A Double Giovanni’s Room Update…

This Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 5:30PM, Giovanni’s Room shall have the honor of hosting the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Reading.  The authors in attendance with their nominated books are:


Phil Tiemeyer, author of Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants (category: LGBT Non-Fiction);

Larry Benjamin, author of Unbroken (category: Gay Romance);

L. C. Chase, author of Pickup Men (category: Gay Romance);

Brian Teare, author of Companion Grasses (category: Gay Poetry);

Michael Klein, author of The Talking Day (category: Gay Poetry);

Amber Dawn, author of How Poetry Saved My Life (category: Lesbian Memoir/Biography);

e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, author of Fat Angie (category: Lesbian General Fiction)


Just a Re-Minder to all of you: with the exception of the aforementioned books, all books in the store are now 25% off.  For more information, please contact Giovanni’s Room directly, by calling 215-923-2960, or Emailing them at Giovannis_Room@verizon.net.  You can also visit their Website at http://www.queerbooks.com.


And now, here is a new update on the closing of Giovanni’s Room, transcribed directly from the Email I received today, at approximately 5:08PM today, Tuesday, May 13, 2014:



Giovanni’s Room, for decades the biggest, best, and most beautiful LGBT bookstore in the land, is currently in discussions with a potential buyer.  The prospective buyer is a large LGBT-related organization in Philadelphia, so their decision depends on the agreement of a people.  If it seems they can decide in the next week or so, the store will not close before they decide.  But if it seems the decision won’t come till June, then the store’s last day will be Saturday, May 17 and, hopefully, it will reopen later.

A heart-felt Thanks to the crowds of people who have come to the store the past few weeks to say goodbye.  It has been an honor to make this store available to you all!  Let’s hope a successor will give it new life.

Disclosure of Breach of Data Security:

Giovanni’s Room has learned that its data systems were breached and its rights were violated when an unauthorized third party sent a message last week from its email address, queerbooksphilly@gmail.com (not to be confused with the name of the store’s website for at least twelve years, http://www.queerbooks.com), advising customers of a meeting to discuss a post-Giovanni’s Room future.  The store has never lent, leased, or sold its e/mailing list to anyone.  It is shocking that the organizers of the meeting took the emailing list without permission.

The store’s owner, Ed Hermance, attended the meeting, held Wednesday evening, May 7, 2014, at the William Way LGBT Community Center, and advised attendees that the meeting was not sponsored or authorized by Giovanni’s Room.

Giovanni’s Room and its owner regret the incident, apologize to its customers, and are considering legal action in response.

Giovanni’s Room

345 South 12th Street

Philadelphia, PA  19107



Finally, as I shall go to Giovanni’s Room to attend the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist Reading this Thursday, May 15, 2014, 5:30PM, I shall take copious notes, and then create a blog post on what was said, and what was read!  Of course, I shall also let you know which books, I purchased, too.

And, of course, thank you, one and all, for honoring who you are and what you do.

Phil Tiemeyer
Phil Tiemeyer


Larry Benjamin
Larry Benjamin


L. C. Chase
L. C. Chase


Brian Teare
Brian Teare


Michael Klein
Michael Klein


Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn


e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
e. E. Charlton-Trujillo



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