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April 16, 2012

San Francisco -- Two programs in May will feature authors of new books that detail stories of queer lives through biography and memoir. The authors, Amy Sueyoshi and Chana Wilson, will sign their books following readings and discussion; copies will be available for purchase. The two evening events take place at The GLBT History Museum at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco's Castro District. Admission is $5.00 (donation). For more information, call (415) 621-1107 or visit

Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi
Wednesday, May 2
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Amy Sueyoshi presents her new book tracing the astonishing life of Japanese writer Yone Noguchi (1875-1947), who carried on an affair with San Francisco novelist Charles Warren Stoddard at the same time that he was fathering a child with an American woman and promising marriage to another woman in Japan and two in the United States. Published by the University of Hawaii Press, Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi came out at the end of March.

As the publisher notes, "Noguchi's intimacies point to little-known realities of race and sexuality in turn-of-the-century America and illuminate how Asian immigrants negotiated America's literary and arts community. As Noguchi maneuvered through cultural and linguistic differences, his affairs ... assert how Japanese in America could forge romantic fulfillment during a period historians describe as one of extreme sexual deprivation and discrimination for Asians, particularly in California."

Sueyoshi is an associate professor of race and resistance studies and sexuality studies at San Francisco State University and is co-curator of "Our Vast Queer Past," the current exhibition in the main gallery of The GLBT History Museum.

Riding Fury Home: A Memoir by Chana Wilson
Tuesday, May 8
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Chana Wilson discusses and reads from Riding Fury Home, her memoir of her lesbian mother, the persecution her mother faced in the 1950s and 1960s, and her own and her mother's coming out in the 1970s. The book was released in April by Seal Press, a publisher of books by and for women that is based in Berkeley, Calif.

According to the publisher, "In 1958, when Chana Wilson was seven, her mother held a rifle to her own head and pulled the trigger. The gun jammed and she was taken away to a mental hospital. It would be many years before [Chana] learned the secret of her mother's anguish: her love affair with another married woman, and the psychiatric treatment aimed at curing her of her lesbianism. Riding Fury Home spans 40 years of the intense, complex relationship between Chana and her mother -- the trauma of their early years together, the transformation and joy they found when they both came out in the 1970s."

Wilson is a psychotherapist and a former radio producer and television engineer. She lives with her wife in Oakland, Calif.