The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the October discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring Before Night Falls by queer Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas, as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Before Night Falls chronicles his tumultuous yet luminary life -- from his impoverished upbringing in Cuba to his imprisonment at the hands of a Communist regime. The memoir was adapted into a major motion picture in 2000 directed by Julian Schnabel.
The New York Times writes, "Reading Arenas is like witnessing a bare consciousness in the process of assimilating the most universal, but powerful, human experiences and turning them into literature. Because of this, Before Night Falls is crucial to understanding his works. But, more important, it is a record of human cruelty and the toils of one individual to survive them. Anyone who feels the temptation to be lenient in judging Castro's Government should first read this passionate and beautifully written book."
Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you don't need a free copy, you can buy the book here -- and 10% of your purchase supports free arts programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
The discussion is facilitated by Mary Foltz and is sponsored by Lehigh University's Southside Initiative and Humanities Center. This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
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