470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
For the month of November, the Strut Book Club will read “Life is Wonderful People are Terrific” by Meliza Bañales.
Join us at 7:30 PM on the Second Floor of Strut for some wine, little snacks and great conversations about literature.
Please make sure to read the book before hand and come ready to discuss your thoughts. Don’t forget folks, we get a discount at Dog Eared Books in the Castro! If you have not read the book, it is okay to come and sit and listen to the conversation. But be warned we do talk about the ending.
About the Book
From the forests, beaches, and Xicano community of Santa Cruz to the smokey punk bars, strip clubs, and Queer-girl culture of San Francisco, these are the stories of being young, drunk, punk and Xicana in Northern California in the 90’s. Missy Fuego is an eighteen-year-old Xicana, the first in her family to leave home and accept a scholarship at a prestigious yet hippie university tucked away in the Redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains in 1996. But scholarship money proves to be tough, and she has to moonlight as a stripper to pay the bills in “the city,” putting her at constant odds with two developing worlds. Through her daily journey to get things done she manages to get entangled with a series of diverse and important people, dodging close-calls, neo-nazi skinheads, Xicano authenticity battles, Riot Grrrl race politics, and hippies, all the while exploring her Queer identity, getting paid through her thong, and learning to take a chance on herself.
About the Author
Meliza Bañales aka Missy Fuego is the author of Life is Wonderful, People are Terrific (novel, Ladybox Press), Say It With Your Whole Mouth (poems, Monkey Press) and has work in Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing-Up Working Class (edited by Michelle Tea), Baby, Remember My Name: New Queer Girl Writing (edited by Michelle Tea), and The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Change, Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders of the Spoken-Word Movement (edited by Alix Olson).
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If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Facilitator Baruch Porras Hernandez.