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NYC: Join us Tonight (Thurs 11-19) All-GALA Dinner & Readings at People (163 Allen St)
written by Natasha, 7/30/13 11:00am
edited by Natasha, 11/19/15 11:25am

Thurs, 11-19 6:30 - 9:30 PM With Katherine Gleason's (Yale *85), dazzling presentation on Victorian Steampunk, Victor Bevine (Yale Theater studies), reading from "Certainty") & Debra Hyde. For $30 dinner cost visit:

Join us for a fun All-GALA Dinner (Casual) and 3 Readings at People -- We have the Whole Restaurant for the event!

People serves Pan-Asian food.  We will have an hour of passed appetizers, a presentation by Katherine Gleason (Brown, Yale *85) on Steampunk Style and readings by Victor Bevine (Yale '76 Theater Studies) and Debra Hyde (Charlotte Olms mystery series), followed by a buffet dinner, light dessert and coffee at this friendly event.

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 - 9:00 PM (NOT Wed 11-18)

Passed appetizers 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Program upstairs at 7:30 PM 
Buffet dinner served downstairs about 8:30 PM, followed by coffee & light dessert

Program participants:

1. Katherine Gleason (Brown, Yale *85): A longtime admirer of steampunk style, Katherine Gleason is the author of more than thirty books, including "Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism," a coffee-table book that explores the glamour and creativity of steampunk practitioners from around the globe. The book honors the individuals who have built the steampunk movement and is packed with more than 200 color photos and descriptions of designers, musicians, artists, and enthusiasts. The book also includes ten DIY projects so readers can participate—and get steamy! In addition to writing about steampunk, Katherine has written on many other topics—from art to origami, from archeology to witchcraft. She is also the author of "Alexander McQueen: Evolution," a coffee-table book on the late designer’s runway shows, and her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals.

2. Victor Bevine (Yale '76 Theatre Studies): Victor has worn many hats throughout his long life and career, but whatever the hat, he has fundamentally always been a storyteller.  As a successful actor for over 30 years, Victor has appeared on the large and small screens and both on and off-Bway, and in regional theatre. He has directed (and written) theatre and film, and has taught storytelling to literally thousands of young people in NY and Los Angeles.  As a leading audiobook narrator, Victor has given voice to over 250 books, including the best-selling 35 volume "Legend of Drizzt" series, by R.A. Salvatore.  "Certainty," a story of identity, redemption and most of all, love, is his first novel. When you're fighting an injustice, can it be wrong to do what's right? Based on real-life events, "Certainty" recalls a war-torn ear when the line between right and wrong became dangerously blurred

3. Debra Hyde: For nearly twenty years Debra Hyde penned fiction that spanned the spectra of orientation and proclivities as part of a sex radical community of writers. Her short fiction and nonfiction appeared in several Lambda Literary Award-winning anthologies. She now pens the newly released The Charlotte Olmes Mystery Series, which chronicles the crime-solving adventures of Charlotte Olmes and Joanna Wilson. Yes, the famous Holmes and Watson cohorts are reimagined as a lesbians living in Gilded Age New York City - and unlike their male predecessors, Olmes and Wilson are not prudish celibates. Outside of writing, Debra loves the great outdoors, big cities and rural wildernesses, travel, general geekery, and beloved pets. Blessed with two grown children and an extended family of loved ones, she lives in north-central Connecticut.

Cost: $30 in advance through PayPal (by Noon day of event), $40 cash at the door  

Includes mixer, appetizers, dinner and coffee with a light dessert.  Cash bar. 
(Princeton students with valid student ID pay $0 at the door. FFR/Princeton BTGALA donates $30/student)

RSVP Appreciated:
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The $30 pre-paid rate is available until Noon on Thursday, November 19.
The cost to pay at the door is $40.  

The last 2 dinners at People have brought out a great mix of 50% women and 50% men.

People is at 163 Allen Street, NYC.

Thanks to Shawn Cowls of FFR/Princeton BTGALA for organizing this event!
Co-hosted by

  • Natasha, Yale GALA
  • Diana, FFR/Princeton BTGALA 
  • Michael Sonberg, Harvard GSC
  • Dan Welden, the NYU LGBTQ Alumni Network
  • Brendan Connell, Dartmouth GALA 
  • Ryan Grubbs, Brown TBGALA

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