Exciting October events!

QUEER YA with Second Story & Queer Voices — Oct. 8 @ 2 p.m.

Second Story Reading Series, in collaboration with Queer Voices Reading Series, will host a QUEER YA event on Sunday, October 8th at 2pm at The Loft Literary Center. The event will feature readings by local LGBTQ authors, a panel discussion, and book sales by Addendum Books. Author Molly Beth Griffin (Silhouette of a Sparrow) will read from Either/Or, a young adult novel in progress, as part of a 2017 Minnesota Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

Readers will include Rachel Gold (Nico & Tucker), dc edwards (Bright City), Brian Farrey (With Or Without You), Laura Bradley Rede (Kissing Midnight), Junauda Petrus (“Sweetness of Wild”), and David LaRochelle (Absolutely Positively Not). Ally authors Steve Brezenoff (Brooklyn Burning), Juliann Rich (Gravity), and Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Beautiful Music for Ugly Children) will then join the readers for a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by Vee Signorelli of GayYA.org. A reception and book signing will follow the program.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/681836998671631

Barnes & Noble Bookfair & Author Reading for National Coming Out Day — Oct. 10 @ 7 p.m.

Join local authors Rachel Gold, Juliann Rich and Nancy Hedin, along with staff fromRECLAIM, to hear exciting fiction and join in talking about coming out stories. This event is a fundraiser for RECLAIM, which works to increase access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms.

We’ll talk about coming out stories and there will be an opportunity for audience members to share theirs. Now is the time to practice for Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day!