Mix together a healthy helping of authors, a pinch of poets, a hint of lesbians and a visual artist and you start to understand what’s cooking for Outwrite Bookstore & Coffehouse in June.
Put another way for those who like a little drama with their books: despotic dictatorships, the promise of love, a gay Christian, disabling complexities, federal prison and the queer dynamics of the southern plantation. It sounds like it could be the next Del Shores show. But in fact, it’s what to expect in June at the popular LGBT shop.
Here’s the rundown on the 10 scheduled events:
JUNE 9, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Night with Franklin Abbott and friends. The popular poetry night provides a venue for local writers to share new work. Atlanta poet Sara Amis is the guest reader for this evening of enlightenment. The Atlanta poet’s work has appeared in Magpie Magazine, the anthology “Jabberwocky 3” and has been adapted for the National Public Radio series “Hitchhiking Off the Map.”
JUNE 11, 8 p.m.
Thomas Glave, known for his stylistic brio, expands and deepens his lyrical experimentation in “The Torturer’s WIfe.”
This collection of stories focuses — explicitly and allegorically — on the horrors of despotic dictatorships, terror, anti-gay violence, the weight of memory, secret fetishes, erotic longing, desire and intimacy.
JUNE 12, 8 p.m.
Barry Brandon performs live. Brandon has been singing, dancing and making people laugh for longer than he can remember.
Victorious through eight open-heart surgeries and countless invasive experimental procedures, he is now blasting back into the music scene with an upcoming EP of original material. Brandon debuts material from the EP and discusses his documentary “The Tin Man Project,” based on his eighth open-heart surgery last year.
JUNE 17, 7:30 p.m.
DVD Release Party for “The Lovers & Friends Show.” Writer Charmain Johnson (photo) and producer Kay Greene celebrate the DVD release of Season One of the hip lesbian-oriented series which has become a cyberspace phenomenon.
Webisodes on YouTube have made the show an international success and a music CD is upcoming.
JUNE 18, 7:30 p.m.
Marcel Emerson makes a stunning literary debut with “My Eyes Are Green,” a gripping tale of passion, pain, and the promise of love. The novel pulls readers into the life and times of the characters, making them feel as if they are a part of the story and that the characters are of flesh and blood. The story races to a powerful climax and decisions are made that will forever transform each character.
JUNE 19, 7 p.m.
Art Opening. Robert Sherer is an Atlanta-based visual artist with an international exhibition record. For the past 20 years, he has created and exhibited openly gay art, oftentimes under fire in the hostile American cultural arena. The event is a fundraiser for the endowed scholarship for gay, lesbian and transgender art students he created at Kennesaw State University.
JUNE 22, 7:30 p.m.
James Hannaham’s debut novel “God Says No” is the story of a young black Christian struggling with desire and belief, with his love for his wife and his appetite for other men, told in a singular, emotional voice. Driven by desperation and religious visions, the path that Gary Gray takes — from revival meetings to “out” life in Atlanta — gives a riveting picture of how a life like his can be lived, and how it can’t.
JUNE 23, 7:30 p.m.
Joseph Olshan, the author of “Clara’s Heart” and “Night Swimmer” is back with his eighth novel, “The Conversion.” Publishers Weekly says the book “explores with depth, as did Henry James, the ways in which all human motives are far from transparent. Olshan’s Russell is a terrific creation, a man who wants to be converted by love but is unable to recognize, at least at first, his own disabling complexities.”
JUNE 24, 7:30 p.m.
Neil White’s moving memoir, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” chronicles his year spent serving time in federal prison at Carville, La., which also houses the last remaining leprosarium in the mainland U.S. Amidst an unlikely mix of white collar criminals and leprosy patients who befriend him, White learns about this little-known place, spends his days with the secret people who live there, and discovers what is truly important in life.
JUNE 25, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Bibler’s “Cotton’s Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936-1968” breaks through heterosexual cliches of flirtatious belles and cavaliers, sinister black rapists and lusty “Jezebels.” Bibler exposes the queer dynamics embedded in myths of the southern plantation.