LEWISTON – Author Leslie Feinberg will speak about gender identity and expression at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave., Bates College.

The talk is sponsored by OUTfront, a Bates campus organization for people of all genders and sexualities. It’s co-sponsored by the departments of anthropology, art and visual culture, education, psychology and sociology, and the program in women and gender studies.

Feinberg wrote a novel, “Stone Butch Blues,” whose main character, Jess was born into a working class Jewish family and identified as a female at birth. Jess struggles with gender and sexual identity from the 1950s through the 1980s within difficult economic and political contexts. The book received the 1994 Stonewall Book Award for Literature and the 1994 Lambda Literary Award for a small press book.

Feinberg also wrote “Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman.”

The talk is open to the public free of charge.

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