Stonewall 500

Bureau Book Club 1: Martin Duberman’s Stonewall

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Bureau Book Club 1: Martin Duberman’s Stonewall
July 13, 2014 7:00 PM
July 13, 2014 10:00 PM
646 457 0859
June 30, 2014
Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
646 457 0859
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83A Hester Street, New York, NY, 10002, United States
Stonewall 500


The Bureau Book Club is a home for freewheeling discussion about the books and the issues that captivate us. Inspired by the conversations that break out after so many of the Bureau’s more formal events, we’ll have a one-hour session each month about a different work of fiction or non-fiction. Buy the book from the Bureau and get a 10% discount. Come prepared with a favorite quote. The Book Club discussions will be moderated by Ben Miller.

This month’s book, inspired by Pride and by the thought-provoking Helix stickers being given out with all the Bureau’s books this month, will be Martin Duberman’s Stonewall. A work of history that explodes preconceived notions of how history must be written, this captivating and novelistic work tells the life stories of six of the key actors at the Stonewall Rebellion.

Ben Miller is a New York-based writer and student of history. Current projects include thesis research on early gay activist Harry Hay that has taken him to archives in California and conferences from Pennsylvania to New Mexico, an adaptation of an early Mozart libretto for performance at Carnegie Hall, and new short fiction influenced by his historical research. He is the 2014 winner of New York University’s Bessie and Louis Levy Prize for Excellence in American History, and the recipient of the Steffi Berne Research Scholarship in the Humanities from the same institution. His teachers in history and writing have included Linda Gordon, K. Kevyne Baar, Marcelle Clements, and Jonathan Safran Foer. His academic writing has appeared in HistorianCollege Film and Media Studies, and the Chicago Journal of History; and his short fiction has appeared in BrioStudio on the Square, and West 10th. He is editor or co-editor of several publications, co-founder of Squid Ink Magazine (launching soon), and serves on the communications committee of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. He tweets @benwritesthings.