My Story Book Club

I’m excited and honored that What They Always Tell Us is the first pick of My Story Book Club, which is being launched this month by Lambda Literary. My Story Book Club is an offshoot of another great Lambda endeavor, LGBT Writers in Schools, and is “a place where LGBT youth and their supporters can read a story like their own and participate in an open discussion with like-minded readers.” Again, I’m honored to be a part of what will prove to be a great resource for LGBT youth.

You can also, most importantly, donate a copy of the book! My Story has partnered with Skylight Books in Los Angeles, and for a flat fee of $20, Skylight will buy a My Story selection and will donate it to a community center, high school, or nonprofit organization that is building its own LGBT library. More information about donating, and about My Story, can be found here.

Anyway, all this month, teens (and others) will be reading What They Always Tell Us, and then there will be an online discussion on Good Reads on May 30 at 8pm EST. Please, spread the word. After my book, there will be a book a month from here on out. You can find the upcoming schedule on the main web site. A lot of great stuff to come. You can also join the My Story discussion on Good Reads here. There’s even a Flash Fiction contest—check it out!

Finally, here’s a cool video of a 5-question “Proustian” questionnaire I did for My Story. But I’ll also paste the interview below.

Hope to see you on May 30. Happy reading!


Five Questions for My Story

Who is your favorite fictional character?

I’m not very original, but there are few characters as winning and as appealing as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Second pick: The entire Tull family in Anne Tyler’s Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

If stranded on an island with one book, what would it be?

Probably something really long that I’ve never found the time to read—like Anna Karenina or War and Peace. Or, choosing something from a favorite writer, Selected Stories by Alice Munro.

A book you think all lgbt youth should read?

I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip. by John Donovan. The first gay YA novel ever written. Sure, it’s slightly dated, but it’s still a wonderful, lovely novel about finding your way in the world.

Which character do you admire most in What They Always Tell Us?

Gosh, I love all of my characters! (Well, not all, but most. I’m looking at you, Tyler!) It’s impossible for me to choose between James and Alex, so let’s just say I admire Nathen the most—for his self-assurance and for his kindness. He really is a sweetheart, and a hero.

What person in history would you like to have been?

Such a tough question! Maybe Jesus, so I could tell people, without any doubt, that I love everyone—including gay people? Maybe the son of someone insanely wealthy like J. P. Morgan so I could stay at home all day and write and never worry about bills? Or maybe Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon? Cleopatra? Ha. When all is said and done, I’m happy to be who I am, living when I am.


3 Responses to “My Story Book Club”

  1. Naomi J. Williams Says:

    Congratulations, Martin. I’m so thrilled that your wonderful book is going to find even more readers. And I love the mini-interview at the end — so charming!

  2. Ellis Says:

    Sounds like a great program with Lambda. I hope it reaches a lot of young people! Nice interview.

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