City of Night (Grove/Atlantic)
Groundbreaking author John Rechy will appear at Skylight to discuss and sign his novel City of Night, in celebration of its 50th anniversary. He'll be in conversation with his biographer, Charles Casillo.
Join us as author/director/actor/activist Michael Kearns introduces Rechy and Casillo for Skylight's celebration and discussion.
" A ground breaking book... a classic American novel."
--- Edmund White, The N.Y. Review of Books
"One of the major books to be published since World War II"
--- The Washington Post
"Rechy tells the truth, and tells it with such passion that we are forced to share in the life he conveys... a most humbling and liberating achievement."
--- James Baldwin
"One of the few original American writers of the last century"
--- Gore Vidal
When John Rechy’s explosive first novel appeared in 1963, it marked a radical departure from all other novels of its kind, and gave voice to a subculture that had never before been revealed with such acuity. It earned comparisons to Genet and Kerouac, even as Rechy was personally attacked by scandalized reviewers. Nevertheless, the book became an international best-seller and ushered in a new era of fiction, and fifty years later, it has become a classic. Bold and inventive in style, Rechy is unflinching in his portrayal of one hustling “youngman” and his search for self-knowledge within the neon-lit world of hustlers, drag queens, and the denizens of their world. As the narrator moves from El Paso to Times Square, from Pershing Square to the French Quarter, Rechy delivers a portrait of the edges of America that has lost none of its power to move and exhilarate.
John Rechy is the recipient of two coveted literary honors: PEN-USA West's Lifetime Achievement Award (which he was the first novelist to receive) and the Publishing Triangle's William Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of twelve novels, among them the Los Angeles Times best-seller The Coming of the Night, City of Night , Numbers, Rushes, The Sexual Outlaw (all from Grove Press), as well as The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez and Our Lady of Babylon. An NEA recipient, he is also the author of several plays, essays, and short stories.
Charles Casillo is the official biographer of John Rechy. His works have appeared in The N.Y. Times, the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Interview Magazine, among others. His books include "The Marilyn Diaries," "The Fame Game," "Boys Lost and Found," and is personal favorite, "Outlaw: The Lives and Careers of John Rechy."