Thu, May 04|
Queer Book Club
Open to all, this is primarily a space for queer folks to meet other people in the community and share their love of reading by diving into books that explore the queer identity!
Time & Location
May 04, 2023, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Lancaster, 23 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA
About the event
Hello! For May we will be reading Making Love with the Land by Joshua Whitehead.
In prose that is evocative and sensual, unabashedly queer and visceral, raw and autobiographical, Whitehead writes of an Indigenous body in pain, coping with trauma. Deeply rooted within, he reaches across the anguish to create a new form of storytelling he calls "biostory"--beyond genre, and entirely sovereign. Through this narrative perspective, Making Love with the Land recasts mental health struggles and our complex emotional landscapes from a nefarious parasite on his (and our) well-being to kin, even a relation, no matter what difficulties they present to us. Whitehead ruminates on loss and pain without shame or ridicule but rather highlights waypoints for personal transformation. Written in the aftermath of heartbreak, before and during the pandemic, Making Love with the Land illuminates this present moment in which both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are rediscovering old ways and creating new ones about connection with and responsibility toward each other and the land.
Intellectually audacious and emotionally compelling, Whitehead shares his devotion to the world in which we live and brilliantly--even joyfully--maps his experience on the land that has shaped stories, histories, and bodies from time immemorial.
The book is available for free through the Hoopla app from the library.
Please feel free to bring a drink or snack to share!
Resources to Access Books:
Hoopla App - Library Card Needed
Libby App - Library Card Needed
https://bookshop.org/shop/readrosebooks - Physical copy available for purchase and supports Read Rose Books
https://libro.fm/readrosebooks - Audiobooks available for purchase and supports Read Rose Books