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A World AIDS Day Reading: ‘Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book’

A World AIDS Day Reading: ‘Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book’

Author: Edit Team

November 20, 2019

Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book celebrates the work of one our most iconic writers, with essays commemorating his entire oeuvre. On this day of remembrance and activism, we focus on Edmund White’s seminal work centered on the crisis, with readings from Michael Carroll sharing an excerpt from White’s impactful fiction, Lynne Tillman on The Farewell Symphony, Philip Clark on Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS, with Sarah Schulman reading from her Loss Within Loss essay “Through the Looking Glass,” and Brad Gooch will read from his Loss Within Loss essay.

Crashing Cathedrals editor Tom Cardamone will provide an introductory word about this collection and event.

Edmund White will close out the day with a reading from his work.

Copies of Crashing Cathedrals and Loss Within Loss are available for purchase at the Bureau. To reserve a copy please write to us at We also have many other titles by Edmund White and by the other readers at this event. Please support the Bureau by buying books from us. Thank you!

Michael Carroll has been married to Edmund White since 2013. He is the author of Little Reef and Other Stories and Stella Maris: Key West Stories.

Lynne Tillman‘s latest novel is Men and Apparitions (Soft Skull Press 2018). A book of her selected stories will appear in 2021.

Philip Clark is co-editor of the anthology Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and of In the Empire of the Air: The Poems of Donald Britton (Nightboat, 2016).

Sarah Schulman is the author of 17 books, as well as plays and film. Her interview with Edmund was reprinted in her book The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination.

Brad Gooch is the best-selling author of City Poet, Flannery, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle award, Rumi’s Secret, and the memoir Smash Cut. He is currently writing a biography of Keith Haring.

Tom Cardamone is the author of the LAMBDA-Award winning novella Green Thumb, among other works, and edited The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered.

Edmund White, recent recipient of an honorary National Book Award, is the author of the literary classics A Boy’s Own Story and Genet: A Biography. His latest novel, A Saint from Texas, is due summer 2020.

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 3 PM – 5 PM

Location: Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
208 W 13th St, Rm 210, New York, New York 10011

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