Michael Lowenthal Will Talk about his Latest Novel, "The Paternity Test," a Witty Consideration of Gay Surrogacy, Jewish Identity and Parenthood, at the SE Library, Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 PM

M LowenthalMichael Lowenthal's frank examination of a gay couple, gingerly shedding their "queered-up city life" in Manhattan for what they hope is a new chapter with a child, plays out in their summer home, just over the Sagamore Bridge on Cape Cod where they moved to establish domestic tranquility. Miraculously, Stu and Pat find a Jewish Brazilian woman in a neighboring town who agrees to be their "womb." Stu is "that incongruous thing, a Jewish airline pilot," Lowenthal writes. Stu wants to be the donor and preserve his family's gene pool; Pat, the narrator, will be the stay-at-home dad. It doesn't end well. But in the process, Lowenthal breezes you through the unique lingo of the surrogacy world

--Our Lady of the Womb, LOW (lack of womb) syndrome, the egg bank option, the surro web site-- and the details of gay culture they've been part of --including Article One of the Gay Constitution: not minding your partner's sleeping with other men. But don't let that fool you: while you're not looking, Lowenthal also makes you examine parenthood, family and what it means to be a couple. The Paternity Test is Lowenthal's fourth novel. The previous one, Charity Girl, was a New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice Title" and a Washington Post "Top Fiction of 2007" selection. The author has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Wesleyan writers' conferences, the MacDowell Colony, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the Instituto Sacatar. Lowenthal has also been awarded Lynchburg College's Thornton Residency and the James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize. He has taught creative writing at Boston College and Hampshire College, and since 2003 has been a core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University. The author will be introduced by novelist Sue Miller, whose next book, The Arsonist, will come out in June. The event starts at 6:30 PM. The South End Library is fully handicapped accessible. Seating is limited. The author's books will be available for sale and borrowing.

Coming up to speak about their work in the next few months are the following writers: Tuesday, March 18:

Max Grinnell, otherwise known as The Urbanologist. Grinnell’s focal point is the urban condition. He teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Boston University, where he helps students learn about urbanism, architecture, planning, and related topics.


Tuesday, April 1: Stephen Kinzer, former New York Times foreign correspondent and bureau chief in Berlin and Instanbul, will talk about his most recent book, The Brothers. It details the lives of 1950s secretary of state John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency in that same era. "Anyone wanting to know why the United States is hated across much of the world need look no farther than this book," wrote the New York Times last November. ======= Tuesday, April 8:


Poet Colin D. Halloran, who served with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in 2006. A former public school teacher, Colin works with students and teachers to find ways in which poetry can inform the media’s and historians’ portrayals of war. His debut collection of poems, Shortly Thereafter, won the 2012 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award.


Tuesday, April 29:

Anita Shreve, award-winning author of numerous books of fiction, including the international bestseller The Pilot’s Wife. which was made into a movie of the same name and was an Oprah Book Club selection. Her new novel, Stella Bain, has just come out to excellent reviews in the Boston Globe.


Tuesday, May 20:

South End author Wendy Wunder (The Probability of Miracles) will return to talk about her latest novel, due out in April 2014, called The Museum of Intangible Things.


Tuesday, June 10:

William Landay, award-winning author of crime fiction including the New York Timesbestseller Defending Jacob, The Strangler and Mission Flats.