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Author George Hodgman to Speak at FCC St. Joseph

  • First Christian Church 927 Faraon Street Saint Joseph, MO, 64501 United States (map)

George Hodgman, NY Times best-selling author, will speak at First Christian Church, St. Joseph on Nov. 11 about his book "Bettyville."  This memoir focuses on Hodgman's experiences growing up gay in Missouri, experiencing the AIDS crisis in New York City in the 1980's, and his return home to Paris, Missouri to care for his elderly mother.  Author Alison Bechdel says of the text: β€œThe idea of a cultured gay man leaving New York City to care for his aging mother in Paris, Missouri, is already funny, and George Hodgman reaps that humor with great charm. But then he plunges deep, examining the warm yet fraught relationship between mother and son with profound insight and understanding.” This event will be held at the church (927 Faraon St.) at 7pm, with a reception following hosted by the local PFLAG chapter. Hodgman's appearance is a joint effort with Missouri Western University departments of English, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work, MWSU Pride Alliance and First Christian Church, St. Joseph.