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Book Club with AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DO

by:  at 05/28/2015

A. Rey PamatmatAs after all the terrible things I do is set in a bookstore, we asked around the production for some book recommendations. First, we spoke with A. Rey Pamatmat, the show's playwright.

 


Black Swan Green, David Mitchell"Fiction-wise, I've been on a huge David Mitchell kick. I just finished Black Swan Green and started up Ghostwritten. The first was such an intense portrait of being 13 that I was thinking about taking a break from him. But I'm so curious about Mitchell's recurring characters, so I want to start with his first novel and see what larger narrative emerges by using those characters to connect the completely different worlds of multiple novels. 

 

Visions and Revisions, Dale Peck"Non-fiction-wise, I just finished Visions and Revisions by Dale Peck, his memoir about 'Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS.' I've been thinking a lot about identifying as gay when I first did (a time when people told every gay man that if you didn't openly talk about the sex you were having you risked death) versus identifying as gay now (when people tell every gay man to never openly talk about sex or anything that would make straight people think you are different from them, because it puts marriage equality and all queer civil rights at risk). There's a play in there somewhere."

 

Look for these books at a local bookseller!

Brookline Booksmith
 279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Trident Cafe and Booksellers
338 Newbury Street
Boston,  MA 02115

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

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