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Writer John Rechy at UCR Palm Desert

An Evening with Author John Rechy at UCR Palm Desert

Preeminent literary icon for America’s gay community to appear Feb.24

(February 14, 2007)

Palm Desert, Calif. ( — John Rechy, called “one of the few original American writers of the last century” by Gore Vidal, will appear at UCR Palm Desert Theater on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.

Holder of PEN-USA-West’s 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award and Publishing Triangle’s William Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, Rechy arrived on the literary scene in 1963 as the bestselling author of “City of Night”, his controversial first novel about the underworld of gay male prostitution.

The book quickly became a source provocative commentary on sex, homosexuality, and culturally transgressive literature for publications as varied as The New York Times, The Nation, The Advocate, and Forum.

Since then, Rechy has written 14 fiction and nonfiction books. In an issue of the Los Angeles Times Book Review devoted to "L.A. Literature," Rechy was repeatedly named by other writers, including critic and author Mike Davis (“City of Quartz”), as among the five most important writers to have written about Southern California.

“City of Night” was a named as one of the 25 all time "best gay novels" by Publishing Triangle in New York and Rechy’s “The Sexual Outlaw: A Documentary” was included among the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century by the San Francisco Chronicle Book Review.

Rechy's appearance will feature an Inside the Actor’s Studio type conversation with Prof. Tom Lutz, director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for Performance program at UCR Palm Desert.

Tickets for “An Evening with John Rechy” are $20 in advance or $30 at the door and may be purchased at A special $125 ticket includes prime seating and admission to a reception with Rechy following the event.

The BottomLine magazine is the exclusive media sponsor for “An Evening with John Rechy.”



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