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Big Queer Book Launch Party: Tea Leaves by Jacob Budenz with DJ Amsies, Tonee Moll, and more!

Big Queer Book Launch Party: Tea Leaves by Jacob Budenz with DJ Amsies, Tonee Moll, and more!

Big Queer Book Party: Tea Leaves by Jacob Bundez – outside at Current Space!

Additional Readings:
Sylvia Jones
Tonee Moll

Special Guests:
DJ Amsies
Alex D'Agostino
Molesuit Choir

& Tarot by Soleil

About the book: A queer romance spans multiple reincarnations, but only in doomed cities. A gay medieval scholar must testify for his life to the otherworldly octopus who has him trapped in a French Quarter cafe bathroom. A lesbian food truck power couple caters a gay wedding in Lafayette as the spirits of the air and land attempt to sabotage their own ill-fated union. Heralded by Baynard Woods (author of Inheritance: an Autobiography of Whiteness) as "fabulous, in every sense... quick and sharp, full of charms that whisk us into the darkest forests of the human experience" and by award-winning editor and author dave ring as "a come-hither to the hidden forces of the universe," Tea Leaves narrates the urgency of modern queer life through encounters with the otherworldly. Editor-in-chief of the iconic Taco Bell Quarterly calls the collection "beautiful... it's funny, it's queer, and it's full of life," and Tad Bartlett, award-winning author of Marchers' Season and managing editor of Peauxdunque Review, writes, "Tea Leaves is such a fiercely and tenderly human set of stories. Jacob tells tales of longing--longing to be seen; longing to be loved; longing for definition, for certainty, or at the very least to be accepted in all our foible-filled uncertainties. These are unremittingly and exultantly queer stories, but this is not a collection solely for the queer reader. These are stories of intense universality. Jacob Budenz is a magician. On September 19th, give yourself over to his spell."

About the author:
Jacob Budenz (Jake Bee) is a queer writer, multi-disciplinary performer, educator, and witch with an MFA from the University of New Orleans and a BA from Johns Hopkins University whose work explores the intersections between otherness and the otherworldly. A 2020 winner of the Baker Innovative Projects Grant for Simaetha: a Dreambaby Cabaret, Jake has work in journals including Slipstream, Taco Bell Quarterly, Baffling, Wussy Magazine, and more, as well as anthologies by Mason Jar Press and Lycan Valley publications.

Outdoors at Current Space – Enter through the back at 421 Tyson Street
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Event Contact

Jacob Budenz

Event Details

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
$10 (Suggested Donation)


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