THIS JUST IN: My new novel Vulgarian Rhapsody releases 10/17/2023!!!
Release party sponsored by LITQUAKE
Fabulosa Books, 489 Castro St. SF
Even though its often hilarious and wickedly paced, Vulgarian Rhapsody isn't just a delicious romp. It’s a smart, gimlet-eyed portrayal of the drag queens, poets, artists, alcoholics and assorted legends in their own minds that have roamed up and down Market street for decades. A brilliant, scorched, vodka-soaked love letter to the San Francisco queer art scene. - Mike Albo, author of The Underminer, Hornito, and renowned performer
I laughed out loud! Vulgarian Rhapsody is an incisive portrait of a shiftless, hapless, uber-critical gay-bar-fly named Harris and the queer / trans / arty friends he torments, set against San Francisco's oppressive "Dot Com Boom" of the late 1990s. And the pansophical narrator is both saucy and wry. Brilliant! - Philip R. Ford, director of the cult classic film, "Vegas in Space" and honorary straight man in the legendary drag troupe, the Sluts A-Go-Go
I've been a fan of Alvin Orloff's work for 20years . . . I'm forever a disciple. - Brontez Purnell, author of 100 Boyfriends
Here's a book trailer for Vulgarian Rhapsody!
Here's a book trailer for Disasterama!
Here's an interview I did for Perfectly Queer with Wayne Goodman!
Here I am in 2018, photo: Daniel Nicoletta
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Bio: Alvin Orloff began writing in 1977, while still a teenager, penning lyrics for The Blowdryers, an early San Francisco punk band. He spent the 1980s working as a telemarketer and exotic dancer while concurrently attending U.C. Berkeley and performing with The Popstitutes, a somewhat absurd performance art/homocore band. In 1990 he and his bandmates founded Klubstitute, a floating queer cabaret devoted to the ideal of cultural democracy that featured spoken word, theater, drag, and musical acts. In 1995 the club, whose staff and patrons had been ravaged by the AIDS epidemic, closed its doors and Orloff suddenly remembered that all he’d ever wanted to be was a writer. He subsequently published three whimsical novels, I Married an Earthling, Gutter Boys, and Why Aren’t You Smiling? before producing his memoir of life in the queer underground during the height of the AIDS crisis, Disasterama! His latest novel Vulgarian Rhapsody, releases in Oct. 2023. Orloff currently lives in San Francisco and is the proprietor of Fabulosa Books, a literary hot-spot in the heart of the Castro District .
You might also want to check out my three earlier books!