Millennium Arts Salon’s (MAS) scintillating talk by Editor Tom Wirth about Richard Bruce Nugent’s novel GENTLEMAN JIGGER

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Don’t miss Millennium Arts Salon’s (MAS) scintillating talk by Editor Tom Wirth about Richard Bruce Nugent’s novel GENTLEMAN JIGGER.

The novel focuses on a heretofore suppressed aspect of the Harlem Renaissance: HOMOSEXUALITY.

Nugent (1906-1987) was a writer, painter, illustrator, and popular bohemian personality living at the center of the Harlem Renaissance. He was a protégé of Alain Locke, a roommate of Wallace Thurman, and a friend of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. According to some observers he was the first Black American to reveal an undeniably homoerotic sensibility in print.

Tom’s talk will provide insights into Nugent’s novel. Wirth, a close friend of Nugent’s during the last years of the artist’s life, is an independent scholar, bibliophile, and publisher. Wirth also edited GAY REBEL OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE: SELECTIONS FROM THE WORK OF RICHARD BRUCE NUGENT. Tom is currently editing the correspondence of Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen for on-line publication.

Tom’s talk will be presented during the Salon’s 6- 8 PM session which includes a book signing and reception following immediately. Cost $25, free or discounted for MAS members.

Now entering its 7th year, Millennium Arts Salon is focused on advancing cultural literacy through its art programming, which includes salon talks, exhibitions, tours and special events.

Millennium Arts Salon is located at 1213 Girard Street NW Washington, DC 20009. Also check us out at to learn more about us, especially our 2008-2009 Salon Programs.

CONTACT: Richard Everett, MAS Public Relations @ 202-716-3315 or [email protected]

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