Content is of interest to LGBTQA issues and activism

Alan Semrow, author of Briefs

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Madison author Alan Semrow for a reading and booksigning from his literary collection of short stories! This collection will appeal to readers interested in LGBT themes.

Madison author Alan Semrow's work has been featured in over thirty publications. Semrow has a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Apart from writing fiction and nonfiction, he is a professional copywriter. In his free time, he likes to write music and spend time with friends.

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ISBN: 9781590216507
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Published: Lethe Press - October 23rd, 2016

Lucy Bledsoe, author of A Thin Bright Line

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is an award-winning science writer and novelist for adults and children. Her many books include The Ice Cave: A Woman’s Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic, The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica, This Wild Silence, and Working Parts. A native of Portland, Oregon, she lives in Berkeley, California.

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ISBN: 9780299309305
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - October 18th, 2016

BOOK LAUNCH for Ann Bausum, author of Stonewall

A Room of One's Own is excited and honored to host Ann Bausum for the launch of her new book for young adults and up detailing the history of Stonewall and its impact on the gay rights movement in America. 

Please consider purchasing an extra copy of the book for Room to donate to local schools, to help get this important history into the hands of young people in our community!


"That's the Stonewall.
The Stonewall Inn.
Pay attention.
History walks through that door."

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ISBN: 9780670016792
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Jacqueline Houtman, author of Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist

Jacqueline Houtman author of Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist

A Room of One's Own welcomes local author and biographer Jacqueline Houtman for a reading from her important new biography for children about one of the Civil Rights Movement's oft-overlooked heroes.

To many, the civil rights movement brings to mind protests, marches, boycotts, and freedom rides. They often think of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks. They seldom think of Bayard Rustin.

Trans Monologues and Gender Spectrum Open Mic

Purple mics with transgender symbols

A Room of One's Own is once again proud and honored partner with the UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center to host the voices of our gender-variant community! RSVP to the LGBTCC's Facebook event page for updates and further details.

Come join the Madison LGBTQA+ community at A Room Of One's Own Bookstore for this annual night of honest expression about the joys and trials of being anywhere on or off the gender-variant spectrum.

Queer Voices in Fiction and Poetry: Oliver Bendorf, Brandy Wilson and Meg Day

Oliver Bendorf
“It’s a joy to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender... Oliver Bendorf writes from a paradoxical, new-world position: the adult voice of a man who has just appeared in the world. A man emergent, a man in love, alive in the fluid instability of any category.” -Mark Doty

Oliver Bendorf is the author of The Spectral Wilderness, selected by Mark Doty for the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize. His poems have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere, and he has received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and Vermont Studio Center, and the 2013 Doug Fir Fiction Award, selected by Lidia Yuknavitch. Oliver earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now an MA candidate in Library & Information Studies.

Brandy Wilson

Set in the 1920s, The Palace Blues traces the physical and emotional journey of self-discovery and identity-a quest for place for Frankie, a white, Texas tomboy who falls for Jean Bailey, an African American, cross-dressing blues singer.

Brandy T. Wilson, author of The Palace Blues: A Novel earned her PhD at Florida State University. Her work has appeared in Robert Olen Butler’s From Where You DreamNinth LetterG.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised in theSouth, and Pank Magazine among other publications. She was a 2010 Lambda Literary Retreat Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow in fiction and was awarded three Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarships, the George M. Harper Endowment Fund Award, and the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund Finalist Award. She currently teaches writing, literature, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Memphis along with coaching and editing writers on various projects from memoir, novel, to self-help and educational literature.

Meg Day
"Meg Day writes: “At five, I pressed my lips to the grate of my grandmother’s/ Crosley, let broadcasts buzz into the pipe of my jawbone/ & learned to listen with my tongue.” And this deep listening is, indeed, what she accomplishes throughout these poems. Meg Day grapples with serious themes-illness, violence, suicide, grief- with admirable skill and approaches issues of sexual orientation, identity, and gender with a true poet’s passion, as in her tour de force, “Batter My Heart, Transgender’d God”: “Terror, do not depart/ but nest in the hollows of my loins... My knees, bring me to them; force my head to bow again. Replay the murders of my kin until my mind’s made new”... This is muscular language, worthy of its inspiration. "
--Ellen Bass

Meg Day, recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA
Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, When All You Have Is a Hammer and We Can’t Read This. A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner and 2014-2015 Steffensen-Cannon Fellow, she has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, Point Foundation, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah.

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Authors of Gay Fiction Neal Wooten and Juliann Rich Read and Sign!

A Room of One's Own is delighted to present Juliann Rich and Neal Wooten, authors of new LGBT fiction coming out this year! Come hear them read from their works and support new stories for our community.

Minnesota writer Juliann Rich is a PFLAG mom who can be found walking Pride parades with her son. She is also the daughter of evangelical Christian parents. As such she has been caught in the crossfire of the most heated topic to challenge our society and our churches today. She is drawn to stories that shed light on the conflicts that arise when sexual orientation, spirituality, family dynamics and peer relationships collide. You can read more about her journey as an author and as an affirmative mom on her blog, The Rainbow Tree.

Neal Wooten grew up on a pig farm on Sand Mountain in the northeast corner of Alabama before being dragged kicking and screaming to the snow-infested plains of the American Midwest. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, columnist for The Mountain Valley News, columnist for The Indie Times, Op-ed writer for The Walking Dead Fan Club, cartoonist, artist, and standup comedian. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and his scifi novel, Reternity, has won eight national awards and was named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011. Read more about him at


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ISBN: 9781626390706
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Published: Bold Strokes Books - June 17th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781626390553
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Published: Bold Strokes Books - April 15th, 2014

Offsite Event: Janet Mock at Union South

A Room of One's Own is honored to be a part of Janet Mock's book tour. We will be selling her incredible memoir at her UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center-organized public talk.

Janet Mock is a writer, transgender activist and the founder of the #Girlslikeus project. Her memoir, REDEFINING REALNESS: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, was published in February 2014. Her visit will include a reception and book signing, public talk and a professional development workshop exploring the navigation of journalism and corporate America as a person of color.

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ISBN: 9781476709123
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Published: Atria Books - February 4th, 2014

Callen Harty, author of My Queer Life

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Callen Harty, local author of the recently published book My Queer Life. It’s a greatest hits collection of queer writing from one of Wisconsin’s most prolific writers.

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ISBN: 9781493780709
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 28th, 2013

The UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center presents The Trans Monologues

A Room of One's Own is proud to host the Trans Monologues, sponsored and presented by the UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center!

Come join the Madison community for a night of honest expression about the joys and trials of being trans, genderqueer, MtF, FtM, butch, nelly, queenie, drag, and anywhere on or off the gender-variant spectrum.


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