Originally posted, Thursday, June 12 – Two wonderful books have come out recently —Let Me See It,, by James Magruder this month, and The Tooth Fairy, by Cliff Chase, back in February. The first is a collection of linked short stories, the second a memoir, and both are fun to read, moving, and formally inventive — top notch, from this passionate reader’s point of view. Both feature gay male characters — Cliff’s narrator is Cliff, of course, and Jim has split himself into two fictional protagonists, cousins Tom and Elliot. Both writers are good friends of mine, I knew they would love each other’s work, and I also knew an evening of them reading together would be terrific entertainment. This is why I am hosting a book party for them at the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, on June 19th at 7 pm, so I hope you can come.
Here’s some Winikesque backstory, plus excerpts I asked the guys to select.