Conversation with Chloe Davis, author of "The Queens' English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases"
Thursday June 24, 2021 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Join us for our upcoming virtual author event with Chloe O. Davis (she/her) as she discusses with Jeff Gottlieb the importance of and the background of how her new book The Queens' English came to be!
Do you know where "yaaaas queen!" comes from? Do you know the difference between a bear and a wolf? Do you know what all the letters in LGBTQIA+ stand for?
The Queens' English is a comprehensive guide to modern gay slang, queer theory terms, and playful colloquialisms that define and celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture. This modern dictionary provides an in-depth look at queer language, from terms influenced by celebrated lesbian poet Sappho and from New York's underground queer ball culture in the 1980s to today's celebration of RuPaul's Drag Race.
The glossary of terms is supported by full-color illustrations and photography throughout, as well as real-life usage examples for those who don't quite know how to use "kiki," "polysexual," or "transmasculine" in a sentence. A series of educational lessons highlight key people and events that shaped queer language; readers will learn the linguistic importance of pronouns, gender identity, Stonewall, the Harlem Renaissance, and more. The Queens' English is at once an education and a celebration of queer history, identity, and the limitless imagination of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Chloe O. Davis is a proud Black bisexual woman and debut author who works in the entertainment industry in New York. A graduate of Hampton University and Temple University, she has centered her creative platform on amplifying the narratives of Black culture and heightening the awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community. Davis’s work as a dancer, actor, and creative has allowed her to travel to all fifty states and internationally where she spent fifteen years researching, writing and creating The Queens’ English, The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases. Davis celebrates the etymological diversity of over eight hundred terms used to describe the collective gay and queer experience and believes The Queens’ English is a starting point for important conversations around inclusivity, sexuality, gender expression and identity.
Jeff Gottlieb (he/him) is a former reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2011 for uncovering widespread corruption in Bell. He also received the George Polk Award. He won his first Polk award while working at the San Jose Mercury News for uncovering Stanford's questionable spending of federal funds. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Pitzer College in Claremont and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He is the proud father of his teenage transgender daughter.
Conversation with Carolyn Campbell, author & photographer of "City of Immortals: Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris"
Thursday July 01, 2021 | 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Join us for our upcoming virtual author event with Carolyn Campbell! Her book City of Immortals is a first-person account of a legendary necropolis that will delight Francophiles, tourists, and armchair travelers while enriching the experience of taphophiles (cemetery lovers) and aficionados of art and architecture, mystery and romance. Carolyn Campbell’s evocative images are complemented by those of renowned landscape photographer Joe Cornish. City of Immortals celebrates the novelty and eccentricity of Père-Lachaise Cemetery through the engrossing story of the history of the site established by Napoleonic decree along with portraits of the last moments of the cultural icons buried within its walls, including Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, Frederic Chopin and Marcel Proust.
Conversation with Judy Scott, author of "Leonard, Marianne, and Me: Magical Summers on Hyrdra"
Thursday July 08, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
We're excited to announce our first in-person event with author Judy Scott, author of Leonard, Marianne, and Me. Join us for a conversation witht the author, as well as a book signing at the Village Well. For those who'd prefer to join us virtually, we will also have a live stream of the event.
Judy Scott is an author and independent film producer and distributor. In 2005, Scott helped launch the first-ever LGBT cable TV network as a senior acquisitions and business affairs executive. She lives in Los Angeles with her spouse, Monika, and her daughter, Torie. She returns to Hydra often.