When San Francisco Public Library selected DISASTERAMA! by Alvin Orloff for their June 2020 “On the Same Page” book, we couldn’t have been more thrilled! We have been in love with the book since the manuscript was submitted and we published it in Fall 2019. Sooooo much has happened between then and now, but this book remains on our easy access shelf, especially because of its beautiful way of capturing the creative explosion that accompanied the horror of the worst years of the AIDS epidemic.
DISASTAERAMA! was named a finalist for Lambda Literary Awards best memoir of 2019, and has achieved a massive amount of critical praise, including:
“A valuable work of cultural history, as well as a heartrending portrayal of his own lost friends.” —Lambda Literary
“If you really want to relive the retro-camp glories, thrift store marathons, punk-rock Tupperware parties, illicit Castro ice-cream parlor after-hours, New Wave hooker adventures, and amphetamine-fueled art projects of a hallucinatory period equally split between AIDS tragedy and in-your-face, nothing-to-lose queer rebellion, than snag a copy of Alvin Orloff‘s new Disasterama!” —48 Hills
“A fascinating look back at time in LGBTQ history that was always tinged with the lurking horror of the AIDS epidemic… For any fan of San Francisco queer history and anyone who adores the current crop of San Francisco stars (Heklina, Peaches Christ) here’s a fascinating look at the era that preceded them.” —Seattle Gay Scene
“An important memoir to add to any library’s collection about the turbulent beginning of the AIDS epidemic.—Library Journal
Join the discussion this Sunday, 2-3 PM PDT, on this crucial read. Sign up here: https://sfpl.org/events/2020/06/28/book-club-disasterama-alvin-orloff