Invasions with Calvin Gimpelevich

7:30 p.m.

The Last Bookstore is proud to host Calvin Gimpelevich, author of the debut short story collection Invasions, on the LA stop of his West Coast tour. Join us for a reading by Calvin, as well as other LA-based LGBT writers: an evening of some of the best work modern trans and queer fiction has to offer.

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Invasions blew my mind. Flipping between speculative worlds deeply rooted in realness and emotion and more familiar landscapes that tip on the edges of personal apocalypses, Gimpelevich’s writing is strong and sure, taking us places we really haven’t been. I’m hooked.”–Michelle Tea

A body-swapping personal trainer and her trans girlfriend turn to a life of crime. A man mourning his dead lover becomes trapped in the mind of the leader of a bathhouse raid. A trans man, recovering from top surgery paid for with a stolen credit card, finds strange connection and condemnation among his fellow patients. The fifteen stories in this debut fiction collection from author Calvin Gimpelevich move in the borderlands between realism and surrealism, investigating gender, class, relationships, and the powers we still hold within spaces of powerlessness. They articulate the invasions we commit, the invitations we receive to cross over into another person’s world.

Calvin Gimpelevich was born in San Francisco and has lived around the West Coast. A recipient of awards from Artist Trust, Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Speculative Literature Foundation, 4Culture, CODEX/Writer’s Block, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, his work has appeared in Electric Literature, Plentitude, cream city, THEM, and other publications. He has cats.


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