Kissing Oscar Wilde: A Love Story in the City of Light

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Jade Sylvan went on tour in France to perform poetry in 2012. When she came back, she wrote a star-crossed novelized memoir about love, death, and identity called Kissing Oscar Wilde, published by the indie poetry press Write Bloody in October, 2013.

The book follows Jade on tour as she decides to replace her younger self's lipstick kiss on Oscar Wilde's newly-cleaned grave. Jade is accompanied by her best friend, a photographer with whom she has a highly romantic creative friendship, who documents the trip with his camera. While the two artists scheme to navigate the whirlwind tour and return to Wilde's tomb in Père Lachaise, Sylvan decides to try to figure out her own fluid gender and sexual identity, and why she can't ever seem to love anyone the way she's seen in movies and read about in books.
Shortly after the pair arrive in France, they meet a captivating young woman - a beautiful, talented poet in a Humphrey Bogart hat whom Jade immediately falls for. As Jade follows this woman through the romantic European streets, she's struck by the realization that she may be more in love with stories than people, and that she has the power to author her own love story, just as she can author her own vocation, sexuality, and gender. The book paints a portrait of the artist as a conflicted queer trying to understand the mechanics of love in what Sylvan calls a "deconstruction of romance."

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Jade Sylvan, called a "risqué queer icon" by The Boston Globe, is the author of Kissing Oscar Wilde (2013 Write Bloody Publishing), TEN (2013 Launch Over Publishing), and The Spark Singer (2009 Spuyten Duyvil Press). A genderqueer writer, producer, and performing artist based out of Cambridge, MA, Jade has been on the cover of The Boston Globe Arts Section, ScoutCambridge, and DigBoston. The author has toured throughout North America and Europe performing poetry, and has produced and performed in a number of acclaimed shows in the Greater Boston area, including, The Literary Roast, All You Need Is Myth, and Encyclopedia Show Somerville. In 2012, Jade cowrote and starred in the indie feature film, TEN, which is currently touring the film festival circuit. Publications include pieces in: The Toast, BuzzFeed, PANK, DigBoston, Carve Magazine, Mudfish, Word Riot, and many more.

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"It feels as though nothing could be more Millenial. What better emblem of the "Me Me Me" generation than a memoir written by an author barely on the cusp of thirty, a novelized account of a nascent artist's ramblings through France and her search for the self in the City of Lights? Yet to fellow members of a debutante generation now nearing the end of its post-recession cotillion - Jade Sylvan's dazzling new work can seem, if anything, overwhelming in its urgency." - [PANK]

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