Avery Cassell Book Signing + Coloring Workshop

Saturday, November 24, 3pm-5pm
Pegasus Books Downtown

Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Avery Cassell on Small Business Saturday for a book signing of Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII. Avery will also be presenting a coloring workshop featuring printouts from Resistance and the Butch Lesbians Coloring Books. Guest illustrator TBA.


Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII is an explosion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender resistance during the disruptive and frightening era preceding WWII and during the war. Over 35 forebearers are featured in this book; members of the Resistance, bar owners, musicians, a fashion designer, a school teacher, journalists, students—all found ways of surviving as they battled fascism as it spread like a virus across Europe. The people in Resistance: The LGBT Fight Against Fascism in WWII prove that resistance can take many shapes, from forging identity documents, to writing anti-fascist poetry, to providing shelter to refugees, to flummoxing Nazis with anti-fascist leaflets. The act of resistance is not a one-size-fits-all political activity; we must utilize our unique individual talents to resist in creative ways. Written by Avery Cassell and illustrated by a community of LGBTQ artists, this book is both timely and inspiring.

“These are the stories of people who, nevertheless, persisted—that doesn't make these people any less revolutionary. It allows for us to see them as human. In the cracks of the stories the biographer has dug up about these amazing radicals and visionaries, there must have been moments of rage, grief, betrayal, despair, fear and dread.” -Laura Antoniou, 2018.

“If there is horror, it is for those who speak indifferently of the next war. If there is hate, it is for hateful qualities, not nations. If there is love, it is because this alone kept me alive.” -Claude Cahun (artist and activist), 1939—1945.

Avery Cassell is a writer, poet, cartoonist, grandpa, and artist. They live in foggy San Francisco with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu. Their books include Behrouz Gets Lucky, a light butch-transmasculine romance novel, the Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book (Stacked Deck Press, 2017), and the Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book (Stacked Deck Press, 2018). You can also find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015. 

Event date: 
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
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