HQ 76.3/New England News

THE NEWSLETTER OF HQ76.3/NEW ENGLAND
LESBIAN, GAY AND BISEXUAL LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY STAFF

Vol. 3 No. 8
September, 1995

Thanks again to John DeSantis and Eric Esau for their wonderful hospitality at our second annual waterfall view/potluck in Western Massachusetts.

Our SECOND ANNUAL YARD SALE on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 will be held at the home of Alice Abraham. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Please contact Alice if you have items to donate: alice_abraham@wgbh.org. Rain date will be Sunday, October 1. PLEASE STOP BY AND BUY!

OUR NEXT GET-TOGETHER (not a business meeting) will be on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 at 6:30 p.m. - which just happens to be eve of Coming Out Day - at the Delhi Darbar restaurant at 24 Holyoke Street in Harvard Square. No agenda - just gastronomic fun.

We are actively seeking your input to help make this organization one in which members can be actively involved in projects or programs. Please contact Martha Stone at: stone@medex.mgh.harvard.edu with your ideas.

DATES TO SAVE

HQ at the Huntington! Are you interested in an evening of thoughtful, well-acted theatre? The Huntington Theatre Company will be presenting Horton Foote's Pulitzer Prize winning Young Man from Atlanta from October 20 to November 19. The plot revolves around the title character's coming out to the family of his lover. If you'd like to attend, please contact Michael Wofsey at: W1_walpccen@nelinet.org (put Michael's name on the subject line) with preferred dates. The Boston production will be presented on Broadway in the Spring of '96.

Boston's annual Human Rights Campaign Fund Dinner will be held at the Hynes Convention Center on Saturday, October 21.

GERBER-HART HOME PAGE

The Gerber/Hart Gay & Lesbian Library & Archives has launched its own World Wide Web home page in a continuing effort to make its library and archival materials more accessible to the public. The new WWW home page address for the Midwest's largest gay and lesbian library, archive and cultural center is:

http://dial.illinois.net/~ghla/brochure.html

Gerber/Hart's home page will feature information about Gerber/Hart and its collections. Included on the home page are Gerber/Hart's hours, information about its collecting policies, and information about upcoming Gerber/Hart sponsored cultural events and art exhibitions. Other community events will be added as appropriate.
Gerber/Hart can be reached via electronic mail at:

GHLA@DIAL.ILLINOIS.NET

"Establishing our own home page is an important step in our efforts to reach out to the gay and nongay public," said Gerber/Hart Vice President of Operations, Tom Jevec. "Our collections include items from all over the Midwest, yet travel to our northside location is not always possible or convenient for all our patrons. The home page will allow people to learn about our facility, and by asking questions via electronic mail potential patrons can decide whether a visit is necessary." Gerber/Hart's online catalog, which will eventually also be accessible via the Internet, is scheduled to be up and running at the end of 1995 or in early 1996, when Gerber/Hart will celebrate its 15th Anniversary.

Founded in 1981, Gerber/Hart Library & Archives is a lesbian and gay library, archives, and cultural center. Gerber/Hart's library has nearly 10,000 books, including an extensive reference section, materials for children and young adults, books on AIDS/HIV, biographies of famous gay/lesbian/bisexual people, plays, poetry, and large fiction and nonfiction sections. Thousands of periodicals round out the library's collection. The Gerber/Hart archives includes official papers and documents, buttons, banners, posters, paintings, important books and magazines, film, and other items documenting the history of the Midwest's gay/lesbian/bisexual people and organizations.

Gerber/Hart is located at 3352 N. Paulina, 1/2 block south of the Paulina El Stop on the Ravenswood Line. For more information or to receive a membership brochure, call (312) 883-3003, fax to (312) 883-3078, or send e-mail to GHLA@DIAL.ILLINOIS.NET.

(from GAY-LIBN Listserv, 7/13/95)

PURPLE PROSE

"Absolutely the best - I loved it!" exclaimed Moonyean Carlton. Quite a recommendation for Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community by Elizabeth Kennedy and Madeline Davis (Routledge, 1993).

Martha Stone recommends The Violet Quill Reader, edited by David Bergman (St. Martin's Press, 1994). In particular, the journal entries by Felice Picano from the late '70's and Michael Grumley from the late '80's provide fascinating glimpses into New York's gay literati. Also highly recommended is Dorothy Allison's just-released Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (Dutton, 1995), a hard edged and entirely unsentimental memoir, written as a companion to Bastard out of Carolina.

Terrence McNally's latest two plays - Love! Valour! Compassion! and A Perfect Ganesh (Plume, 1995) are recommended with some reservations by Michael Wofsey. "[The former] was less wonderful on the page than in the dream production in New York; [the latter] reads quite well.

Your recommendations for Purple Prose are solicited - please contact Martha.

CONDOLENCES

Our sympathies to Alice Abraham whose father died on August 29.

IN THE NEWS

The August 20 issue of the Sunday Globe quoted Ann Collins of the Brookline Public Library, who will be training other librarians and patrons there on the use of the Internet.

Martha Stone's Selective Bibliograpy for Lesbian Readers, nine pages in length, is now available from the American Library Association's Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Task Force. Cost is only $3.00 per copy; make your checks payable to GLBTF and send to:
GLBTF Clearinghouse, ALA Office for Library Outreach Services, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

Glynys Thomas reported that she donated several boxes of new children's books to the Taylor School in Mattapan for their literacy program. She hopes that if any of our libraries receive unusable duplicates, that we consider donating to such a program.