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Mutuality in El Barrio Book Launch

Monday, May 20, 2024

6:00 p.m.

Church of St. Ignatius Loyola

980 Park Avenue, Wallace Hall

New York, NY 10028

Join us to celebrate the publication of "Mutuality in El Barrio: Stories of the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service". Panelists include Carey Kasten, Brenna Moore, Melina Gonzalez, and Norma Benítez Sánchez.

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Long List, VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

Winner, 2023 Best Indie Book Award, LGBTQ2 Fiction

Roger Moorhouse is a Wall Street banker and Westchester family man with a preciously guarded secret. As the shouting begins and flashlights blaze in his face, the life he’s carefully curated over the years—a fancy new office overlooking lower Broadway, a house in Beechmont Woods, his wife and children—is about to come crashing down around him.

Columbia literature professor Julian Prince lives a comparatively uncloseted life when he finds his first committed relationship tested to its limits. How could he explain to Gus, a fearless young artist, that he couldn’t stay with him that weekend because the woman who was still technically Julian’s fiancée would be visiting? But when Gus is struck unconscious by a police baton, Julian comes out of hiding to protect him, even if exposure means losing everything.

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Twenty-five years ago, Mark D. Jordan published his landmark book on the invention and early history of the category “sodomy,” one that helped to decriminalize certain sexual acts in the United States and to remove the word sodomy from the updated version of a standard English translation of the Christian Bible. In Queer Callings, Jordan extends the same kind of illuminating critical analysis to present uses of “identity” with regard to sexual difference. While the stakes might not seem as high, he acknowledges, his newest history of sexuality is just as vital to a better present and future.

Winner, Victorian Society in America Book Award

Winner, 2024 Publication Prize, FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

Jacob Wrey Mould is not a name that readily comes to mind when we think of New York City archi­tecture. Yet he was one-third of the party responsible for the early development of the city’s Central Park. To this day, his sculptural reliefs, tile work, and structures in the Park enthrall visitors. Mould introduced High Victorian architecture to NYC, his fingerprint most pronounced in his striking and colorful ornamental designs and beautiful embellishments found in the carved decorations and mosaics at the Bethesda Terrace. Resurfacing the forgotten contributions of Mould, Hell on Color, Sweet on Song presents a study of this nineteenth-century American architect and musical genius.

Winner, SLSA Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize

Shortlisted, The Hart–SLSA Book Prize

Spectacles and Specters draws on theories of performativity to conceptualize the entanglements of law and political violence, offering a radical departure from accounts that consider political trials as instrumental in exercising or containing political violence. Legal scholar Başak Ertür argues instead that making sense of the often incalculable interpenetrations of law, politics, and violence in trials requires shifting the focus away from law’s instrumentality to its performativity.