Alysia Abbott
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco

CoSponsored by the GLBT Historical Society

Alysia Abbot in discussion with Gerard Koskovich, curator at the GLBT Historical Society

discussing her new book

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

from W. W. Norton & Company

Fairyland is a vibrant, poignant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and '80s San Francisco with an openly gay father. After his wife's death in 1973, poet and activist Steve Abbott comes out of the closet and moves with his three-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom have responsibility for a child. Steve throws himself into the city's vibrant poetry scene performing, publishing, and building a community—sharing it all with Alysia. But he struggles to make a stable home, working incessantly, falling for bad boyfriends, and constantly moving. Just when the two find happiness and Steve starts to get recognition for his work, the AIDS crisis hits. Steve, the once unlikely caregiver for his daughter, asks Alysia, at twenty-one, to care for him. Revisiting her father's journals and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of 1970s and '80s San Francisco as well as a moving account of a daughter's love and a father's legacy.

Alysia Abbott's work has appeared in Real Simple, Salon, and She was a Nieman Affiliate at Harvard University and a contributing producer at WNYC radio. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.

Gerard Koskovich is a San Francisco–based editor, writer, historian and and rare book dealer. He serves as a curator at The GLBT History Museum in the city's Castro District.

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