The Palm Springs Public Library Foundation began its two-day pride book festival Friday in collaboration with Greater Palm Springs Pride.
The Pride on the Page festival will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with five panels of LGBTQ+ affirming authors each day at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library patio, 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive.
“Our goal is to bring together thought-provoking, entertaining and enriching subject matter that communicates different viewpoints and represents various genres that will attract readers/people who have never experienced queer culture, and others who have made it the focus of their lives,” according to the foundation.
Attendees can get reacquainted with and discover new authors — such as Melissa Chadburn, Michael Craft, Steven Rowley, Katherine V. Forrest and Rebecca Walker — by listening to discussions led by panel moderators about their works and points of view, according to foundation officials. Each hour-long discussion will be followed by a break for book signings.
A ticketed fundraising event for the foundation will also take place Saturday evening with Sharon Gless discussing her autobiography with her former co-star Peter Paige from “Queer as Folk.” It will be at the Plaza Theatre, 128 S. Palm Canyon Drive.
Palm Springs Pride Week will continue until Sunday.