Subterranean SF Reading Series presents...Katie Gilmartin's "Blackmail, My Love"
Thursday, November 13, 2014, Doors 7:30 P.M., Presentation 8:00 P.M., Location: Undisclosed (by invite only)


City Lights in conjunction with Cleis Press present another installment of

Subterranean SF: Hardboiled Writing with an Edge

Katie Gilmartin's Blackmail, My Love

An evening of storytelling delving into the darker side of San Francisco's 1950's Queer Underground

celebrating the release of

Blackmail, My Love - A Murder Mystery

published by Cleis Press

This event shall take place at an undisclosed location.

Admission is free, but only on a first come, first serve basis.

Seating is limited and by invitation only.

Invitations become available on Monday, November 3, 2014

Invitations may only be picked up in-person at the front counter of City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA. Ask for the black envelope. It will contain directions to the venue and starting time. Each invite admits two.

No reservations shall be accepted.

Call City Lights to determine ticket availability (tel. 415-362-8193 x24)

Katie Gilmartin dug deeply into the annals of San Francisco's storied past to produce Blackmail, My Love, a brilliantly conceived and artfully illustrated murder mystery that serves as a revelatory secret history of San Francisco's Queer underground of the 1950s. The plot is fueled by a 1951 California Supreme Court ruling that homosexuals had a right to congregate, a decision that stopped police raids but created backlash in the form of surveillance, entrapment and more police brutality. Set in such legendary locations as the Black Cat Cafe, the Fillmore district during its heyday as jazz capital of the West, the Beat movement's North Beach, and the sexually complex Tenderloin, Blackmail, My Love is a neo-noir novel that distills history and fiction into a singular, visually stunning experience.

Katie Gilmartin received a PhD in cultural studies from Yale, with an emphasis in Queer history. After teaching the history of sexuality and Queer studies for a decade at the University of California-Santa Cruz, University of California-Berkeley and The New College, she became a printmaker. Her prior publications are academic essays based on interviews she conducted with lesbians about their lives in the 1940s and 1950s. This is her first work of fiction. Gilmartin lives in San Francisco, California.