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Seattle Homecoming: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s Sketchtasy

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welcome Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore back from her cross-country tour on Feb. 21st, 7 pm at Elliot Bay Book Company and celebrate the release of her new novel SKETCHTASY!

Reading with signing to follow. Free & open to the public.

Set in Boston, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s SKETCHTASY takes place in that late-night moment when everything comes together, and everything falls apart—it’s an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about the perils of queer world-making in the mid-‘90s.


“Every sentence in Sketchtasy is a living thing, fierce and funny and a little bit dangerous—a voice made of coke dust and club lights, cut with crackling insight… Nobody writes like Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore—most writers wouldn’t dare try.” —Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

“Reading this was like a night of stealing other people’s drinks, or a much-needed slap to the face, or a little of both. Bold, glittering, wise, fun, the novel as found poem alive in the mouth of this truth-telling queen, making her way through a wasteland of other people’s lies (and a few of her own), and looking for something near paradise. Follow her and live.” —Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

“Sketchtasy is a vivid masterpiece that rivals the likes of Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. It’s dangerous, hilarious, scary and trancendentally beautiful. Sycamore’s prose is so searing, you might want to read it with sunglasses.” —Jake Shears, musician, actor, and author of Boys Keep Swinging

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MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE is the award-winning author of a memoir and three novels, and the editor of five non-fiction anthologies. Her memoir The End of San Francisco won a Lambda Literary Award, and her previous book, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Mattilda lives in Seattle, WA. Find her online at

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