The January program is one you won’t want to miss! Our speaker will be Griffin Garcon (nom de plume because her Russian name is unpronounceable by Americans, she says), an emigré from the former Soviet Union. Her topic will be “The LGBT Community in Russia Today.”
[The New Families Support Group will meet as usual at 6:30 p.m., and all will gather in the Community Room for the program at 7:30 p.m.]
Griffin Garcon is a sci-fi/fantasy writer, in particular gay sci-fi, whose most recent book is Echoes of Andromeda: Zumi’s Prophecy. One reader review states, “Fast-paced action creates questions in the reader’s mind faster than the author can resolve them,” and another says, “Griffin Garcon spins a wide web that captures the emotional force that most young adults grapple with daily and puts it in an unworldly adventure.”
The author has supplied this biography:
“A bio is something that is supposed to be boring. But when I started writing my bio for the PFLAG newsletter, I just could not get my mind in the right boring and official state. I just decided to say it like it is.
“I grew up in the USSR, a fact that I always conceal, since I escaped to the USA to live a normal life, to leave the past behind. Yeah, I do not want to be ‘weird,’ I want to be a regular American. So, I never reveal that my childhood was also quite weird, shrouded in mystery and danger. In the 70s, when America was struggling with its own issues, but also having tons of fun, the USSR was one big prison.
“My parents were a part of the invisible resistance network where people who disagreed with the regime secretly relayed to each other ideas, news from Voice of America broadcast to us from England, tapes with songs of forbidden singers, and various literature you could easily get imprisoned for. Russia was like that. By God, it is still like that. Look at what’s happening now… Lack of freedom, lack of transparency and all the stuff I do not want to get into…
“So, I remember how my mother would bring some of the books home. She was the ‘secret agent’ of the group, because people would give her the copies of forbidden books, and she would use a copying machine at her government workplace to make more copies. If caught, she could face interrogations and years in prison. » Read more..