In March 2012, South End author Phil Gambone traveled to Normandy, France, on a "feeler" expedition for a book he had been thinking about: retracing the steps his dad took as an American soldier during the Second World War in Europe. "I found myself on the very streets he had walked on," Gambone said. His father's silence about his war experience, and Gambone's desire to delve more deeply into his family's history, led to several more trips and a book-in-progress from which he will do his first reading on Tuesday, June 18 at the South End Library. The event starts at 6:30 PM.
Gambone has published novels and short stories including The Language We Use Up Here (1991), Something Inside: Conversations with Gay Fiction Writers (1999), Beijing: A Novel (2003) and Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (2010). His awards include a fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, among others. In addition, Gambone has taught writing at UMass, Boston College and has been twice awarded Distinguished Teaching Citations at the Harvard Extension School. He was previously on the faculty of The Park School and currently teaches English at Boston University Academy.