Dangerous Medicine – Jeff Stookey

Join us for a reading from the third book in Jeff Stookey’s Medicine For the Blues trilogy. Dangerous Medicine follows Carl Holman’s struggles as his standing with the prestigious clinic where he works is strained to the breaking point by pressures from the Ku Klux Klan, societal expectations to marry and have children, and other forces beyond his control. As his compassion compels him to treat unorthodox cases, involving addiction, birth control, and child abuse, he is pushed to make increasingly difficult decisions about his professional and domestic affairs. Can Carl and those he loves find a way to live authentic lives in this hostile world?

“Jeff Stookey’s engaging novel is a brilliantly written story set in the tough Prohibition era. An excellent contribution to the history of our city, the book is also a page-turner. I had to know what happened next.”
—Don DuPay, author of Behind the Badge in River City

Growing up in a small town in rural Washington State, Jeff Stookey enjoyed writing stories. He studied literature, history, and cinema at Occidental College, and then got a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College. In his 40s he retrained in the medical field and worked for many years with pathologists, trauma surgeons, and emergency room reports.

Jeff lives in Portland, OR, with his longtime partner, Ken, and their unruly garden.

Local Author Jeff Stookey

Join us for a reading from Chicago Blues by Jeff Stookey, the second book in his Medicine for the Blues trilogy.

Jimmy Harper arrives in Chicago with the Diggs Monroe Jazz Orchestra, seeking fame and fortune. Instead he descends into the jazz underworld where he becomes entangled in dark dealings with a sinister mob boss and in an erotic affair with a black drag performer. In this unfamiliar world, Jimmy begins to question whether he can trust anyone, even his old band members.

The trilogy Medicine for the Blues explores the complexities of gender and sexuality through the historical lens of the early 1920s. Chicago Blues follows Book 1 Acquaintance. Still to come, Book 3 Dangerous Medicine.

“Before opening my drag cabaret in the late 1960s, I owned Portland’s first espresso café. After hours, patrons would fill the basement for a late night jazz experience. If only I had thought to introduce a drag queen jazz singer… Jeff Stookey’s Chicago Blues hits all the right notes!”
—Darcelle XV, Guinness World Record’s “Oldest Working Drag Queen.”

“Eric/Erica’s thoughtful and sensual guidance of Jimmy through the multi-colored experience of underground drag culture left me feeling like Dorothy in Oz. Chicago Blues is accompanied by a melodic score you can feel, at once encouraging and also a bit sad…a finely woven tale of self-discovery and acceptance.”
—Poison Waters/Kevin Cook, Drag Queen Extraordinaire

“Chicago Blues pitches young musician Jimmy Harper from Oregon into the dizzying, dazzling world of brothels and booze, of mobsters, speakeasies, and female impersonators. Stookey tells the story at a jazzy, propulsive pace, capturing the vibrance and danger of Chicago in the 1920s.”
—Alan Rose, host of KLTV’s Book Chat and author of The Unforgiven.

Exploring the lives of gay men in early 20th Century Portland, Jeff Stookey had to see with eyes that were not familiar with a post-Stonewall world. His fictional characters were figuring out homosexuality, just as he had to as a young person, growing up in a small town in rural Washington State. After high school, Jeff went to Occidental College, where he studied literature, history, and cinema. Later he earned a BFA in Theater from Fort Wright College.

In 1991 he retrained in the medical field and worked with pathologists, trauma surgeons, and emergency room reports. This medical background led to the creation of Carl Holman MD. Then a deep dive into gay history and Oregon’s past shaped much of the rest of his Medicine for the Blues trilogy. A novel writing class at The Attic Institute and a year with a creative writing group helped him bring this story out of the closet.

Jeff has lived in Portland, for many years with his longtime partner, Ken, and their unruly garden. Acquaintance and Chicago Blues are his first two novels. Dangerous Medicine, the third part of the trilogy, will come out in November 2018.

Local Author Jeff Stookey

Join us for a reading from Acquaintance, the first book in the Medicine for the Blues historical fiction series. Acquaintance follows the budding relationship of Carl, a young doctor and Great War veteran, and Jimmy, a jazz musician trying to live his dreams, while staying off the Ku Klux Klan’s radar. More than a gay love story, Acquaintance is a deep dive into gay and lesbian history based on extensive period research of the 1920s.