Book Talk with Patrick E. Horrigan


The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents a book talk with Patrick E. Horrigan, who will read from his new novel Pennsylvania Station.  A book signing will follow. 

About The Author

Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Patrick E. Horrigan received his BA from The Catholic University of America and his PhD from Columbia University. Pennsylvania Station is his second novel, following PORTRAITS AT AN EXHIBITION (Lethe Press), about a young man’s search for the meaning of life amid a gallery of old master portraits, and WIDESCREEN DREAMS: GROWING UP GAY AT THE MOVIES (University of Wisconsin Press), an analysis of several popular films from the 1960s and 70s. He has written artists’ catalogue essays for Thion’s LIMI-TATE: DRAWINGS OF LIFE AND DREAMS (cueB Gallery) and Ernesto Pujol’s LOSS OF FAITH (Galeria Ramis Barquet). His essay “The Inner Life of Ordinary People” appears in Anthony Enns’ and Christopher R. Smit’s SCREENING DISABILITY: ESSAYS ON CINEMA AND DISABILITY (University Press of America). His one-act play, MESSAGES FOR GARY: A DRAMA IN VOICEMAIL, composed entirely of answering machine messages received by the activist and socialist scholar Gary Lucek, was a critically-acclaimed hit of the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival. With his husband, the actor and writer Eduardo Leanez, he co-wrote the solo show YOU ARE CONFUSED! about the relationship between a gay Venezuelan boy and his charismatic mother. He and Mr. Leanez are the hosts of ACTORS WITH ACCENTS, a recurring variety show at Teatro Circulo in Manhattan’s East Village. Since 1993, he has taught English at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. He lives in Manhattan.

About Pennsylvania Station

Set in the “Mad Men” era of 1960s Manhattan, PENNSYLVANIA STATION tells the story of Frederick Bailey, a cultured, middle-aged architect who, in his futile effort to save the old Penn Station from being demolished, becomes erotically and emotionally entangled with twenty-year-old Curt, a vibrant, immature gay-rights activist.  Frederick will do almost anything to catch and hold this mercurial young man, risking friends and family, career and reputation along the way.  But while Curt seems drawn to Frederick, or at least willing to be pursued, he will not be pinned down, and as the elegant old station is dismantled piece by piece to make way for the futuristic Madison Square Garden sports arena, Frederick undergoes a series of reckonings he has dreaded all his life.  A midcentury-modern Death in Venice, PENNSYLVANIA STATION digs deep into the fractured psyches of the main characters as it chronicles the vagaries of their unlikely intergenerational romance, all the while conjuring a picture of the city and the nation on the brink of irreversible cultural change.

“Horrigan’s novel is convincingly at home in its time period, full of wonderful details and forthright opinions about architecture and art, family dynamics, and the fight over civil rights. . . . A frank yet subtle novel about the old and the new and about the steps that led to the gay rights movement.” - Kirkus Reviews


This is a sober social event, no alcohol will be served.

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June 26, 2018 at 6:00pm - 8pm
The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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