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A Seat at the Table: Dining and Deliciousness in 1960s Gay Literary Los Angeles

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Central Library

Los Angeles has long been a refuge for gay writers and artists, and, in the years after WWII, it was home to an especially dynamic group of literary figures. At the center was British émigré Christopher Isherwood and his lover, artist and native Angeleno, Don Bachardy. Some in this cohort, like Jack Larson and Jimmy Bridges, were firmly ensconced in the film industry, whereas others, such as Gavin Lambert and Gore Vidal, merely dabbled from time to time, instead focusing their ambitions on historical novels, biographies, and Hollywood roman à clefs. Along with poets and playwrights, these men formed an evolving artist colony—marked by creative kinship, gossip, and affairs. Travel back in time with our group of expert panelists—friends of these legends, those who studied their work, and writers today who were inspired by them—for a scintillating conversation about what it might’ve been like to sit at the table amongst these literary giants

Collage of gay literary authors.




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