¡Hola, Papi! John Paul Brammer with Meredith Goldstein
Brookline Booksmith and the Wilbur Theatre team up to host a virtual event with JP Brammer and Meredith Goldstein for ¡Hola Papi! See the registration link for ticket options - book-with-ticket purchases include a signed bookplate.
From popular LGBTQ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer comes a hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation. JP will be joined in conversation with Meredith Goldstein, author and advice columnist for The Boston Globe, to discuss his new memoir, ¡Hola Papi!, In ¡Hola Papi!, JP shares his story of growing up biracial and in the closet against the backdrop of America’s heartland, while attempting to answer some of life’s toughest questions: How do I let go of the past? How do I become the person I want to be? Is there such a thing as being too gay ? Should I hook up with my grade school bully now that he’s out of the closet? Questions we’ve all asked ourselves, surely. Sometimes the best advice to dole out comes from looking within, which is what JP has done in his column and book—and readers have flocked to him for honest, heartfelt wisdom, and of course a few laughs. With wit and wisdom in equal measure, ¡Hola Papi! is for anyone—gay, straight, and everything in between—who has ever taken stock of their unique place in the world, offering considered advice, intelligent discourse, and fits of laughter along the way.
John Paul Brammer is an author, illustrator, and columnist from rural Oklahoma currently living in Brooklyn. He runs the popular advice column “¡Hola Papi!” on Substack. His work, including essays, short fiction, and illustrations, has appeared in The Washington Post, Food & Wine, Catapult, Business Insider, and many more.
Moderator Meredith Goldstein has written Love Letters, The Boston Globe’s relationship advice column, for more than 12 years. She also writes feature stories and hosts the Globe’s popular Love Letters podcast, now in its fifth season. Meredith’s books include the novels Things That Grow, Chemistry Lessons and The Singles, and her memoir, Can’t Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist. Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, and lives in Boston with a carnival-size cotton candy machine. John Paul Brammer’s “Generous Moon and Peacock” print hangs in her bedroom.