Sexual predators come in all shapes, sizes, ages, genders and ethnicities but, with “Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement,” compilers and editors Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Jennifer Patterson have brought the stark reality home, as it were. Simmons and Patterson are not just the editors, but also contributors, adding their own stories to this sad chorus.

In “Life Lessons from a Total Failure: A Journey from Failure to Fulfillment,” 34-year-old author and actor M.J. Dougherty tells the profound story of his life. A native of Scranton, Dougherty accumulated an eclectic mix of experiences that led to him becoming an actor in Los Angeles. His autobiography is a tragic, euphoric and intimate account of his quest for fulfillment.

Out writer and playwright Kathy Anderson with read from her debut short-story collection, “Bull and Other Stories,” Pride weekend at Giovanni’s Room. Her short stories have appeared in numerous online literary reviews, literary journals and anthologies.

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