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Van Alen Book Club: Christodora by Tim Murphy

Join Van Alen Book Club for a discussion of Christodora by Tim Murphy. Set in an iconic building in the East Village—the Christodora—the book portrays a bohemian Manhattan of sex, drugs, art, and activism from the early 1980s to the near future. Moving kaleidoscopically through the life stories of his characters, Murphy uses addiction as a persistent and radically reshaping force in a search for a feeling of home. We’ll explore how a group of neighborhood dwellers transformed queer culture, created their own community, and shaped their lives amid such forces as AIDS and climate change.

As always, this meeting of the Van Alen Book Club is open to new and returning participants, and a casual dinner will be provided.

Please note, this event has been rescheduled from Tuesday, October 11 in recognition of the Yom Kippur holiday.

Discussion Leader
Theodore Kerr is a Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based writer and organizer whose work focuses on HIV/AIDS. He earned his Masters at Union Theological Seminary, where he researched Christian ethics and HIV. He was previously the programs manager at Visual AIDS and is currently a member of the What Would An HIV Doula Do? collective. His writing has appeared in WSQ, Lambda Literary, The Advocate, Poz Magazine, Indiewire and other publications.