Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank - Eric Orner & Barney Frank 8/27 @6pm

East End Books Ptown Presents: Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank - Eric Orner & Barney Frank 8/27 @6pm. *Off-site event at the Provincetown Public Library - 356 Commercial Street, Provincetown.

"A graphic novel biography of Barney Frank, one of the first gay and out congressmen and frontline defender of civil rights."--

Help us welcome Eric Orner & Congressman Barney Frank to East End Books Ptown for a waterfront & virtual book event.

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Eric Orner, the acclaimed cartoonist of one of the country’s most popular and longest-running gay comic strips, The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, presents his debut graphic novel―a dazzling, irreverent biography of the iconic and iconoclastic Barney Frank, one of the first gay and out congressmen and a front-line defender of civil rights.

What are the odds that a disheveled, zaftig, closeted kid with the thickest of Jersey accents might wind up running Boston on behalf of a storied Irish Catholic political machine, drafting the nation’s first gay rights laws, reforming Wall Street after the Great Recession, and finding love, after a lifetime assuming that he couldn't and wouldn’t?

In Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank, one of America’s first out members of Congress and a gay and civil rights crusader for an era is confirmed as a hero of our age. But more than a biography of an indispensable LGBTQ pioneer, this funny, beautifully rendered, warts-and-all graphic account reveals the down-and-dirty inner workings of Boston and DC politics.

As Frank’s longtime staff counsel and press secretary, Eric Orner lends his first-hand perspective to this extraordinary work of history, paying tribute to the mighty striving of committed liberals to defend ordinary Americans from an assault on their shared society.



Event date: 
Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
Smahtguy: The Life and Times of Barney Frank By Eric Orner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250191588
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Published: Metropolitan Books - May 3rd, 2022