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 Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 pm

A Tribute to the Wonderful Author Mark Merlis

Mark Merlis (1950 to 2017) was one of our favorite novelists, giving us American Studies (1994), An Arrow's Flight (1998), Man About Town (2003), and JD (2015). He won multiple awards, sold thousands of books, and was recognized as a modern gay master. A group of his peers and fabulous friends will read from his works and recall his life. Presenters include the following:

-- Christopher Bram (moderator), author of the novels Father of Frankenstein (which was turned into the movie Gods and Monsters directed by Bill Condon, and staring Brendan Fraser and Lynn Redgrave), Hold Tight, and In Memory of Angel Clare, and the non-fiction Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America

-- Edward Hibbert, Mark Merlis's literary agent and a popular star of TV, appearing as the recurring character Gil on "Frasier" for almost 40 episodes, and on Broadway, starring as the narrator in The Drowsy Chaperone, and in a number of other shows.

-- Scott Heim, author of best-selling Mysterious Skin (which was turned into the movie of the same name directed by Gregg Araki, and staring Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Elisabeth Shue), In Awe, and We Disappear.

-- William Johnson, program director of Lambda Literary.

-- Paul Russell, award-winning author of The Salt Point, Sea of Tranquillity, The Coming Storm, and The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov.

-- Michael Lowenthal, author of The Same Embrace, Avoidance, Charity Girl, and The Paternity Test.

-- Patrick Merla, organizer and editor of Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories, book and magazine editor (including the seminal "Christopher Street" magazine), and prominent figure in gay publishing, to whom JD is dedicated in part.

-- Ed Sikov, author of Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis, On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder, and Screwball: Hollywood's Madcap Romantic Comedies.

-- William Sterling Walker, author of Desire: Tales of New Orleans.

Bob Ashe, Mark Merlis' husband, will be present.   

For information about this presentation, see The LGBT Center.   

About The Second Tuesday Lecture Series

The Second Tuesday Lecture Series is the longest running program at The LGBT Center. Since 1985, more than 250 speakers have made presentations in the arts, academia, and politics. Speakers representing every major cultural award, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Grammy Award, the Academy Award (The Oscars), Broadway's Tony Awards, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Book Award, as well as the UK Booker Literary Award, have made presentations.

Through this program, Larry Kramer spoke about the plight of the AIDS Crisis in March 1987, thus beginning ACT-UP, the largest direct action AIDS organization in the world.

About The LGBT Center

The Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1983. As the heart and home of NYC’s gay communities, more than 5,000 people a week visit The Center to participate in its dozens of social service, civic, and cultural programs. The Center has a long history as a cultural hub, with ongoing presentations that showcase the work of both emerging and established artists. In addition, the Center provides affordable meeting space for nearly 400 lesbian and gay groups, ensuring that a broad range of services is available in a central location.

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