Thurs, June 24th • 5:00pm PT • Live • Online
Featuring Darcie Little Badger, P. Carl, Jaquira Díaz & Brandon Taylor
Moderated by Paula Farmer
With an unprecedented number of anti-LGBTQ measures sweeping through state legislatures across the country, 2021 is on the cusp of surpassing 2015 as the worst year for anti-LGBTQ legislation in recent history, according to new tracking and analysis by the Human Rights Campaign. Now more than ever, it is important that there not only continue to be protest marches and celebratory Pride parades, but that there also be discussions of the issues, informing those within and outside of the community of what is at stake.
The first Book Passage Pride Panel is a modest but sure-to-be-impactful step toward meaningful discourse regarding some of these issues to the community at large. Our Pride Panel is an impressive and diverse collaboration made up of authors, thinkers, and agents of change.
Panelists (in alphebetical order)
Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe, was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy novels of all time, and is a Nebula, Ignyte, Locus, and Lodestar finalist. Her second fantasy novel, A Snake Falls to Earth, is coming in October 2021. Darcie’s short fiction, nonfiction, and comics have appeared in multiple places, including Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, and The Dark.
P. Carl is an artist, activist and scholar. His memoir, Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition, which Publishers Weekly described as “moving and captivating.” A section of the book was excerpted and featured in The New York Times Magazine. He is the Senior Distinguished Artist in Residence, Department of Performing Arts, at Emerson College in Boston and was awarded a 2017 Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy for the Fall of 2018, the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington, and the Anschutz Fellow at Princeton University for Spring 2020.
Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami. She is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, winner of a Whiting Award, a Florida Book Awards Gold Medal, and a Lambda Literary Awards finalist. Ordinary Girls was an Indies Introduce Selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Notable Selection, an Indie Next Pick, and a Library Reads pick. Díaz's work has been published in The Guardian, Time Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Best American Essays 2016, among other publications. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes.
Brandon Taylor is the author of the novel Real Life, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, as well as The National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize and the 2021 Young Lions Fiction Award. His latest novel, Filthy Animals, is a quietly devastating portrayal of the fierce longing for intimacy, the lingering presence of pain, and the desire for love in a world that seems, more often than not, to withhold it. His work has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed Reader, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gay Mag, The New Yorker online, The Literary Review, and elsewhere. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow.
Moderating the event is Book Passage’s Paula Farmer. In addition to curating events for social discourse and change, Paula is a features writer, and hosts the “Speaking Of” interview series on Instagram in which she regularly talks with BIPOC authors, artists, and activists on topical issues. She is the Chairperson of the Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee of CALIBA and was recently selected for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for the American Booksellers Association.
Darcie Little Badger photo courtesy of author; P. Carl photo by Asia Kepka; Jaquira Díaz photo courtesy of author; Brandon Taylor photo by William J. Adams