Casey Charles Author Event -- Monkey Cages
In the summer of 1955, sixteen-year-old Tommy Cadigan finds himself helpless in the face of desire, especially when the man that wears the face is his high school swimming coach, a young Korean War veteran who is still recovering from receiving a "blue ticket" discharging him from the military because of his homosexuality. Unsure if his infatuation is returned, Tommy distracts himself with the attention of a local bully, who hustles older men at night beside a decrepit zoo in Boise's park. Tommy soon finds himself in the midst of a scandal that threatens to ignite the entire town... and his life will never be the same. Listen to an interview with author, Casey Charles on Montana Public Radio.
Casey Charles teaches literature at the University of Montana in Missoula. He has published two novels (The Monkey Cages in 2018 and The Trials of Christopher Mann in 2013), a book of essays (Critical Queer Studies: Law, Film and Fiction 2012) and a nonfiction account of the Sharon Kowalski case, nominated for a Publishing Triangle Award in 2003.
A professor of Shakespeare, law and literature, and queer studies, Casey has also completed two poetry chapbooks—Controlled Burn (Pudding House 2008) and Blood Work (Seven Kitchens 2012). A collection of poems entitled Zicatela appeared in July from Foothills Press.