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Long live local literature lovers!

LGBT writers from around the borough will get together and read selections from their latest works at the Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. They will also participate in Q&A sessions, compete in trivia games, discuss their creative and professional issues, and sign their new books, which will be for sale.


Nancy Agabian, a poet and author who also teaches writing at New York University, will host this third annual event. Readers include Joe Okonkwo, Deborah Emin, and Andrew J. Peters, whose books feature LGBT characters.

Okonkwo, a former actor and stage manager, will bring to life his debut novel “Jazz Moon” (Kensington Books). Set Harlem and Paris during the 1920s, Ben Charles gets lost in the jazz world and seeks fulfillment in life.

Emin, who is publisher of the e-book-only Sullivan Street Press, will read from “Scags at 30,” a novel about a young professional lesbian in New York City whose story is told from a diary-to-letter format. This is the third installation of what is to be a four-part series. Emin has also written “Scags at 7” and “Scags at 18.”

Fantasy and young adult writer Peters will read from his new novel, “The City of Seven Gods” (Bold Strokes Books), which takes place in a corrupt kingdom in ancient Egypt. The main character, Kelemun, is taken from his peasant parents to the inner sanctum of the house of Aknon.

This yearly night of literature is the brainchild of Tim Fredrick, a local author and editor. “The stories of LGBT folks being told in Queens stand outside the mainstream of LGBT literature, focusing on people of color, immigrants, and the working and middle class,” he said. “Queens authors have a lot to offer the world, LGBT Queens authors especially.”

Queens Pride House is located at 76-11 37th Ave. Admission is free.

Photo: Meaghan Walsh Gerard


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