From fashion to entertainment to art and literature, there is something in the air that seems to be taking us back to the ‘80s. Edward McCann and Richard Lowe will join Deborah Batterman in discussing the ‘80s as a cultural turning point whose relevancy seems particularly appropriate to our current cultural and political climate.
Deborah Batterman’s new novel Just Like February is framed by the passions of the 60’s and the AIDS crisis of the 80’s. At the story’s heart is young Rachel’s special relationship with her doting Uncle Jake. When she learns he’s gay, she keeps it under wraps. And when he gets sick, she doesn’t even tell her best friends, until she realizes that secrecy does more harm than good. Forced to reckon with a home broken by the stormy love between her social worker mother and her father, a Vietnam veteran, Rachel comes of age in a time of civil unrest, haunted by the realities of homophobia and AIDS.
Deborah Batterman is a prolific writer, editor and blogger who has published the short story collection Shoes Hair Nails and the essay collection Because My Name Is Mother. A Pushcart nominee, her work has been extensively anthologized in print and online. Just Like February was recently named a finalist in the American Book Fest International Book Awards.
Edward McCann is the founder and editor of 650: Where Writers Read. HIs essays have been published in national magazines and literary journals, including American Baby, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, and The Sun. An award-winning television writer/producer and longtime contributing editor at Country Living, Ed is a member of New York City based Artists Without Walls and Irish American Writers & Artists.
Richard Lowe is an internationally acclaimed fashion designer whose award-winning designs are on display in museums and galleries in the USA and Canada. His clientele and services have included Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Award winners. He is very active in philanthropy and an advocate for important causes, from Childrens’ Issues to AIDS to Equal/Gay Rights to Poverty and Economic Development. Richard is a huge supporter of the Visual and Performing Arts.