Seattle Rep’s ‘A Great Wilderness’

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We’re excited about the opening of the Seattle Repertory Theatre‘s production of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Great Wilderness, this Friday! Expect to be touched by this story that explores issues of faith, aging, family dynamics and homosexuality. At the edge of forced retirement, and on the cusp of dementia, a man who has devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality has decided to take on one last client. But when tragedy strikes and his life and mind begin to unravel, he is forced to confront some demons of his own. The show runs Jan 17 to Feb 16.

We’ve selected a few books and a film to complement this insightful, moving story.

God Says No by James HannahamGod Says No by James Hannaham
African-American Christian Gary Gray goes from marrying a woman to sleeping with men to trying to pray-the-gay-away in this novel about the shame and guilt that many are taught to associate with their sexuality.



Stories for Boys by Gregory Martin in Library catalogStories for Boys by Gregory Martin
Martin’s memoir delves into his childhood and present life as a parent as he struggles with the discovery that his father had been carrying on secret affairs with men for decades. The Seattle Reads 2013 selection.



The Folded Leaf by Maxwell in Library catalogThe Folded Leaf by William Maxwell
This novel has been lauded as a gay coming-of-age story in which the lopsided friendship between two boys, Lymie and Spud, drives one of them to attempt suicide.



Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by WintersonWhy Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
by Jeanette Winterson
An abused, adopted child, Winterson candidly relates her loveless early days, her coming-of-age, difficulties in love and the search for her birth mother that set her on the path to emotional recovery.
Here’s our complete list for Seattle Rep’s A GREAT WILDERNESS: Beyond the Theatre

Enjoy the show!


Nightstand Reads: Seattle writer Nicola Griffith

Griffith(c)JenniferDurhamNicola Griffith will be reading from her new historical novel, Hild, at the Central Library on December 10 at 7 p.m. Hild is set in 7th century Britain and follows the life of the young seer, St. Hilda of Whitby. Seattle author Nicola Griffith, originally of Yorkshire, England, has received several awards for her writing that include the Nebula, Lambda and James Tiptree, Jr. Awards. Her previous works include Ammonite, Slow River and the Aud Torvingen crime novels. She was kind enough to share some recent reads with us:

While I’m working on a novel I find it difficult to read fiction. In the last two months, though, I’ve been able to plunge giddily into others’ fiction. Here’s a selection of recent reads–most of it happily nothing like my own work. One thing they do all have in common: the ability to immerse the reader, to put us right there, right then, with great authority. Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Seattle writer Nicola Griffith”

Exquisite prose

There are times when I want a rowdy tumble with poetry – with the sly wit of Billy Collins or the seductive songs of Pablo Neruda. Today, though, I celebrate the prose books that make me breathless with delight at the sheer wizardry of their words.

An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

Adler describes her book as “not a cookbook or a memoir or a story about one person or one thing.” I started this book and immediately wanted to tell everyone I know to read it. By the end of the first chapter, I was making mental lists of people I know who might receive it as a gift. It is a very straightforward, very spare and lovely book about cooking, eating and enjoying the process. It also has turns of phrase that make me want to burrow between the paragraphs and loiter there for hours. Continue reading “Exquisite prose”