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October 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In Person: An Evening with Elyssa Maxx Goodman & Julio Capó


October 7, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Julio Capó


Glitter and Concrete: A Cultural History of Drag in New York City

(Hanover Square Press, $32.99)

Saturday, October 7th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Elyssa Maxx Goodman for her captivating book: Glitter and Concrete: A Cultural History of Drag in New York City(Hanover Square Press, $32.99). She will be in conversation with Julio Capó.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

“Deeply researched and featuring a cast of characters who can truly be described as fabulous, Glitter and Concrete is urban history on fire.” —Thomas Dyja, author of New York, New York, New York.

An intimate, evocative history of drag in New York City exploring its dynamic role, from the Jazz Age to Drag Race, in queer liberation and urban life

From the lush feather boas that adorned early female impersonators to the sequined lip syncs of barroom queens to the drag kings that have us laughing in stitches, drag has played a vital role in the creative life of New York City. But the evolution of drag in the city–as an art form, a community and a mode of liberation–has never before been fully chronicled.

Now, for the first time, journalist and drag historian Elyssa Maxx Goodman unearths the dramatic, provocative untold story of drag in New York City in all its glistening glory. Goodman ducks beneath the velvet ropes of Harlem Renaissance balls, examines drag’s crucial role in the Stonewall Uprising, traces drag’s influence on disco and punk rock as well as its unifying power during the AIDS crisis and 9/11, and culminates in the era of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Informed by meticulous research and archival work, as well as original interviews with high-profile performers, Glitter and Concrete is a significant contribution to queer history and an essential read for anyone curious about the story that echoes beneath the heels.


About the Author:

Elyssa Maxx Goodman is a New York-based writer and photographer specializing in non-fiction writing and documentary photography.

Her first book, Glitter and Concrete: A Cultural History of Drag in New York City, will be published on September 12, 2023 by Hanover Square Press and it is now available for pre-order.

She is represented by Melissa Danaczko at Stuart Krichevsky Agency. Her writing and photography have been published in Vogue, Vanity Fair, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New Yorker, them., InsideHook, Artforum, Elle, VICE, New York, i-D, and many others. She’s also the host and curator of the Miss Manhattan Non-Fiction Reading Series.

She likes wearing leopard print and red lipstick, often at the same time.

About the Moderator:

Julio Capó, Jr. is Associate Professor of History and Deputy Director of the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University. He is the award-winning author of the book Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940 and curator of the Queer Miami: A History of LGBTQ Communities exhibition at HistoryMiami Museum.