Craig Seligman’s WHO DOES THAT BITCH THINK SHE IS?: Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag

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Event Date

Event Date: Friday, April 7, 2023

Event Time

Event Time: 6:00 PM - to 7:30 PM

Event Description

Bring your Drag Race watch party to PAT @ Giovanni’s Room for a campy, flirty, and fun conversation with Craig Seligman on his new book, Who Does That Bitch Think She Is?: Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag.

Seligman’s book traces the life of Doris Fish, a drag queen born in Australia who took San Francisco by storm with drag performances such as Sluts a Go-Go and Nightclub of the Living Dead. Through interviews with Fish’s family and friends, Seligman teases out a complicated, funny, and thoughtful take not only on Fish as a figure, but on drag’s political efficacy for queer communities. This book is perfect for fans of drag who want to know more about its history and glimpse into its future.

Who Does That Bitch Think She Is?: Doris Fish and the Rise of Drag


“A wonderfully constructed portrait not only of an important player in queer and drag history, but a document of an era that allowed for a more radical—anti-capitalist, anti-assimilationist, pro-freak—way of living for queer artists. This book filled me with longing and excitement for both a lost past and the wild possibilities of our future.”

Craig Seligman is the author of Sontag and Kael: Opposites Attract Me (2004). He has written for publications including The New Yorker, Salon, The New Republic, the Threepenny Review, the Village Voice, Artforum, Bookforum, and The New York Times Book Review. Join him at PAT @ Giovanni’s Room for the most lively night of queer history Philly has to offer.

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Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room

Address for Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room

345 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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