Upcoming Events

Book Club + Mixer

July 3- THE AIR YOU BREATHE- Frances De Pontes Peebles

August 7- WHAT BELONGS TO YOU- Garth Greenwell

Sept 5- The Library Book- Susan Orlean

Oct 3- The House Of Impossible Beauties- Joseph Caesura

Oct 31 – Lie With me- Philippe Besson

Dec 5 – The Motion Of Light In Water- Samuel R. Delaney

Jan 7 – The Sparsholt Affair- Alan Hollinghurst (At PS Public Library)

Feb 6- On The Move- Oliver Sacks

March 5- Leading Men- Christopher Castellani

April 2- The Crime Writer- Jill Dawson

May 5 – Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (At PS Public Library)

 

 

 

Special Events

Book Of The Month

 

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride–and each woman’s fear that she would be nothing without the other.

Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music.

One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes–and haunt their memories.

Traveling from Brazil’s inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship–its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses–and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

 

Outbook

Outbook is an LGBTQ book club and mixer founded by local book critic and columnist J. Corbett Holmes. To join simply pick up and read our month’s selection. The join us the first Thurs of each month (unless noted) at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (formally Camelot Theatres), upstairs in the VIP Lounge. Select events are held at the Palm Springs Public Library. Mix and mingle with fellow club members at 6:00 p.m. Book discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. led Outbook co-ordinator Hubertus Zegers.

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.