Mark Gevisser with Samantha Allen
If author Mark Gevisser is dialing in for this evening’s program from home, then he is dialing in from ‘tomorrow,’ as he resides in Cape Town, South Africa. Wherever he lives, he has written a significant, major new work, The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). He will be conversed with for this by Samantha Allen, author of Real Queer America, and who has already had this to say about The Pink Line: “No one understands queerness from an armchair — and few have captured that truth better than Mark Gevisser. The Pink Line is a vital exploration of queerness around the globe, searching and intimate but also expansive in its scope. Like all the best writing about LGBTQ lives, this book clearly changed its author. It would be impossible not to be transformed by the reading of it.”
"In this masterful recounting of sexuality and identity around the globe, Mark Gevisser achieves an almost shocking empathy. His accounts are riveting, brilliantly researched, liberal, and forthright. He talks to people with and without privilege, of every race and of every nationality, limning the aspects of queer experience that are universal and those that are local. In intimate, often tender prose, he brings to life the complex movement for queer civil rights and the many people on whom it bears. Whether recounting suffering or triumph, Gevisser is a clear-sighted, fearless, and generous guide." —Andrew Solomon.
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