The Gaithersburg Book Festival is Going Virtual and We’re Kicking Off the Inaugural Weekend

Posted on May 07, 2020


Darlings, put Saturday May 16th at 7 pm eastern on your calendars, because that’s when you’ll be able to sit down virtually with l’il ol’ us, listen to us read from and discuss our beautiful book baby at the admirably restructured Gaithersburg Book Festival, at which we were originally scheduled to appear in person as featured authors later this month:

Wrapping up our May 16 presentations is a live conversation with the unforgettable creators of the pop culture blog, Tom and Lorenzo. At 7 p.m. E.T.Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez discuss their new book, “Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life.” The book takes a definitive deep-dive into queer history and culture with hit reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race as a touchstone.

That’s right. We’re “UNFORGETTABLE.” Or we’ll try to be, at least. We hosted a much smaller version of a virtual book tour last weekend, when we did a Zoom thing with a small number of guests for Airbnb. It was fun. After a couple of months of rapid regrouping after our book tour was cancelled, we think we’re getting the hang of how to do a book appearance from the comfort of our living room.

So tune on in by going to the Gaithersburg Book Festival channel on YouTube. We can guarantee at least one of our three cats will make an appearance or make his or her presence known in some disruptive way. We’ll read a passage from the book to get you to cry, we’ll tie it into the larger themes of the book and give you some quick drag facts like discussing the differences between drag pageants and drag balls, the development of shade and reading as a survival technique, how lip-syncing went from a derided form of low drag to a celebrated form of high drag and other such sparkly tidbits. Then we’ll open things up for questions which you guys will text to a GBF moderator – don’t worry; you won’t be on camera or anything. Bring a bottle of wine with you! It’s a Saturday night and you won’t likely be doing anything else!

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