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Something in the Family Way

by PAUL BELLINI

Recently, Raymond Helkio produced a small but charming booklet called Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Fuck You. It’s a collection of works by queer artists dealing with family. Judging from the entries, most of us came out of it okay-ish.

David Bateman writes about a sad drunk cradling a rifle. Reg Hartt’s story is about successfully confronting some angry straight boys. Amy Pearl writes about a stripper remembering an incident from childhood, and Amy J. Lester submitted a poem about her father who died when she was young. Brad Fraser offered a drawing of his parents titled "Somehow I survived," and Rolyn Chambers sent in an illustrated guide to turning Mr. Potato Head into various gay stereotypes. There are also pieces from Brock Hessell, Keith Cole, Em Glasspool, Cathy Petch, John Grube, and myself. My story is about ogling sexy gravediggers. Hey, we’re all different people, right? 
Helkio, who recently published a children’s book called The Great Reading Room, is donating all of the proceeds of SOSNSBFU to Glad Day Bookshop. 

You can find all the information here at http://thereadingsalon.ca/sosnsbfu/
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