A quick check in from the Travel Desk here– it’s off to lovely Clark University in Worcester MA for me on Thursday April 11; I’ll be reading on campus that evening (the event is at 6:30 in Atwood Hall). This is the second time I’ve done an event at Clark; last time round, in 2009, they treated me like bloody royalty. I’m very happy to be returning.
The week after, on Thursday the 18th, I’ll be reading at Planned Parenthood in Ithaca, NY. This reading is of special importance to me because of the role my sister in law, the late Katie Finney played in my life. Katie lived in the Ithaca region for many years, and was on the board of directors of PP in Ithaca, one of her favorite non-profits. So this reading will give me a chance to reconnect with friends in the Finger Lakes region, and to think about Katie, who, as readers of my work may know, in some ways enabled my wife and I to realize the depth of our love for each other. It was Katie who said, when she heard the news of my transition, “Oh, I’m so glad it’s only that you’re a woman; I was afraid it was something serious.”
The day after the Ithaca event, I‘ll fly out to L.A. for the GLAAD media awards gala on Saturday night, April 20, where I’ll be hosting a table and wearing a little black dress. If you’re interested in joining me at the gala, PLEASE reach out via email (see the contact tab on this page) and I’ll tell you what to do. It’s not a cheap date–it’s a fundraiser, darling– but it’s for a good cause. This is my last scheduled appearance in California until the summer, I believe, so do please join me!