On July 20, Virginia native and author Monika M. Pickett will be unveiling her new book Pretty Boy Blue to the D.C. area’s LGBTQ community.
With the setting of the book taking place in Washington, D.C. it was only fitting that Pickett host her book reading and signing at Busboys and Poets.
Pickett is a former advertising sales executive with The Washington Times and the National Society of Black Engineers. She also is a veteran of the United States Army where she served as a medic in Operation Desert Storm and received an honorable discharge in 1991.
Pretty Boy Blue is a unique yet timeless narrative, sure to connect with many in the LGBTQ community eager to see their lives chronicled with honesty and compassion. At the same time, Pickett doesn’t shy away from describing the main character Nikki Blue’s moments of steamy passion, emotional pain, questionable choices, and struggle to walk in her truth.
“The book is a coming-of-age story—think Invisible Life meets The L Word,” says Pickett, referring to the groundbreaking 1994 novel by the late E. Lynn Harris and Showtime’s influential TV drama focused on a group of lesbian friends. “This book is needed in the marketplace to create understanding, communication and compassion between LGBTQ young adults and their families. Although the country is moving towards equality, there are many individuals who suffer in silence.”
Pickett based some of the novel’s story line on her own life, and wrote it to heal from a rare brain disorder. She discusses more about her health in her article on Electronic Urban Report.
She wants people to attend the reading “to create an open dialogue on self-awareness and sexuality.”
The Pretty Boy Blue Book Talk & Signing takes place on July 20. at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. at 6:30 p.m.