On December 12, as part of the LGBT Community Center’s Second Tuesday Lecture Series, an esteemed group of gay writers will pay tribute to Mark Merlis, an award-winning novelist (“American Studies,” “An Arrow’s Flight,” “Man About Town,” “JD”) who was recognized as a modern gay master.
Merlis died in August at the age of 67 in Philadelphia from ALS-related illness. He is survived by his husband Robert Ashe.
Merlis’ peers have put together an evening of remembrances as well as readings from his works. The line-up includes:
Moderator Christopher Bram (“Father of Frankenstein,” “Hold Tight,” “In Memory of Angel Clare,” “Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America”);
Scott Heim (“Mysterious Skin,” “In Awe,” “We Disappear”);
William Johnson, the program director at the Lambda Literary Foundation;
Paul Russell (“The Salt Point,” “Sea of Tranquility,” “The Coming Storm,” “The Unreal Life of Sergey Nabokov”);
Michael Lowenthal (“The Same Embrace,” “Avoidance,” “Charity Girl,” “The Paternity Test”);
Patrick Merla (editor of “Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories,” book and magazine editor, with titles that included Christopher Street, and a leading gay publishing figure, to whom Merlis’ “JD” is dedicated in part);
Ed Sikov (“Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis,” “On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder,” “Screwball: Hollywood’s Madcap Romantic Comedies,” and Gay City News’ Media Circus columnist); and
William Sterling Walker (“Desire: Tales of New Orleans”).
The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on December 12 at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street.
Robert Ashe, Merlis’ surviving husband, will be in attendance.
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