Wednesday, March 04, 2009
When my first novel Letters to Montgomery Clift came out, I tried promoting. One of the ways an author does that is by doing readings at bookstores. I was a new untested author with no readership. Bookstores were wary in booking me. Afterall a book dubbed as a gay Filipino novel doesn't scream mainstream acceptance.
I got a string of rejections from all over. One bookstore that welcomed me with open arms and had no qualms about booking me was A Different Light. Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco stores let me read there.
They also let me do my Promising reading series, which featured gay and lesbian authors. It was recently announced that the West Hollywood store would be closing down. Shit! When it came to supporting LGBT writers ADL was always a pillar of support.
Also, ADL was so part of the West Hollywood community as far back as I can remember. It was a regular stop whenever I made it into Weho. It really was a cultural mainstay and many of us are sad to see it go.