August 22, 2022
Virtual - LGBTQ+ Book Club: Read "Other Boys" *For 15-100
Monday, August 22, 2022
We are so pleased to be partnering with the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody, MA) to bring this book club for the LGBTQ+ community! and allies! If you are between the ages of 15-100 (yes, really!) and would like to chat about books that celebrate LGBTQ+ lives, and to use books as a springboard to discuss the challenges, we hope you can join us. This month's book selection is "Other Boys" by Damian Alexander . This book club will be facilitated by librarians from the LGBTQ+ community.
About the book:
In Other Boys , debut author Damian Alexander delivers a moving middle grade graphic memoir about his struggles with bullying, the death of his mother, and coming out. Damian is the new kid at school, and he has a foolproof plan to avoid the bullying that's plagued him his whole childhood: he's going to stop talking. Starting on the first day seventh grade, he won't utter a word. If he keeps his mouth shut, the bullies will have nothing to tease him about--right? But Damian's vow of silence doesn't work--his classmates can tell there's something different about him. His family doesn't look like the kind on TV: his mother is dead, his father is gone, and he's being raised by his grandparents in a low-income household. And Damian does things that boys aren't supposed do, like play with Barbies instead of GI Joe. Kids have teased him about this his whole life, especially other boys. But if boys can be so cruel, why does Damian have a crush on one?
About the author:
Damian Alexander is a cartoonist and storyteller who grew up in and around Boston. His first graphic novel, Other Boys , is based off his viral and award winning autobiographical webcomics. Damian's illustrations and comic shorts can be found on The Trevor Project, Narratively, The Nib and others. He loves ghost stories, miniatures, and watching cartoons with his cats on sunny afternoons.
You can order a copy of the book from our online catalog or we'll have several copies in the library if you'd like to come by and pick one up.
Please register for this event. You will receive a program link in the confirmation and reminder emails. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and the Peabody Institute Library (Peabody).
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