Sad Old Faggot

By (author): Sky Gilbert

A daring foray into the groundbreaking genre of autobiographical fiction

Sad Old Faggot is the absorbing, sometimes embarrassing, always entertaining story of a lonely, self-obsessed, selfish, deluded, impotent 62-year-old gay man named Sky Gilbert who — despite his best intentions — cannot help but become a stereotype.

Sky’s main claim to fame is founding Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 1979. But since leaving Buddies, he’s fallen on hard times. Sky Gilbert is no longer even remotely famous. He has to fight off his own bitterness as audiences for his plays steadily dwindle. Theatre people dismiss his work as old news and point to the fact that he teaches at the University of Guelph as proof: his descent into academia clearly signals his failure as an artist.

All along the way, the book questions our truths and celebrates their mutability. What is really true about each of us? What do we actually know about ourselves? And how much, it asks, of our own personal truth is based on fact — and how much is rooted in fiction?

AUTHOR

Sky Gilbert

Sky Gilbert is an accomplished author, actor, filmmaker, and drag queen. Born in Connecticut, Gilbert studied theatre at both York University and the University of Toronto before becoming the co-founder and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 1979. Gilbert left Buddies in 1997 to focus on his creative pursuits, and accepted a post as an assistant professor at the University of Guelph. A year after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Gilbert was named University Research Chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

Reviews

“The indefatigable Gilbert — co-founder of the Toronto gay theatre company Buddies in Bad Times, author of 60 plays, seven novels — joins Karl Ove Knausgaard and Sheila Heti with his take on autobiographical fiction . . . Gilbert, at 62, is in good form, entertaining, brave and deliberately shocking.” — Toronto Star


“[Sad Old Faggot] is an exhilarating experiment that rewards the reader with laughter, anger, and a sense of just how important Gilberts’ work is.” — Drew Rowsome’s blog


“[A] strange, prurient, and frequently hilarious book that straddles, no pun intended, the banalities of the everyday (relationship woes, self-doubt and loathing, insatiable desire) and the theatrics of farce.” — Hamilton Review of Books


“Gilbert is abrasive and unapologetic, and anyone who’s experienced his work or personality knows this already. If you’re up for that, you may find something special buried underneath all the grump.” — Broken Pencil


“As for the state of gay literature today, Gilbert — whose writing in Sad Old Faggot remains as mutinous, humorous, and articulate as his public persona — encourages young writers to take risks.” — Quill & Quire


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A daring foray into the groundbreaking genre of autobiographical fiction

Sad Old Faggot is the absorbing, sometimes embarrassing, always entertaining story of a lonely, self-obsessed, selfish, deluded, impotent 62-year-old gay man named Sky Gilbert who — despite his best intentions — cannot help but become a stereotype.

Sky’s main claim to fame is founding Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 1979. But since leaving Buddies, he’s fallen on hard times. Sky Gilbert is no longer even remotely famous. He has to fight off his own bitterness as audiences for his plays steadily dwindle. Theatre people dismiss his work as old news and point to the fact that he teaches at the University of Guelph as proof: his descent into academia clearly signals his failure as an artist.

All along the way, the book questions our truths and celebrates their mutability. What is really true about each of us? What do we actually know about ourselves? And how much, it asks, of our own personal truth is based on fact — and how much is rooted in fiction?

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Details

Dimensions:

176 Pages
8in * 5in * 0.411in
0.625lb

Published:

September 13, 2016

City of Publication:

Toronto

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

ECW Press

ISBN:

9781770413108

Book Subjects:

FICTION / LGBTQ+ / Gay

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Language:

eng

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