June 6: An incredibly engaging evening with Call Me By Your Name author André Aciman. Many people commented on how funny he is! He is at once incredibly charming and a delight to listen to. At the same time, this talk felt like his work, in that it gave listeners (at least this one) a very particular sensation. At once romantic and inspirational. Despite being a professor, he mentioned not loving school. But I can tell he is an amazing teacher. Although the talk was an hour and not a full semester- I certainly came away from this talk feeling like I had learned something about myself.
June 7: What a lovely and lively evening with author Becky Albertalli! I expected her to be awesome because when you read her books...you feel like you know her. But I was delighted by her lovely fans! They were so energetic and asked great questions. Some even made special "Love, Simon" shirts just for the event! It was really amazing to spend an evening in the #simonverse 🏳️🌈💃🏳️🌈
I was thrilled to work with curators from across the Library to put together a small display of rare LGBTQ+ materials in the Coolidge Auditorium. This display included early and rare LGBTQ+ comic books and graphic novels, first editions of such classics as The Well of Loneliness and Giovanni's Room, and seminal early periodical publications including The Ladder and Christopher Street.