Category Archives: South End Writes

Reading by Philip Gambone Tomorrow Night, October 26 at SE Library, 6:30 PM

Author and South End resident Philip Gambone will read from his latest book, “Travels In a Gay Nation: Portraits of GLBTQ Americans” at the South End Library Tuesday night, October 26. It starts at 6:30 PM.

To accompany the reading, head librarian Anne Smart has pulled together a collection of books about gay life that are available to library patrons.  The collection includes An Underground Life, Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin, by Gad Beck: The Man Who Would marry Susan Sontag, by Edward Field; Cleopatra’s Wedding Present, Travels Through Syria, by Robert Tewder Moss;  When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, and You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?, by Louise A. Blum, writing about being a lesbian in small-town America.

Hope to see you there..

Sue Miller Reading at the Library

The Sue Miller book reading was well received. We have a full house with 40 plus people attending. Ms Miller read from her newest book, The Lake Shore Limited, for almost 20 minutes, and answered very thoughtful questions from the audience. If you were not a fan of Ms Miller, you would
be a convert at the end of the evening.

Scott D Pomfret Speaks at the Library

Title: Scott D Pomfret Speaks at the Library
Description: Scott D. Pomfret, the author of Sincre My Last Confession, an irreverent and lighthearted memoir in the style of Michael Moore’s Roger & Me, describing three years of stalkign the then-Archbishop O’Malley during the Massachusetts same-sex marriage debate, will speak at the South End Branch on Tues Evenings, 9th November at 6:30pm.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2010-11-09

Mr. Pomfret’s other works include Romantics-brand gay romance novels, the Q Guide to Wine and Cocktails, and dozens of short stories published in, among other venues, Post Road, New Orleans Review, Fiction International, and Fourteen Hills. Pomfret is now at work on a novel, The Prostitue’s Son. For more information, go to

Author Philip Gambone to Read From His Collection, Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans, Tuesday, October 26 at SE Library, 6:30 PM

South End resident Phil Gambone, will read from his latest book of interviews with LGBTQ Americans at the South End Library on Tuesday, October 26. Gambone has published short stories in many literary magazines and anthologies. A recipient of artist’s fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, he has also been listed in Best American Short Stories, 1989 (Houghton Mifflin).

His collection of short stories, The Language We Use Up Here, was published by Dutton in 1991.  The book was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.  His novel, Beijing (2003) was nominated for two awards, including a PEN/Bingham Award for Best First Novel.

Gambone has extensive publishing credits in nonfiction as well.  He has contributed numerous essays, reviews, features pieces, and scholarly articles, to several local and national journals including Bay Windows, The Harvard Crimson, The New York Times Book Review, Italian Americana, and The Boston Globe. He has also written extensively about China for several publications and has contributed chapters to two high school textbooks about ancient and modern China published by Cheng and Tsui.

His personal essays have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Hometowns (Dutton), Sister and Brother (Harper San Francisco), Wrestling with the Angel (Riverside), Inside Out (Purdue), The Man I Might Become (Marlowe), Boys Like Us (Avon), and Wonderlands (Wisconsin), and Big Trips (Wisconsin).

A book of interviews, Something Inside: Conversation with Gay Fiction Writers (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), was named one of the “Best Books of 1999” by Pride magazine.   His most recent book is Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), which has just been nominated for an American Library Association award.

The author has taught writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston College, and in the freshman expository writing program at Harvard.  For twenty-seven years, he was on the faculty at The Park School in Brookline.  Currently, he teaches English at Boston University Academy.  He has twice been awarded Distinguished Teaching Citations by Harvard.

Best Selling Author Sue Miller Book Reading

Please come to hear nationally acclaimed author and South End resident Sue Miller read from her most recent novel, The Lake Shore Limited.

Date: Thursday Sept 30th

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: At the South End Library of course!

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library.

More about Sue Miller

Since her iconic first novel, The Good Mother in 1986, Sue Miller has distinguished herself as one of our most elegant and widely celebrated chroniclers of family life, with a singular gift for laying bare the interior lives of her characters.

Two of Miller’s books (The Good Mother and Inventing the Abbots) have been made into feature films; her 1990 novel Family Pictures was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; Oprah Winfrey selected While I Was Gone for her popular Book Club; and in 2004, a first foray into nonfiction — the poignant, intensely personal memoir The Story of My Father — was widely praised for its narrative eloquence and character dramatization.

Please come join at at the Library Thursday to find out more about her latest novel, The Lake Shore Limited!