In these photos, I'm on my way to a gay bar. That's no longer my reality. Now GAY BAR is a book.
GAY BAR by Jeremy Atherton Lin from LITTLE, BROWN (N. America) & GRANTA (UK) 2021
'Utterly blown away. Jeremy Atherton Lin creates something new from a territory that feels so familiar and known. We can never have enough complex, intersectional writing about queer experience, and this is such a welcome, needed addition to the canon.'
– Niven Govinden, author of This Brutal House + Diary of a Film
'GAY BAR is a book of rare dream-like power, an exacting anthropology of queer life through the lenses of London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Blackpool. Brainy, audacious, funny, vulnerable, and sexy, it's endlessly awake not just to codes and signs but to a culture that's changing faster than most of us are able to see.'
– Paul Lisicky, author of Later: My Life at the End of the World
'Lively and dirty, intellectual and gossipy, GAY BAR is the rare book that feels both like a guilty pleasure and like it is making you considerably smarter as you read. A super exciting debut and an important document of queer lives.'
– Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave + Against Memoir
'A brilliant, exhilarating juxtaposition of memoir, social history, architectural analysis, shoe-leather geography and more penises than you can shake a stick at, GAY BAR is a study of the intersection between sexuality and identity, encoded and made concrete. Passionate, wry, funny, clear-eyed, romantic, sceptical, randy, bold, celebratory and stinky, often all at once.'
– Will Ashon, author of Strange Labyrinth + Chamber Music
'Like the hypnotic thumps of good house music, Jeremy Atherton Lin's voice pulses. Painstakingly researched and tenderly written, GAY BAR marks queer bars as sites of resistance and reinvention. I longed for nothing more than to club hop with Atherton Lin, to occupy the spaces between light and shadow, between love and desire, and to consume the night alongside him so that we might emerge wholly new.'
– Alex Espinoza, author of Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime
Press enquiries, please contact Lena Little at Little, Brown (US) or Pru Rowlandson at Granta (UK).
Jeremy is represented by Laura Macdougall at United Agents.