Thursday, October 28, 2010

"What Is a Gay Book?"

by Maurice Michaane

"What Is a Gay Book?" by David Pratt (Bob the Book)

I recently attended an Alumni event for Hamilton College where I met author and fellow alum, David Pratt. Upon a meaningful conversation, I was intrigued to read his new book, "Bob the Book." Although one might be thrown off by the title, Pratt's work is to the point and sort of reminds me of the movie Trick, where a young gay male is searching for the right "boi". It reads smoothly, but has a lot of allusions not easily picked up by the naked mind!!

The narrative is funny, poignant, lovable, and a great read! I had an instant attraction to the main protagonist, Bob the Book. All walks of life, gay or straight, will instantly connect with Bob and the story he tells. By using a book to talk about life, Pratt transcends the normal everyday boundaries we lock ourselves into. Art does imitate life in this book. As we have seen over the past several weeks, gay teen suicides have been on the rise, and Bob deals with issues of bullying and intimidation. Growing pains, relationships or just life issues in general, Bob deals with an assortment of issues and the book has it all.

According to the publisher "David Pratt, whose new book 'Bob the Book' is an original and fanciful tale of same-sex attraction among books in a bookstore, discusses gay literature inside and out with Christopher Bram, author of Gods and Monsters."

If you would like to know more/meet the author, then attend the Author Discussion/Book Signing with David Pratt:
Wednesday November 03, 2010 7:00 PM
@ Barnes & Nobles - 82nd & Broadway

1 comment:

  1. Aw shucks, Mo. Thanks so much. I hoped people would find Bob to be about all "life issues," as well as plenty of queer issues. And some very cool things start to happen when your characters are books. That's what allows the exploration. Any anyone who can't make the B&N reading 11/3 @ 7 (B'way & 82 St store), Bob is happy to leap into your arms from Amazon, TLAgay or B&N online.