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Genevieve Hudson & Alden Jones: A Virtual Reading with the Bureau

July 25 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join the Bureau online for a reading with Genevieve Hudson (Boys of Alabama) and Alden Jones (The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir) on Saturday, July 25th, 6 to 7 PM EST.

Registration on Eventbrite is required. Register below:

Genevieve Hudson will read from her new novel, Boys of Alabama. Melissa Febos says of Boys of Alabama: “This novel is a love song to outsiders of all kinds, a queer love story about the ways we find to heal ourselves and each other, and proof that there can be magic amid the burdens of masculinity. Hudson’s prose is perfect and I will remember her Boys of Alabama for a long, long time.”














Genevieve Hudson’s previous books are the critical memoir A Little in Love with Everyone, and Pretend We Live Here: Stories, which was a 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, The MacDowell Colony, Caldera Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Portland, OR.

Alden Jones will read from her new bibliomemoir, The Wanting Was a Wilderness: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and the Art of Memoir. Alex Marzano-Lesnevich says of The Wanting Was a Wilderness: “Alden Jones intended to write a reckoning with a contemporary literary classic — but she has written far more than that. To carefully dissect Wild, she finds she must consider her own quests: her own time in the wild; her self-discoveries as a queer woman; and how she can both live and tell an authentic story. This is a beautiful, lyric, unexpected book about the power of memoir and how desire both leads us into the wilderness and makes for us a map. The Wanting Was a Wilderness is a book for readers, true readers, to treasure.”

Jones front cover 2-12-2020

















Alden Jones’s previous books are The Blind Masseuse, a finalist for the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogal Award, and Unaccompanied Minors, winner of the New American Fiction Prize and a finalist for a Lambda and a Publishing Triangle Award. She teaches at Emerson College and is core faculty in the Newport MFA.


This event is free, but the authors and the Bureau ask attendees to make a donation of $10 or more to NYC’s LGBT Community Center if you have the means to do so.

RSVP on Eventbrite in order to receive the link to the Zoom meeting (required).

Order Hudson’s Boys of Alabama (Liveright Publishing, May 19, 2020, hardcover, $26.95) from the Bureau. Send us an email with “Order Hudson’s Boys of Alabama” in the subject line at Please include:


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Order Jones’s The Wanting Was a Wilderness (Fiction Advocate, May 12, 2020, paperback, $19.95) directly from the publisher:







July 25
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Online event
New York, NY United States


Bureau of General Services—Queer Division