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Drag Queen Book Discussion: Communities Read Yours Cruelly, Elvira

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Monday, June 13, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Providence, RI 02940

Rhode Island’s premier Drag Queen, LaDiva Jonz joins us for LGBTQ+ Pride Month to discuss the book Yours Cruelly, Elvira!


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Rhode Island’s premier Drag Star, LaDiva Jonz, joins us this month to discuss Cassandra Wilson’s Yours Cruelly, Elvira, an unforgettably wild memoir that reveals the full story of the woman behind Elvira, the Queen of Halloween. As a special treat this month, Michael Bordonaro, the Director of Philanthropy at Providence Community Library will co-host and invite LaDiva Jonz to share stories about her life as a drag queen. Feeling fancy? Dress your zoom best with us! LaDiva, Michael, Amy and Lee plan to razzle dazzle you with their ensembles that evening.



When you hear the name Elvira only one person comes to mind: Horror icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark. Back in 1981, who could have imagined the hostess of a local Horror movie show would become a household name? Elvira was the first horror host ever to be syndicated nationally and has emerged as one of today’s most original and outrageous pop culture icons. Elvira’s reign as ‘Queen of Halloween’ has spanned more than three decades and includes an IMAX movie, music CDs, books and more than a thousand licensed products. She co-wrote and starred in the feature films Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills. She has made hundreds of film, television and live appearances - including The Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, NBC’s Today Show, The Tournament of Roses Parade and reality shows Search for the Next Elvira, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Counting Cars, Face Off, Epic Ink and Halloween Wars. She most recently produced and starred in Thirteen Nights of Elvira for Hulu. Played by actress/writer Cassandra Peterson, Elvira has carved out a niche in popular culture that is sure to endure for decades to come.



The woman behind the icon known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the undisputed Queen of Halloween, reveals her full story, filled with intimate bombshells - and told by the bombshell herself. Yours Cruelly, Elvira is an unforgettably wild memoir. Cassandra doesn't shy away from revealing exactly who she is and how she overcame seemingly insurmountable odds. Always original and sometimes outrageous, her story is loaded with twists, travails, revelry, and downright shocking experiences. It is the candid, often funny, and sometimes heart-breaking tale of a Midwest farm girl's long strange trip to become the world's sexiest, sassiest Halloween icon.



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Lee Smith
(401) 272-0106 x4203
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