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StrutBook Club Meeting with a Visit from the Author Carlos Allende!

Tuesday, May 31, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

Calling all Queer Booklovers!

Join us for our first in-person book club meeting of 2022!

For the month of May, we will be reading a brand new book titled “Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love” by Carlos Allende, with a special appearance by the author himself!

The book has not officially come out yet, so for this very special BookClub meeting, the author has graciously offered to send us some copies of this book, and digital copies for everyone that isn’t able to snag a physical copy. Email the book club facilitator Baruch Porras Hernandez at to reserve a copy today! The day of the event we will be meeting at 7 PM to discuss the book for an hour, then at 8 PM, the author, Carlos Allende is going to join us for a chill interview with Baruch, and then a Q&A with the book club members. You must RSVP on Eventbrite to join the event here is the LINK

ABOUT THE BOOK: Set in Los Angeles, a year before same-sex marriage became legal, the novel follows the misadventures of two gay men for whom it didn’t get better: Jignesh Amin, an overweight, angry Indian-American working as a bookkeeper, and Charlie Hayworth, a socially inept white guy from Leitchfield, Kentucky. After Jignesh murders the beautiful office intern because she insults his writing, and Charlie starts dating Jignesh because he wrongly believes he’s rich, the two men embark on a madcap journey that includes a few other deaths, a money-laundering scheme, a gay cruise, and an ass-backward trip to Los Cabos, Mexico. COFFEE, SHOPPING, MURDER, LOVE will leave you cackling while also weeping at what shame does to the psyche, how social media demolishes the spirit, and how much fun it is to conjure abject moral decrepitude.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Carlos Allende is a media psychology scholar and a writer of fiction. He has written two previous novels: Cuadrillas y Contradanzas, a historical melodrama set during the War of Reform, in Mexico, and Love, or the Witches of Windward Circle, a horror farce set in Venice, California. Based on his research on narrative persuasion and audience engagement, he developed the course The Psychology of Compelling Storytelling that he teaches in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension. He lives in Santa Monica with his husband.

If you have any questions about Strut’s events and or this Queer/Gay Book Club please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at

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Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair-accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.


Baruch Porras Hernandez


Strut, 3rd Floor
470 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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