Upcoming Events

Book Club + Mixer

Jan 02-  THE STRANGER GAME- Peter Gadol

Feb 06-  DESERT BOYS- Chris Mc Cormick

March 6- I CAN’T DATE JESUS- Michael Arceneaux

April 3- AMATEUR: A TRUE STORY ABOUT WHAT MAKES A MAN- Michael Page McBee

May 1- THE END OF EDDY- Louis Edouard

June 5- THE GREAT BELIEVERS- Rebecca Makkai

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

August 7- WHAT BELONGS TO YOU- Garth Greenwell

Special Events

Book Of The Month

Rebecca’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Ezra has gone missing, but when she notifies the police they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real-life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense, and disappearances are reported across the country.

Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might be able to track down Ezra, Rebecca tries the game for herself. She also meets Carey, a player willing to take the game further than she imagined possible. As her relationship with Carey and involvement in the game deepen, she begins to uncover an unsettling subculture that has infiltrated the world around her. In playing the stranger game, what may lead her closer to finding Ezra may lead her further and further from the life she once lived.

A thought-provoking, haunting novel, The Stranger Gameunearths the connections, both imagined and real, that we build with the people around us in the physical and digital world, and where the boundaries blur between them.

The Stranger Game is a sharp-toothed commentary on the ways in which Ôfollowing’ can foster a pretense of intimacy between strangers, and how the falsity of this intimacy—its utter lack of substance—often creates a perilous hunger for more: more access, more communion, more knowledge. It’s also a fun, moody, twisty thriller, with a sun-touched, West Coast vibe…as much Joan Didion as Patricia Highsmith.” —Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins 

 

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.