We are pleased to host an Author Reading with Tim Murphy on February 11 at 6pm. Mr. Murphy will be discussing his new novel, Christodora, recently chosen as an American Library Association’s 2017 Notable Book. Christodora tells the story of a family living in the East Village of New York City who are impacted by the AIDS epidemic. It is the story of the brave people who fought for this epidemic to be recognized and for its victims to be treated humanely. It is also the story of people who survived and how their fight and their grief impacted them centrally for the rest of their lives.
Mr. Murphy will read a selection from Christodora and there will be a question and answer period to follow. Copies of the book, signed by the author, will be available for sale courtesy of Spotty Dog Books and Ale during the reception that will follow. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible.
Tim Murphy is a journalist who has reported on HIV/AIDS for two decades. He has worked for Out, Advocate, New York Magazine, The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler. He has also been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.
Garth Greenwell writes in the Washington Post: “A powerful novel about the AIDS crisis and its legacy . . . Hugely ambitious . . . [A] rich, complicated story . . . Murphy offers a compelling portrait of the community of activists that transformed queer life in the 1980s and ’90s . . . His depictions of the day-to-day business of activists and bureaucrats have uncommon authority. He vividly captures the diversity and tensions within the AIDS movement . . . No book has made me feel so intensely not just the ravages of AIDS but also the devastating cost of activism . . . Christodora recounts a crucial chapter in the history of queer life, which is to say in the history of American life. It’s also, for all the despair it documents, a book about hope.”
And in the New York Times Alastair Gee writes this in his review of the book: ‘The catalyst of this thrillingly accomplished novel is not the East Village apartment building where several characters live — the Christodora — but a virus. A young boy named Mateo loses his mother to AIDS and is taken in by an artist couple, an act of love that triggers an emotional time bomb. Others grapple with H.I.V. or its destructive legacy: a New York deputy health commissioner suffering from manic episodes; her gay heartthrob of an intern, who grows disgusted with the ossified bureaucracy as the disease wreaks its toll; and the artists’ navel-gazing writer friend, Drew, in California. These varied minds and voices are realized so convincingly that “Christodora” sometimes seems the product of spirit possession. And it is joyous despite its subject matter. Drew is described, in a typically delicious example of the humor animating the book, as “a swath of glitter wrapped around an echoing void.”’