep Badly unveils a gender-bending queer world where nothing flows smoothly, except for those sudden moments when everything becomes lighter or brighter or easier to imagine.
Writer, activist, artist, filmmaker and social critic Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly and Pulling Taffy, and the editor of four nonfiction anthologies, most recently Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and an expanded second edition of That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Utne Reader recently named Mattilda one of “50 Visionaries Changing Your World.” Her next anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, will be out just in time for Valentine’s Day 2012 – talk about romance! Say hello at mattildabernsteinsycamore.com.