There will be something for everyone at Pride on the Page

PALM SPRINGS — Pride on the Page, a two-day book festival on Nov. 4-5 presented by the Palm Springs Public Library Foundation, is a way to show students and patrons that all are welcome in our classrooms, our libraries, and our lives. It is an official event of Greater Palm Springs Pride.

Pride on the Page is a free Book Festival that will present five panels each day of LGBTQ+ affirming authors for the LGBTQ+ community and their books over the course of the two days from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. during Greater Palm Springs Pride. The goal is to bring together thought-provoking, entertaining, and enriching subject-matter that communicates different viewpoints and represents various genres that will attract readers/people who have never experienced queer culture, and others who have made it the focus of their lives.  Panel moderators will lead the authors through discussions of their work, hearing from their point-of-view, helping attendees to discover new authors or get reacquainted with long-time favorites.

The event will be outside on the Welwood Murray Memorial Library patio in downtown Palm Springs and talks will be an hour each with a break between talks allowing time for author book signings. A few of the panels scheduled are “Wonderous Words – New Fiction from LGBTQ+ Authors,” “The Heat Is On: Mystery & Mayhem in the Desert,” “Who Am I? Memoir and Memory from LGBTQ+ Authors.”

The following authors are confirmed: Melissa Chadburn, Michael Craft, Alex Espinoza, Katherine V. Forrest, Rachel M. Harper, Michael Nava, Abdi Nazemian, Steven Rowley, Omar Shariff Jr., K.M. Soehnlein, Rebecca Walker, and Brian Sonia-Wallace, just to name a few.

There will also be a special celebrity evening event on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the historic Plaza Theater featuring multi-Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress, Sharon Gless in conversation with Peter Paige, her former co-star on “Queer as Folk.” This evening event will be a ticketed fundraising event for the Foundation.

The Saturday evening event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature Sharon Gless and Peter Paige. They will discuss her highly acclaimed autobiography, “Apparently There Were Complaints,” released in December 2021, sharing stories of their time together on “Queer as Folk,” and other topics.

This is a ticketed event as a fund-raiser for the Palm Springs Public Library Foundation; tickets are $40 each, general admission. Following the program Gless will sign books, which will be for sale courtesy of Follet Books. The first 50 people to purchase tickets to the event will receive a complimentary copy of her book.

There will be something for everyone at Pride on the Page presented by the Palm Springs Public Library and the Palm Springs Public Library Foundation. In addition to Greater Palm Springs Pride other sponsors include Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon and Follet Books. To learn more about the Pride on the Page Book Festival, the appearing authors, schedule of events and to buy tickets to see Sharon Gless and Peter Paige, click here.

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  • Peter Paige and Sharon Gless-800×568-1: Individual photos from Twitter accounts