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An Evening with Joseph Cassara - Brighton

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Join novelist Joseph Cassara and award winning journalist and author Mathew Todd to celebrate the release of Joseph’s gritty and gorgeous debut novel The House of Impossible Beauties, which was inspired by Jenny Livingston’s seminal 1990 documentary Paris is Burning

The House of Impossible Beauties has been named a "most anticipated novel of 2018" by Buzzfeed (Oneworld), it follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 1980s and ’90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza.

Paris is Burning vividly captures the 80s Harlem ballroom scene (and also inspired Madonna’s legendary hit single ‘Vogue’). The film had a profound effect on Joseph when he first watched it as a young student. After years of feeling isolated by his sexuality, everything fell into place. It became a reference point he would go back to again and again over the years, the characters and their beautiful imperfections intriguing and eluding him all at the same time.

Joseph and Matthew will discuss his book, this influence, and the importance of Paris is Burning (selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 2016) to today's society.

Tickets are £3 and books will be available to purchase at the event.

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