Indulge your palate and your mind with a sensorial Five-course, Dinner Book Club at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe every fourth Thursday at 6:00-8:30pm! This Book Club includes food and cocktail pairings, and introduces a new bartender each month from a local bar or restaurant! Seating is limited so make your reservation today for this book club that hits ALL the senses. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the Cafe, (360) 220-1898. Books can be purchased with a %15 discount at Village Books!
Thursday, July 25, 6:00pm
The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel by Joseph Cassara
It’s 1980 in New York City, and nowhere is the city’s glamour and energy better reflected than in the burgeoning Harlem ball scene, where seventeen-year-old Angel first comes into her own. Burned by her traumatic past, Angel is new to the drag world, new to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. When she falls in love with Hector, a beautiful young man who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, the two decide to form the House of Xtravaganza, the first-ever all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must bear the responsibility of tending to their house alone.
As mother of the house, Angel recruits Venus, a whip-fast trans girl who dreams of finding a rich man to take care of her; Juanito, a quiet boy who loves fabrics and design; and Daniel, a butch queen who accidentally saves Venus’s life. The Xtravaganzas must learn to navigate sex work, addiction, and persistent abuse, leaning on each other as bulwarks against a world that resists them. All are ambitious, resilient, and determined to control their own fates, even as they hurtle toward devastating consequences.
Told in a voice that brims with wit, rage, tenderness, and fierce yearning, The House of Impossible Beauties is a tragic story of love, family, and the dynamism of the human spirit.