Lilith dirndl

Update: excited to learn that Growing Up Golem is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and for the Judy Grahn Award of  the Publishing Triangle!

Also: I had a very sweet review this month in the Jewish feminist magazine Lilith, which says, “Fierce imagination, fascinating .… compulsively readable. Growing Up Golem contains all the power of her earlier work, but it is written without the cloak. Tills new and important ground. Demonstrates Minkowitz’s capacity for personal exposure and vulnerability.” Thanks, Lilith! You can read more here.

I was also very pleased and humbled by my Kirkus review this month, which said,  “Holds nothing back… the same brutal introspection and clever humor [as her first memoir, Ferocious Romance] , but this book is much more personal and sexually explicit… Minkowitz brings a defiant, playful energy to writing about her difficult and dark past. Intelligent but not for the prudish or fainthearted.” You can read the whole review here.

Finally, some upcoming events: eight events in New York City this spring, as well as (drumroll) the first events on the West Coast for Growing Up Golem, one at Antioch University in LA on May 20, and one next October in the San Francisco Bay Area with the LGBT Jewish organization Keshet, the Hormel Center at the San Francisco Public Library, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and several other groups. Watch this space. 🙂


I’ve been bringing the word about golems to all sorts of organizations  this fall: museums, community centers, congregations, bookstores, and yes, the fabled Park Slope Food Co-op, which most people don’t know has an excellent literary series.   A few pictures:

book party food

First, the food! At my book party at Queers for Economic Justice in NYC, one of my favorite grassroots organizations.



I never expected to be up on a marquee, especially a church marquee. But I’m delighted! And this is not really a church, but the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, a humanist congregation and one of my favorite places on Earth.  Gave a talk here “On Making People into Things,” about the radical-politics underpinnings of my book.

(c) Social + Diarist/Jon Nalley 2013

(c) Social + Diarist/Jon Nalley 2013

At the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art with the historian Jonathan Ned Katz, my idol and sometime student. Thanks to Leslie-Lohman for hosting a celebration where I could read surrounded by gorgeous art by Sasha Schneider and Ketch Weir.

calamus bookstore

Boston’s Calamus Bookstore, a very fine queer bookstore where I read surrounded by rare books of queer lit, politics and erotic art.

Incidentally, if you’re free this Tuesday November 26 , come out to see me in NYC at Literary Mischief, an event where I’ll be reading with Sweta Srivastava Vikram, author of No Ocean Here, and Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of The Big Book of Orgasms. There will be performances and door prizes. 🙂 Info here.