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Thursday, June 15 2023

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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About RJ, Farrah and Me: A Young Man’s Gay Odyssey From the Inside Out: The year is 1976. Gerald Ford was ruling, the Bicentennial was blaring, Farrah Fawcett was flying and two Ohio boys were cavorting. Jack is an only child growing up in Cleveland and by the time he is seven, he knows he’s different. The one constant in his young life is friendship and when Jack meets RJ the two find solace and discovery in one another. From their mutual obsession for Charlie’s Angel and pin-up girl Farrah Fawcett to exploring their sexuality one humid, summer night, they embark on a journey that forces Jack to grapple with his strict Catholic upbringing and an emerging, yet conflicted awareness that he is gay.

Set against the backdrop of the disco dance era, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, sun-kissed lifeguards, high school musicals and college fraternity hijinks, Jack’s pursuit of anything-but-gay personas leads to humor and heartache with people who help and thwart him. Ever resilient, he navigates an uncertain future on the path to self-discovery in his quest for a happy, Technicolor ending. Purchase the book. In Northeast Ohio, it is available at The Bookshop in Lakewood and Appletree Books, in Cleveland Heights. Call in advance to ensure it is in stock.

About Jack Hilovsky '86: Hilovsky is an actor, writer, and community builder. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he earned his B.A. in political science at John Carroll University and completed a Master's at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he settled post college after spending one year there with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Following a fellowship with the federal government at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, he returned to Seattle where he held positions in public health, community development and arts administration before deciding to dedicate more time to write. His previous published writing includes Jack’s Take, a monthly column about living in the city that appeared in Seattle’s neighborhood weekly Capitol Hill Times, and a monthly column for ’Mo magazine, an LGBT periodical. He also shares personal insights in On the Road with Jack, a blog about his spiritual journey and life observations. Jack makes his home in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill. His day job is at UW (University of Washington) Medicine in a behavioral research center in the department of Psychiatry.