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.
Happy Pride! We love to celebrate pride with this annual fundraiser for one of our amazing nonprofits that does so much to help LGBTQ people in the Pacific Northwest, Pride Foundation (www.pridefoundation.org), and featuring local queer writers. This year we’ll be hearing from Tammy Lynne Stoner (Sugar Land), Daniel Elder (The Museum Dose), and Kate Carroll de Gutes (The Authenticity Experiment). Come and learn about Pride Foundation, and support them and these fantastic queer authors, in a queer-owned bookshop, as part of your pride this month!
We’re reading a pretty new book this month, although it takes place in the 1920’s so you might think it’s one of our flashback months. Swearing Off Stars by Danielle Wong is historical fiction about women falling in love in London, and fighting for women’s rights at a time when they weren’t allowed to graduate from Oxford. Come tell us what you think of it! We meet the first Tuesday of the month to talk about books with lesbian content/characters/issues, and all readers are welcome.
Up this month is only our second science fiction book, Trouble and Her Friends, by Melissa Scott. This one is more cyberpunk, so bring your techie selves to help explain stuff to us non-techies! We meet the first Tuesday of the month and talk about books with lesbian characters/content/issues and all readers are welcome!
It’s almost Pride and we’re preparing ourselves with this event that discusses conversion therapy. Join Peter Gajdics (The Inheritance of Shame) and Marnie Freeman (To the One) with a reading and discussion on the topic.
It’s our second annual literary fundraiser for the amazing Pride Foundation. (See more here: https://www.pridefoundation.org). Come hear and support local queer authors Kate Carroll de Gutes (Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear – Oregon Book Award winner, Lambda Literary winner), Robert Hill (The Remnants), Cait Spivey (From Under the Mountain), and past scholarship recipient Kelly Jeske. You’ll learn about Pride Foundation and the work that they do, have a literary good time with these local authors, and have a chance to help out Pride Foundation if you wish.