Writing LGBTQ Fiction Festival of the Book

Thursday, March 19 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Elizabeth Earley, David Brendan Hopes, and Carter Sickels will discuss the importance of LGBTQ representation in their work.

Elizabeth Earley (Like Wings, Your Hands), David Brendan Hopes (The Falls of the Wyona), and Carter Sickels (The Prettiest Star) will discuss the importance of LGBTQ representation in their fictional works. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event will be free to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Both a philosophical novel and a coming-of-age story, Like Wings, Your Hands explores a mother-son relationship in the context of disability and interdependence, while also raising questions about the nature of time and space and the limitless capacities of the human mind.” —Red Hen Press

“Hopes grants us entry into the wondrous, highly charged world of young male friendship once upon a time. The setting is lovely and nostalgic. But there is trouble underneath, and there are things that just cannot happen. [The Falls of the Wyona is] a pitch-perfect exploration of the terrors and pleasures of American adolescence.” —David Pratt

“Carter Sickels’s The Prettiest Star is the story of a young man who must drag his body from the mouth of death back to the ‘home’ that nearly killed him. The story of a queer desiring body moving through the crucibles of life toward song, toward rewriting family and whatever we mean by home, toward a kind of hope that comes from the dirt up and not the sky down. A heart triumph.” —Lidia Yuknavitch

This event is part of the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.