Perfectly Queer presents James Mattson, Wayne Goodman, Lori Ostlund, and Barbara Ridley

Thursday, May 17, 7:30pm
Pegasus Books Downtown

Perfectly Queer presents a queer fiction night with James Mattson, Wayne Goodman, Lori Ostlund, and Barbara Ridley.

Visiting author James Han Mattson (The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves) reads with local authors Wayne Goodman, Lori Ostlund, and Barbara Ridley at a Perfectly Queer East Bay Plus book reading, Thursday, May 17, 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. An author signing follows the readings. Free admission, free refreshments. Door prizes at 7:30!


James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University, and the University of California – Berkeley. His first novel The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves was an Amazon Literature and Fiction Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Publishers Lunch Bookseller Pick, a Kindle First Pick, a New York Post Required Reading, and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. He currently lives in Maryland.


Wayne Goodman has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of his life (with too many cats). He and his fiancé Rick May host Perfectly Queer, a reading series which holds monthly events in San Francisco and Oakland. Goodman also hosts Queer Words, a quarterly in-conversation series. His books include Better Angels, Britain’s Glory, Fortune’s Lot, The Last Great Hope, The Seed of Immortality, and Vanya Says Go! When not writing, he enjoys playing Gilded Age parlor music on the piano, with an emphasis on women, Gay, and Black composers.



Lori Ostlund’s story collection The Bigness of the World won the Flannery O’Connor Award, the California Book Award for First Fiction, the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and was a Lambda Finalist. Stories from it appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. Her second book, After the Parade (Scribner, 2015), was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Ferro-Grumley Award. She is a teacher and lives in San Francisco with her wife and cats, though she spent her formative years in Minnesota, cat-less.


Barbara Ridley was born in England but has lived in California for over 35 years. After a successful career as a nurse practitioner, she is now focused on creative writing. Her work has appeared in journals such as Writers Workshop Review, Ars Medica, The Copperfield Review, Blood and Thunder, and Stoneboat. Her debut novel When It’s Over (She Writes Press, 2017) is set in Europe during World War Two and is based on her mother’s story as a Holocaust refugee. Barbara can be followed at

Event date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781503942479
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Published: Little a - December 2017

Fortune's Lot: A Retelling of Francis Lathom's Live and Learn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998900711
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Published: Wayne Goodman - February 22nd, 2018

After the Parade: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476790114
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Published: Scribner - July 26th, 2016

When It's Over Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631522963
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Published: She Writes Press - September 26th, 2017

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