Date(s) - 14/03/2018

Waterstones Brighton, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Wednesday March 14, 7.30pm

Tickets £3

Novelist Joseph Cassara and award-winning journalist and author Mathew Todd celebrate the release of Joseph’s gritty debut novel The House of Impossible Beauties, which follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and 90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza. It was inspired by Jenny Livingston’s seminal 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, which vividly captures the 80s Harlem ballroom scene (and also inspired Madonna’s legendary hit single Vogue). The film had a profound effect on Joseph when he first watched it as a young student. After years of feeling isolated by his sexuality, everything fell into place. It became a reference point he would go back to again and again over the years, the characters and their beautiful imperfections intriguing and eluding him all at the same time. Joseph and Matthew will discuss his book, this influence and the importance of Paris is Burning to today’s society.

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