In September, libraries put up their Banned Books Week displays that highlight the freedom to read, because every year books are challenged and banned due to their content. Books that explore themes of race, sexuality and gender are often the most challenged books in libraries across the country. So, it makes perfect sense to celebrate the freedom to read and the tenets of intellectual freedom with a free drag show, our fourth annual Banned! Books in Drag.
This year’s drag show will once again feature books that are challenged and banned with performances inspired by titles such as Alan Ginsburg’s Howl, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. At Neighbours night club on Saturday, September 23rd, doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the performances will start at 7:30 p.m. This event is 21+, so bring your I.D. and get there early as the lines can be ghastly long! Continue reading “Join us for the 4th Annual Banned! Books in Drag”
For our Banned! Books in Drag event at Neighbours Nightclub hosted by David Schmader this Saturday, Sept. 27 (6:30-9:00 p.m.), we asked Drag King Ernie Von Schmaltz, about his first LGBTQ book:
A pivotal LGBTQ book I remember reading and re-reading is Leslie Fienberg’s Stone Butch Blues. I first read it 10+ years ago when I was starting to be more interested in LGBTQ literature. As I read, it struck me as such a harsh piece of work, the character in the story goes through such horrific things in order to survive, just for being visibly butch and/or gay. But in the same way it was startling in its harshness, it was also so eye opening to realize that even though this story is (supposedly) a novel, so many of the things the main character Jess had to endure really happened. It really opened my eyes in a personal way about people in the LGBTQ community that had lived before me, and what it might have been like to be yourself in a time of less social tolerance and acceptance. To me, this book bridges the gap between historical stories about “gay people a long time ago” and real lives of friends and loved ones. As I have read and re-read this book over the years, I continue to think of it as iconic must-read for anyone in the LGBTQ community and beyond.
Come meet Ernie and our other amazing drag performers Saturday night! We hear Ernie puts on quite a show!
Recently, The Seattle Public Library tabled at the Gender Odyssey conference, the first time a library has been present at a major national conference for the trans community.
In preparation for the conference, John from the Capitol Hill branch assembled a number of lists to highlight some of the many trans materials we have in our collection, from teen fiction to fiction to memoirs to DVDs and streaming eVideos. Gender Odyssey conference attendees were surprised and delighted by what we had to offer!
We are bringing these wonderful lists with us to Banned! Books in Drag on Saturday, 9/27 at Neighbours Nightclub but wanted to share them here as well. Enjoy!
Transgender Young Adult & Teen Books
Transgender Memoirs & Biographies
Transgender Films on DVDs
Transgender Streaming eVideos
The Seattle Public Library is very excited for our upcoming event “Banned! Books in Drag” that will be taking place on September 27, 2014 at Neighbours Nightclub on Capitol Hill. This free event will be hosted by The Stranger’s associate editor David Schmader and will feature some of Seattle’s favorite drag performers and comics giving performances inspired by their favorite works of literature.
We recently caught up with one of the performers, Aleksa Manila, and asked her about her early literary experiences, her favorite books, and why she’s excited to take part in this awesome Library event.
Here’s what she had to say!
Seattle Public Library: Aleksa, what was your first LGBTQ book? Continue reading “Banned! Books in Drag”