Local out film scholar Julia Mendenhall recently published her book “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing” as part of the “Queer Film Classic” series published by Arsenal Pulp Press. The author will read from her work at Giovanni’s Room @ Philly AIDS Thrift at 7 p.m. June 18.

The local LGBT scene is rife with artistic talent, so if you’re going to spend your hard-earned gay dollars this holiday season, why not support the community in the process?

From new books to new music to new artwork, PGN culled standouts from locals that would make good additions to your holiday-shopping list. Happy reading (and listening, and viewing … )!

Bestselling author Christopher Rice is coming to Philadelphia for a signing of his latest horror thriller, “The Vines,” Nov. 4 at Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room. For his latest tome, the out novelist and son of famed gothic-horror writer Anne Rice, set the action in New Orleans, following a diverse cast of characters who become caught up in the dark secrets of a restored plantation. 

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