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Queer Novel Mini-Series: Virtual Book Talk with Corinne Manning

As part of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center’s 2020 Queer Novel Mini-Series, we are proud to host Corinne Manning for a virtual author talk on the center’s Facebook live on June 22 at 7pm. She will read from her new novel, We Had No Rules.

About the book:

A young teenager runs from her family’s conservative home to her sister’s NY apartment to learn a very different set of rules. A woman grieves the loss of a sister, a “gay divorce,” and the pain of unacknowledged abuse with the help of a lone wallaby on a farm in Washington State. A professor of women’s and gender studies revels in academic and sexual power but risks losing custody of the family dog.

In Corinne Manning’s stunning debut story collection, a cast of queer characters explore the choice of assimilation over rebellion. In this historical moment that’s hyperaware of and desperate to define even the slowest of continental shifts, when commitment succumbs to the logic of capitalism and nobody knows what to call each other or themselves – Gay? Lesbian? Queer? Partners? Dad? – who are we? And if we don’t know who we are, what exactly can we offer each other?

Spanning the years 1992 to 2019, and moving from New York to North Carolina to Seattle, the eleven first-person stories in We Had No Rules feature characters who feel the promise of a radically reimagined world but face complicity instead.

Books are available for purchase, with a percentage donated back to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, here.

This project has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities

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