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The Gay Men’s Summer Book Club: Urban Excursion

A recent NewsBlast from Pride Center of WNY featured an upcoming urban book discussion presented by The Gay Men’s Summer Book Club. Normally these discussions take place on the outskirts of Buffalo (from what I can tell from the NewsBlasts), but with with advent of the opening of Panera Bread on Elmwood Avenue, the group is venturing onto Elmwood Avenue for a session on Thursday, September 19th 7:00pm.

The book to be discussed is Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez (read about the selection below). In order to attend the event, participants must join the book club, and must also RSVP to the discussion. More information can be found at this site, along with additional details and membership/RSVP info.

Chulito-Buffalo-NYAbout the book from Pride Center of WNY:

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan’s piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block.

Chulito, which means “cutie,” is one of the boys, and everyone in his neighborhood has seen him grow up–the owner of the local bodega, the Lees from the Chinese restaurant, his buddies from the corner, and all of his neighbors and friends, including Carlos, who was Chulito’s best friend until they hit puberty and people started calling Carlos a pato…a faggot.

Chulito rejects Carlos, buries his feelings for him, and becomes best friends with Kamikaze, a local drug dealer.

When Carlos comes home from his first year away from college and they share a secret kiss, Chulito’s worlds collide as his ideas of being a young man, being macho, and being in love are challenged.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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