Alvin Orloff is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and author of the DISASTERAMA!, his fun, thoughtful, raunchy heartbreaking memoir. Now he has been named the San Francisco Public Library’s Summer On The Same Page author! Congratulations to him for this huge honor, and our thanks to the San Francisco Public Library for their work in promoting literature and literary citizenship.
On The Same Page is a bimonthly city-wide read selected by the Library staff. As the Summer On The Same Page author, Orloff will give a talk on June 10 at 6pm in conversation with Beth Lisick and K.M. Soehnlien. The event is hosted virtually, so reserve your spot here: https://bit.ly/DisasteramaAuthorTalk. There will also be a Book Club discussion of DISASTERAMA! on Sunday, June 28th at 2pm. Don’t miss it! Reserve a spot: https://bit.ly/DisasteramaBkClb.
In DISASTERAMA!, Orloff recalls the delirious adventures of his youth—from San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York—where insane nights, deep friendships with the creatives of the underground, and thrilling bi-coastal living led to a free-spirited life of art, manic performance, high camp antics, and exotic sexual encounters. Orloff looks past the politics of AIDS to the people on the ground, friends of his who did not survive AIDS’ wrath—the boys in black leather jackets and cackling queens in tacky frocks—remembering them not as victims, but as people who loved life, loved fun, and who were a part of the insane jigsaw of Orloff’s community. In DISASTERAMA!, Orloff tells their story: the true tale of how a bunch of pathologically flippant kids floundered through a deadly disaster. If you haven’t read it yet, now’s the time!