Martin Patrick, the Black British novelist and 2017 Polari First Book Prize finalist, will join Victor Yates, the American 2016 Lambda Award winner for Debut Novel, in a public Reading at Manchester's Chapter One Independent Bookshop for United Pride Reading from their first novels.
Martin's first novel, Love Both Ways, published by Austin Macauley, is a love story about two recently divorced Italian and Black British fathers who meet at a support group and fall in love; which changes their families lives profoundly. Victor's novel, A Love Like Blood, won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction.
Both of these writers from Britain and America are motivated by a shared impulse to examine and explore the psychology of Black, Hispanic and European sexuality, seriously, in contemporary culture. They look at the ways mental and physical abuse shapes the lives of gay men. Even though these two authors are divided by a continient and a generation, Martin and Victor clearly understand how myth can work to alienate fathers and sons, and look at life beyond the usual cliché of racial stereotyping. Both novels in their own way, map out a world far removed from hedonistic gratifcation to explore the the lives of Black men, authentically, in ways that are seldom studied in contemporary fiction.
They will read from their novels on July 9th at Chapter One Independent Bookhop in Manchester at 2 pm.