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We Are Lost and Found: Helene Dunbar & Ron Goldberg

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​“The racially and religiously diverse cast, emphasis on safe sex practices, and careful maneuvering around queer plot tropes offer a compelling, teen-movie-esque portrait of the times… A painful but ultimately empowering queer history lesson.”—Kirkus Reviews

We Are Lost and Found is a​ poignant, heartbreaking, uplifting, and compelling story about three friends coming-of-age in the early 1980's as they struggle to forge their own paths in the face of fear of the unknown. Following a group of teens in 1980s New York City navigate adolescence in the wake of the AIDS crisis, the novel is painstakingly populated with 1980s references—particularly to music—creating a vivid historical setting.​

​Dunbar​ will discuss the book, it's real-life history and themes with Ron Goldberg​, former ACT UP​ member who provided an afterword for the novel.

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Called the “queen of heart-breaking prose” by Paste Magazine, Helene Dunbar is the author of Boomerang (2018), Blood Makes Noise (out fall 2019), and Prelude For Lost Souls (2020) as well as These Gentle Wounds (2014), and What Remains (2015). Over the years, she’s worked as a drama critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter.

Ron Goldberg is a writer and activist. As a member of ACT UP from 1987 - 1995, Ron was a lead organizer for many of the group’s major demonstrations and participated in countless zaps and actions. Ron chaired numerous committees, facilitated the weekly Monday night meetings, wrote fact sheets and fundraising appeals, and served as ACT UP’s unofficial “chant queen.” Goldberg is currently finishing his book, Boy With the Bullhorn, a personal history of ACT UP and life on the front lines of the AIDS crisis. He has previously written about his experiences with ACT UP for OutWeek and POZ magazines, the journal Central Park, and The Visual AIDS Blog. He served as research associate for filmmaker and journalist David France on his award-winning book, How to Survive a Plague, and recently contributed an afterword essay for Dunbar’s We Are Lost and Found. He enjoys speaking at high schools and colleges about the lessons and legacy of ACT UP. Goldberg​ currently works at New York Institute of Technology as web content editor and lives with his partner, fellow ACT UP alum Joe Chiplock, in New York.

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