Greg Martin’s father tried to kill himself. The reason? To hide a secret he’d hidden from his family for decades.
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Book-It Repertory Theatre presents staged readings from Stories for Boys, adapted and directed by Laura Ferri. Author Gregory Martin joins Ferri and cast for a post-performance discussion as part of Seattle Reads. You can download the podcast at the Seattle Public Library.
Gregory Martin discusses his book Stories for Boys, the 2013 Seattle Reads pick, with readers at the Northeast Branch. You can download the podcast at the Seattle Public Library.
Gregory Martin on Author Magazine with William Kenower talking about his memoir Stories for Boys chosen by Seattle Reads.
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Gregory Martin’s Stories for Boys included in Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller List for Paperback Nonfiction!
This is a book that works like the mind itself in a state of trauma, attacking its focal point from all angles, then circling around to try again. In the course of this dance, Stories for Boys becomes a tale of anger and sadness, confusion and wonder, and then, only in the end, once all the possibilities have been exhausted, into one of familial reconciliation against all odds.—Will Donnelly, Green Mountains Review
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Some books hold hard truths but offer a life ring of hope and even humor in an ocean of sadness. Stories for Boys, Gregory Martin’s memoir of his family’s coming to terms with the fact that his father is a closeted gay man, is such a book.
To read the entire interview, go to the Seattle Times.
“I remember reading at Elliott Bay and sweat pouring down my face like Robert Duvall in The Apostle, and Christine coming up the aisle and giving me one of Oliver’s cloth diapers to mop my face. Sure, I was mortified, but I was reading at Elliott Bay! What could be better?”
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Stories for Boys is the repressed Western cousin of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother? In place of Bechdel’s obsessive perseveration, Martin gives us almost taciturn access to a shifting emotional landscape. Here we can see what it means to learn to love someone in a new way, in the long time after the moment when everything changes. This is not a comfortable space, but it is where most of us live most of the time and we’re lucky to have Martin as a guide and...Forward
Welcome to Late Night Conversation, a podcast featuring unscripted talks with writers, editors, publishers, and other cultural innovators. Late Night Conversation is released on the 10th and the 20th of every month.
This week we feature writer Gregory Martin, whose most recent memoir, Stories For Boys, resonates in the ongoing dialogue around gender and sexuality. Gregory’s personal narrative follows his struggle to reconcile the idea he had of his father with a man who has survived a...Forward
“This is a book for anyone who is a parent, and anyone who has parents. It is a few moments on a lifelong journey of learning empathy that resonates with loud and small echoes of love.”—Jennifer Spruit, Prism International
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Greg Martin on Late Night Conversation with Paul Martone on March 20, 2013.
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Linda JohnsHow much about the book “Stories for Boys” did you know or understand when you first began writing it? What was revealed to you during the writing?
Greg MartinThe short answer about what I understood at the front end is “not much. “But I did know what I wanted. I wanted to understand my father better, to somehow get a handle on how this man I had known all of my life could have been successfully living a secret life without me ever having even a single notion. How did he-how does...Forward
Listen to Greg Martin’s interview on NPR affiliate Access Utah.
The Discover selection committee readers weren’t the only folks bowled over by Gregory Martin’s memoir new memoir, Stories for Boys —Cheryl Strayed, Pam Houston and Antonya Nelson have all weighed in with high praise for this candid memoir of family secrets and fathers and sons.
Martin discusses when memoirs go wrong, the unravelling of secret lives, writing about family (and how much children need to be told), among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.
If you missed Greg Martin talking about his memoir, Stories for Boys, on television this morning with Nikki Stanzione, host of New Mexico Style, you can watch him here.
2013 Seattle Reads to feature ‘Stories for Boys’ by Gregory Martin
In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. “Seattle Reads” is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities, states and countries around the world.
In the 15th year of the series, The Seattle Public Library will feature “Stories for Boys: A Memoir” by Gregory Martin. Martin will visit Seattle in early May 2013 to talk with readers about his book....Forward