Hugh Ryan "When Brooklyn Was Queer" Reading & Book Signing
East End Books Ptown is happy to present Hugh Ryan author of "When Brooklyn Was Queer" on July 20th at 7 pm. Come join us for a great talk and discussion! Buy the book in advance https://www.eastendbooks
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The never-before-told story of Brooklyn’s vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day.
"A romantic, exquisite history of gay culture." —Kirkus Reviews, starred
“A monumental achievement.”—Ira Sachs, filmmaker
Hugh Ryan’s When Brooklyn Was Queer is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond. No other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this sweeping story. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been a systematic erasure of its queer history—a great forgetting.
Ryan is here to unearth that history for the first time. In intimate, evocative, moving prose he discusses in new light the fundamental questions of what history is, who tells it, and how we can only make sense of ourselves through its retelling; and shows how the formation of the Brooklyn we know today is inextricably linked to the stories of the incredible people who created its diverse neighborhoods and cultures. Through them, When Brooklyn Was Queer brings Brooklyn’s queer past to life, and claims its place as a modern classic.
Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator based in Brooklyn. He is the Founder of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and sits on the Boards of QED: A Journal in LGBTQ Worldmaking, and the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Buzzfeed, the LA Review of Books, Out, and many other venues. The author of When Brooklyn Was Queer, he is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Martin Duberman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, and a 2018 residency at The Watermill Center. http://www.hughryan.org
Praise for When Brooklyn Was Queer
“A funny, tender and disturbing history of LGBTQ life.” —The Guardian
“A hungry archivist, Hugh Ryan unearths vivid material to populate this story [of queer Brooklyn]….The archival discoveries that Ryan has made evoke a world of affection and pleasure.” —The New Republic
“An exquisite, strange, and beautiful book.” —Out.com
“A dynamic combination of meticulous research and impassioned prose.... A romantic, exquisite history of gay culture." —Kirkus Reviews, starred
"This evocative and nostalgic love song to the borough and its flamboyant past offers a valuable broadening of historical perspective.” —Publishers Weekly
“When Brooklyn Was Queer achieves everything one could want in a history.... Thorough research, engaging storytelling, fascinating stories and a history of obscurity make this investigation of queer Brooklyn a compelling, essential read.” —Shelf Awareness
“Fascinating.... A number of celebrated creative types figure prominently.... Greater attention is given, however, to those who, once influential, have now been forgotten. Bringing them alive again is one of the valuable services Ryan’s fine work contributes to queer history.” —Book Riot
“You think Brooklyn is queer now? When Brooklyn Was Queer (St. Martin's Press) by Hugh Ryan traces the borough's vibrant, forgotten queer history beginning in the mid-1850s and continuing to the present day, essentially replacing the ‘systematic erasure’ of its longtime LGBTQ community and restoring it