East City Bookshop presents John Glynn for a conversation about his first book, Out East, with Brock Thompson. The book talk will be followed by a Q&A and signing. This event is free and open to the public.
A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house–a debut memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family.
They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land jutting into the Atlantic. The house was a ramshackle split-level set on a hill, and each summer thirty one people would sleep between its thin walls and shag carpets. Against the moonlight the house’s octagonal roof resembled a bee’s nest. It was dubbed The Hive.
In 2013, John Glynn joined the share house. Packing his duffel for that first Memorial Day Weekend, he prayed for clarity. At 27, he was crippled by an all-encompassing loneliness, a feeling he had carried in his heart for as long as he could remember. John didn’t understand the loneliness. He just knew it was there. Like the moon gone dark.
OUT EAST is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive and the people who lived in it, and John’s own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their twenties and beyond. Blending the sand-strewn milieu of George Howe Colt’s The Big House, the radiant aching of Olivia Liang’s The Lonely City, OUT EAST is a keenly wrought story of love and transformation, longing and escape in our own contemporary moment.
John Glynn is an editor at Hanover Square Press, an imprint of HarperCollins. He grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and lives in New York City. Out East is his first book.
An Arkansas native, Brock Thompson has called Washington, DC, his home for over thirteen years. For over five years, Brock organized poetry and literature events at the Library of Congress. While at the Library, Brock was chair of GLOBE, the Library's gay and lesbian employee association. During his tenure as chair, he initiated and the LGBT Rare Book Fund. Prior to arriving in Washington, he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from King’s College, University of London. Following that, he published his first book, The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South, a one-of-a-kind study of gay and lesbian life in Arkansas in the 20th century. Brock currently writes a regular opinion column for the Washington Blade.