The Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club meets at SASG on Capital Hill
(previously Dunshee House) every Wednesday, 6-7:15pm.

We read one book each month and discuss that book all month.
Some members come every Wednesday; some join us once or twice a month.

For busy people, four opportunities means not having to worry about missing out! And spreading the discussion over a month allows us to approach  topical questions in depth, for readers to dive back into the text and explore thoughts different from their own.


The Normal Heart
Larry Kramer

The book for May is out-of-print. Iíve managed to gather five copies of THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, the classic 1985 AIDS play, recently remounted in New York in 2011 to amazing reviews. Luckily for us, our computer-savvy member, Ashley Cook, managed to find the script online, for those of you whoíd like to read it before our meetings: http://jccrochester.org/pdfs/centerstage/Normal_Heart.pdf

Weíre going to read through the script aloud to encounter this play as a group,

the way plays are intended to be experienced. This is the month with no homework. All are welcome. Bring interested guests. Invite your friends. Take this rare opportunity to feel the dramatic rage of the one heroic gay voice that refused to be quiet about the plague.

Hereís our reading schedule, building up to the telecast of the HBO made-for-television movie starring Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo on Sunday, May 25. 

    May 7:    the first five scenes

    May 14:  Scenes 6 through 9

    May 21:  the last seven scenes 

    May 28:  a discussion of the HBO movie version 

Check out the movie preview online if you havenít seen it yet.

Our last discussion of Carol Rifka  Bruntís TELL THE WOLVES IíM HOME will be this coming Wednesday, April 23. The meeting on April 30th will be canceled, so that hopefully youíll join me on 

Tuesday, April 29: the launch of my new girl/girl mystery set on the UW campus, STUDENT UNION, at the University Book Store at 7 pm. Love to have your company that night!



List of previous books

Come join us any Wednesday, 6-7:15pm at

303 17th Avenue East
Seattle 98112

(on Capitol Hill, near Group Health Hospital)

SASG phone: (206) 322-2437

Feel free to just show up, whether youíve finished the book or not.

For more information, contact Nick at

Read the SGN interview with Nick about the club

Read all about SASG, our hosts

Previous books


Breakfast with Scot Michael Downing

Orange Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson

I Am Not Myself These Days John Kilmer-Purcell

The City and the Pillar Gore Vidal

The Price of Salt Patricia Highsmith

Fun Home Alison Bechdel

Queer William Burroughs

A Fairly Honourable Defeat Iris Murdoch

The Thiefís Journal Jean Genet

Wild Dogs Helen Humphreys

The Gifts of the Body Rebecca Brown

Death in Venice Thomas Mann


The Immoralist Andre Gide

A Single Man Christopher Isherwood

The Pure and the Impure Colette

The Last of the Wine Mary Renault

Satyricon Petronius

Maurice E. M. Forster

Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman

Dog Years Mark Doty

Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man Bill Clegg

Confessions of a Mask Yukio Mishima

Stuck Rubber Baby Howard Cruse

My Father and Myself J. R. Ackerley


Hindoo Holiday J. R. Ackerley

The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst

Dry Augusten Burroughs

We Think the World of You J. R. Ackerley

Just Kids Patti Smith

The Counterfeiters Andre Gide

Union Atlantic Adam Haslett

Teleny and Camille Jon Macy, adapted from Oscar Wilde and His Circle

Moffie Andre Carl van der Merwe

The Ladies Doris Grumbach


The Strangerís Child Alan Hollinghurst

We the Animals Justin Torres

Jack Holmes and His Friend Edmund White

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson

Are You My Mother? Alison Bechdel

The Swimming-pool Library Alan Hollinghurst

Mars Vs. Maple School Nick DiMartino

Goodbye to Berlin Christopher Isherwood

Christopher and His Kind Christopher Isherwood

The Picture of Dorian Gray (uncensored) Oscar Wilde

Mr. Fortuneís Maggot Sylvia Townsend Warner

Changes: In A Little Gay Bar Nick DiMartino


Becoming A Man Paul Monette

Borrowed Time Paul Monette

Heavenís Coast Mark Doty

The Gallery John Horne Burns

Stories for Boys Gregory Martin

Money Boy Paul Yee

The End of San Francisco Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and
Toast Nigel Slater

The Story of the Night Colm Toibin

The Dream of the Celt Mario Vargas Llosa

Rough Music Richard Gale

The Two Hotel Francforts David Leavitt

The Devil in Love Nick DiMartino


Fairyland Alysia Abbott

Vainglory Ronald Firbank

Our Lady of the Flowers Jean Genet

Tell the Wolves Iím Home Carol Rifka Brunt

The Normal Heart Larry Kramer