9th Ave: Julian Carter with Matthew Clark Davison

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location.

Cover of Julian Carter's book Dances of Time and Tenderness. The cover is white with a pencil drawing of a metal chain sweeping the right edge of the cover.
Join us on Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm PT for the launch of Julian Carter's Dances of Time and Tenderness with Matthew Clark Davison at 9th Ave!

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Praise for Dances of Time and Tenderness
"In this new book, equal parts tender and bold, Carter activates touch as mode of trans worldmaking. Across bodies, human and otherwise, this book enacts an inter-generational praxis of intimacy and care, inviting us to form new erotic connections with our transcestors in the service of a world to come. Sexy, sensual, and smart, this work bubbles over with Carter’s effusive spirit."—Juana María Rodríguez

"Julian Carter has an eye for exquisite detail: a stitch, a step, a glance, a touch, a trace upon a page—all enchained, entrained in lyric vignettes to sketch a history transmitted intimately, across the queer and trans generations, inviting us to dance with him across the folds of time."—Susan Stryker

About Dances of Time and Tenderness
A cycle of stories linking queer memory, activism, death, and art in a transpoetic history of desire and touch.

Dances of Time and Tenderness is a bold, sensual account of what Julian Carter calls “the trans promise: what we do with our bodies changes worlds.” With delicate drawings of chains linking the dungeons of 1990s San Francisco to medieval catacombs, AIDS funerals, and Tennessee truckstops, Carter proposes intimacy as a technology of history. Here, historians and artists, students and lovers, sailors and skeletons join across deep time in a transgenderational lineage of queer carnality as culture, inviting us to enter a gorgeously complex, formally precise choreography of sweetness, rage and sorrow—“this is not a memoir, it’s collective memory.”

About Julian Carter
Julian Carter
has been thinking with his body for a very long time. He is the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Normal Sexuality and Race in America, 1890-1940 as well as numerous critical essays exploring how embodied identities are developed, communicated, contested, and lived in cultural productions ranging from vintage public health pamphlets to postmodern dance performance. He teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

About Matthew Clark Davison
Matthew Clark Davison
 is a writer and educator living in San Francisco. He earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where he now teaches full-time. His prose has been recently anthologized in Empty The Pews and 580-Split, and published in GuernicaThe Atlantic Monthly, Foglifter, Lumina Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Per Contra, Educe, and others; and has been recognized with a Creative Work Grant, (Inaugural Awardee/San Francisco State University), Cultural Equities Grant (San Francisco Arts Commission), the Clark Gross Award for a Novel-in-Progress, and a Stonewall Alumni Award.

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Dances of Time and Tenderness By Julian Carter Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781643622347
Availability: Coming Soon. Pre-Order Now!
Published: Nightboat Books - June 4th, 2024

A cycle of stories linking queer memory, activism, death, and art in a transpoetic history of desire and touch.



Doubting Thomas: A Novel By Matthew Clark Davison Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612941998
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Published: Bywater Books - June 8th, 2021

Thomas McGurrin is a fourth-grade teacher and openly gay man at a private primary school serving Portland, Oregon's wealthy progressive elite when he is falsely accused of inappropriately touching a male student. The accusation comes just as Thomas is thrust back into the center of his unusual family by his younger brother's battle with cancer.


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