An Artist Who Wants to Fall in Book Love

On this week’s show, we’re setting up John-Paul Gurnett, a multidisciplinary artist. JP is the co-founder of Queer Nite and serves as communications director for BFF Omaha, both now long-running queer institutions in Nebraska. When not building community through arts engagement, he teaches English as a Second Language in a high school. 

JP recently read and loved A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt and Go Home, Ricky! by Gene Kwak. Sometimes JP struggles to read fiction, since he prioritizes reading to learn. He absolutely believes in astrology (Aries sun, Sag moon, and Gemini rising). A self-proclaimed snob about music and art, he recently adored the Showtime series, Yellowjackets.

Which co-host will choose the best reads for this eclectic artist and activist? Tune in to find out!

Round 1 Picks

Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland

Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Round 2 Picks

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service by Tajja Isen

Bath Haus by PJ Vernon

Featured Bookstores

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Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.