Lynn Breedlove's 45 Thought Crimes

Thursday, June 13, 7:30 pm
Pegasus Books Downtown

Queercore icon Lynn Breedlove presents a new collection of writing, 45 Thought Crimes. Celebrate this book release with a hat tip to Pride Month, a nod to Pegasus' 50th year, and a salute to 35 years of Manic D Press.

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50 Years of Pegasus Books: 1969-2019
A week of special events celebrating 50 years of independent bookselling in Berkeley and Oakland. 

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45 Thought Crimes conveys a lineage of resistance and places the reader squarely in the driver's seat of their own destiny. During the Reagan and Bush years, author LynnBreedlove tried to ignore the political climate to focus on his own self destruction. When that didn’t work, he got sober and committed his life to art. After publishing his first two books and spending a career on tour, life took an unexpected turn. Breedlove spent the next decade caring and grieving for his mother, and founding / running a nonprofit to serve his LGBT community. But when the world threatens to end, the only moment that matters becomes now. Breedlove began writing this book the morning after the 2016 election, at the dawn of the coup. Newly in love and acutely aware of what was at stake, he questioned and confirmed life lessons learned, with Prince, Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and his ancestors as muses.

45 Thought Crimes is spirituality for skeptics, in the body of the beloved. It’s church at a punk show, a letter to bees, a map in a crisis, a guidebook to histories, to love in a riot. Compassionate table flipping, commitment to the tactile, a swipe at the inevitable. Arrows to roses, plowshares to swords, strangers welcomed as life flies by. It's tablature for voice, chords they said you couldn't sing, the sound of swinging at fascists while kissing the one you love.

Lynn "Lynnee" Breedlove is the author of the novel Godspeed (St Martin's), was the singer for the band Tribe 8, and writer/performer of Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show, a comic solo show on gender and the ensuing book, which won the 2010 Lambda Literary Award in the transgender category. He is the entrepreneurial founder of Homobiles, the indie non-profit startup that's a ride service for the LGBTIQQ community and its allies, which, along with his creative work, won him the 2012 Harvey Milk LGBT Club Award for Activism.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
45 Thought Crimes: New Writing Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781945665172
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Manic D Press - April 30th, 2019

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