Upcoming Events

Book Club + Mixer

Nov 07- CONFESSIONS OF THE FOX- Jordy Rosenberg

Dec 05- THE RULES DO NOT APPLY- Ariel Levy

Jan 02-  THE STRANGER GAME- Peter Gadol

Feb 06-  DESERT BOYS- Chris Mc Cormick

Special Events

Sept 19  5:15 p.m. WE THE ANIMALS- Screening + Discussion
Meet in the Palm Springs Cultural Center lobby at 5:00 p.m. for the 5:15 screening of WE THE ANIMALS. Then pop-upstairs for a mixer + discussion of the book – turned – film.

Book Of The Month

Outbook Book Club- A Little LifeJoin us Oct 3, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. for A LITTLE LIFE- Hanya Yanagihara

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

 

Outbook

Outbook is an LGBTQ book club and mixer! To join simply pick up and read our month’s selection. The join us the first Wed of each month at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formally Camelot Theatres), upstairs in the VIP Lounge.  Mix and mingle with fellow club members at 6:00 p.m. Book discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. led by local book critic and columnist J. Corbett Holmes.

Borrow/ Buy

Outbook is supported by the Palm Springs Public Library; hardcopy; audio and ebooks are available through the library to borrow- first come, first served, as well as for purchase at book stores and online booksellers.

About

Outbook connects the LGBTQ community, and celebrates the joy and tradition of sharing our stories. It is a Palm Springs Cultural Center program in partnership with the Palm Springs Public Library, this monthly book club highlights a mix of LGBTQ new releases and influential classics.

James C. Holmes

“Although I now live in a coveted vacation destination, books have always been my favorite go to getaway”, says Jim Holmes, the founder of OutBook and former book reviewer at Desert Outlook Magazine. “And like a wonderful vacation, books are often better when shared.”  Holmes began his career designing for several New York and Los Angeles fashion houses—eventually breaking out on his own for several years before joining the design team at iconic toy manufacturer, Mattel.  “Yessss, it’s true…I used to design clothes for Barbie,” Holmes jokes. “To be sure, the gayest job I’ve ever had!” For nearly two decades Holmes worked in design on both the toy and licensing side—creating products for famed brands like Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Monster High, as well as collaborations with brands like Forever 21 and The Andy Warhol Foundation, to name a few. To expand his creative outlets, Holmes began writing and for many years penned the syndicated lifestyle column, Shavings from My Head–shiny thoughts from a bald guy. “I was once dubbed ‘the Fairy Bradshaw of West Hollywood’”, Holmes boasts with a snicker. “Creative people are observers. Whether you’re a writer or a designer….we notice everything. I just wrote about it publically.” The writing outlet eventually led to HomeBoy, “an L. A. based, gay-boy lifestyle column”, becoming the catalyst for Holmes to start his first book club. For the past five years, Holmes has written for Desert Outlook Magazine—reporting on a myriad of topics from fashion to current events—his desires eventually driving him to write about his favorite thing: books. After gathering support from The Palm Springs Public Library, Holmes joined forces with The Palm Springs Cultural Center to create the OutBook Book Club. “I wanted to create a social space for LGBTQ people to read and discuss current LGBTQ books and authors”, says Holmes.