Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, together, they will discuss Suzanne’s recently produced audio book based on the novel “A Night at the Amazon’s” by Francesco Rapazzini, written in French in 2001, and not translated until now., although Rapazzini is an important gay writer.
“Settle in for the best party of 1926. The setting is Paris, where LGBTQ+ culture literally ruled the world andbuilt Modernism. Legendary writer and polyamorous saloniste Natalie Barney is turning 50, and she has invitedeverybody who is anybody on the Left Bank to her birthday party on Halloween night. All her exes are here, andso are her two wives of more than 10 years: Romaine Brooks and Elisabeth de Gramont. Two ghostly presenceshaunt the premises. Sparks begin fly when Gertrude Stein presents Natalie with her birthday present: the bête noir René Crevel, “the best looking surrealist in the world.” As the night wears on, the cook is drunk, the butler is cheeky,and the new maid, Berthe, is dealing with queer people for the first time. There’s a tussle going on upstairs, andsomebody has locked themselves into the downstairs loo. And when Romaine’s birthday present spins Natalieout of control, the evening really does become unhinged…. Try to hang onto your partners and your politicalconvictions – and whatever you do, don’t lock yourself in the bathroom!“
The event is free, open to the public and conducted via ZOOM.
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About Suzanne Stroh
As founder of the creative collective Legion Group Arts, dedicated to restoring the lost worlds of LGBTQ+ artists and the places that inspired them, Suzanne Stroh wears many hats. She edited “Romaine Brooks: A Life” by Cassandra Langer, and she led the team that discovered a lost painting by Brooks hidden in plain sight at Il Vittoriale in Italy. In Greece, Suzanne discovered a treasure trove of more than 400 lost love letters between Natalie Clifford Barney and Eva Palmer. She is currently supporting efforts in three countries for their publication.
Since Covid hit, Suzanne Stroh has produced and narrated two audiobooks that recover the stories of these two 20th century LGBTQ+ pioneers who were almost lost to history. In July, Princeton Audio released “Eva Palmer Sikelianos: A Life in Ruins.” It tells the story of the maverick American heiress who built a thriving lesbian community in Paris around 1900, then revived the Delphic festivals in Greece—kickstarting modern tourism in the process. In addition to producing and directing “A Night at the Amazon’s,” Suzanne co-translated the French novel about Eva Palmer’s first love—Natalie Clifford Barney—and her circle of Modernists and LGBTQ+ influencers.