Philly Book Launch for Sketchtasy & Maggie Terry

Event Details

Event Date

Event Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Event Time

Event Time: 7:00 PM - to 9:00 PM

Event Description

Join Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Sarah Schulman at William Way LGBT Center on Oct. 24, 7 pm, to celebrate the release of their new books: Sycamore’s new novel SKETCHTASY (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Schulman’s new novel MAGGIE TERRY (The Feminist Press at CUNY).

Both authors will read from their new books, with a book-signing to follow. Free & open to the public.

Pre-order Sketchtasy from Philly AIDS Thrift at GIovanni’s Room:

Pre-order Maggie Terry from Giovanni’s Room:

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s SKETCHTASY takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart—it’s an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-‘90s.

Sketchtasy is a vivid masterpiece that rivals the likes of Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. It’s dangerous, hilarious, scary and trancendentally beautiful. Sycamore’s prose is so searing, you might want to read it with sunglasses. —Jake Shears, musician, actor, and author of Boys Keep Swinging

Every sentence in Sketchtasy is a living thing, fierce and funny and a little bit dangerous—a voice made of coke dust and club lights, cut with crackling insight… Nobody writes like Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore—most writers wouldn’t dare try. —Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

“Reading this was like a night of stealing other people’s drinks, or a much-needed slap to the face, or a little of both. Bold, glittering, wise, fun, the novel as found poem alive in the mouth of this truth-telling queen, making her way through a wasteland of other people’s lies (and a few of her own), and looking for something near paradise. Follow her and live.” —Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

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In Sarah Schulman’s MAGGIE TERRY, the title character is a private investigator who lands her in the middle of a sensational new case: actress strangled. If Maggie is going to solve this mystery, she’ll have to shake the ghosts—dead NYPD partner, vindictive ex, steadfast drug habit—that have long ruled her life.

“Sarah Schulman’s startling brilliance and wry humor is everything.” —Jacqueline Woodson, author of Another Brooklyn

“Inventive, boundary pushing, and absolutely electric, Maggie Terry centers women and queerness in the most exciting way, within a story you’ll never want to stop reading.” —Jill Soloway, creator of Transparent

“Entirely original and mixing many genres, this book is about imagining a way forward when there seems to be no way at all.” —Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman

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MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE is the award-winning author of a memoir and three novels, and the editor of five non-fiction anthologies. Her memoir The End of San Francisco won a Lambda Literary Award, and her previous book, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Mattilda lives in Seattle, WA. Find her online at

SARAH SCHULMAN is a literary chronicler of the marginalized and subcultural, focusing on queer urban life. She is the author of nineteen books, including The Gentrification of the Mind, Conflict Is Not Abuse, and The Cosmopolitans. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at CUNY, and teaches creative writing at the College of Staten Island.

Location Details

William Way LGBT Center

Address for William Way LGBT Center

1315 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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