I wanted to bring you some images of my Philadelphia launch of Tea Leaves, a memoir of mothers and daughters(Bella Books) that was held at Giovanni’s Room Bookstore. Kathy Anderson, a long-time literary colleague (a truly amazing playwright and a two time Pushcart nominee fiction writer), graciously accepted the invitation to read with me.
Long a Philadelphia institution (for many of us a sanctuary), Giovanni’s Room Bookstore has been around since 1973. When I came out in the early eighties, Giovanni’s Room was the only place to find gay, lesbian, and feminist books in the city. Its important history has been recognized in recent years with a blue and gold historical marker from the Pa. Historical and Museum Commissions which ends with the words: “The store provided resources to those working to gain legal rights for LGBT people.”
Certainly, the store has played an important role in my life as a writer. And seventeen years after beginning Tea Leaves, a memoir of mothers and daughters, I was fortunate enough to work with Kathrine V. Forrest as an editor for Spinsters Ink/Bella Books.
I had first discovered Kathrine’s groundbreaking books on the shelves of Giovanni’s Room. So it is fitting that my Philadelphia book launch was held at the venerable Giovanni’s Room. I invite you to enjoy the photographs!
Ed Hermance and I were sharing a moment!
Kathy read a short story about two older lesbians that was edgy and brilliant!
I do have my serious moments.
And here’s Kathy and Jackie and Becky and Tasha!
Jeanette Jimenez and Becky Birtha were catching up in the window seat.
Celebrated poets Al Tacconelli and Maria Fama were in attendance!
We were thinking back to when Barbara (a main character in Tea Leaves) babysat Tasha when mom ( Becky) and me were at the writing group. Now Tasha is all grown up!