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September 27, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In-Person: Equality Florida Back-to-School Night with Brandon J. Wolf!
Books & Books and Equality Florida present…
AN EVENING WITH BRANDON J. WOLF
(Little a, $28.99)
Wednesday, September 27th, 5:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books and Equality Florida are thrilled to present an evening with LGBTQ+ advocate and Pulse Nightclub survivor, Brandon J. Wolf discussing his moving memoir: A Place for Us: A Memoir (Little a, $28.99).
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
From one of the most vital and passionate LGBTQ+ activists comes a powerful memoir about self-discovery, community, love, and resilience in the face of adversity.
You never forget your first. First kiss. First love. First heartache. They all burrow their way into your subconscious, destined to reshape how you see the world forever.
Growing up in rural Oregon, Brandon Wolf grappled with the devastating loss of his supportive mother and with the embedded racism and homophobia of a community that made him feel like an unwelcome stranger. After the lack of connection and role models led him down a spiral of risky behavior, Wolf escaped to survive. In Orlando, he found what he’d been searching for: belonging–in a community that was a safe space with people he’d come to call his chosen family. They taught Wolf how to love, and be loved, unconditionally. Then, on June 12, 2016, in an exhilarating refuge where Wolf and hundreds of others had discovered a liberating new normal, they were suddenly challenged with fighting for a way out–in order to survive. Overnight, everything was ripped away by chaos, panic, and fear. But the unimaginable tragedy also gave Wolf a new power: purpose.
In this unforgettable coming-of-age memoir, Wolf shares his transformative journey from young outsider to galvanizing activist. Marshaling the compassion and strength of a community, Wolf explores how to get through the darkest times with healing, hope, and resistance. “With our backs against the wall,” he writes, “we find a way out together.”
About the Author:
Brandon J. Wolf is a survivor of the 2016 terror attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for LGBTQ+ civil rights and gun-safety reform. Wolf has written opinion pieces for CNN.com, Oprah Daily, USA Today, Newsweek, and Out magazine. In 2019, he became the first survivor of the tragedy at Pulse to testify before Congress. Wolf has since delivered keynote addresses at the 2022 Netroots Nation conference, NYC Pride, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Florida State University, Howard Brown, and more. He joined Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in 2019 and became a top national surrogate, doing tours in Iowa, South Carolina, Michigan, Nevada, and Florida. Wolf is a frequent contributor on MSNBC’s The ReidOut and American Voices with Alicia Menendez and serves as the press secretary for Equality Florida. For more information, visit www.brandonwolf.us.