Gay Santa Barbara will hold its second LGBT Literary Salon (Read OUT Loud) as part of its annual Pride Celebration on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 2 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. Last year's headliner was international best-selling author, Patricia Nell Warren. This year's featured authors from around the country will include:

FELICE PICANO, widely acknowledged as one of the founders of modern gay literature; winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award; five-time nominee for a Lambda Book Award; nominee for the PEN/Ernest Hemingway award; and author of 20 volumes of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays including Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children, Men Who Loved Me, Onyx, and The New Joy of Gay Sex.

ELANA DYKEWOMON, winner of both a Lambda Book Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award for her novel, Beyond the Pale; author of other books of poetry and prose including the new short story collection, Mooncreek Road; and editor of the international lesbian-feminist journal of literature, art and politics, Sinister Wisdom.

LEO CABRANES-GRANT, winner of Santa Barbara's 2003 "Independent Award" for playwriting; and a professor at UCSB. Leo will present a staged-reading of a new one-act play written especially for Read OUT Loud!

The event will be hosted by Santa Barbara author, DANIEL M. JAFFE, whose novel, The Limits of Pleasure, was a Finalist for a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. Authors will autograph their books and meet with members of the audience.

Contact: Dan Jaffe at