Undetectable with Casey Charles

About the Book: Undetectable is a story of love, loss, and viral loads, a memoir of long-term survival with HIV. From New York graduate student in 1989, who contracts the virus from the love of his life to Montana writer in 2018 visiting the slums of Nairobi, the author finds his own drama intertwined with the astonishing stories of his HIV+ peers, narratives that intersect the path of his travails and act as foils to the foibles of a gay man who comes out, falls in love, and faces a death sentence at the beginning of his career. In his fight for drugs, friends, and support, Charles learns the power of linking self to other as he confronts stigma, heartbreak, and fear with a visceral resilience. By discovering the power of community, Undetectable explores a generation of long-term HIV survivors who have lived to tell the story of an AIDS pandemic now in its fifth decade without cure or vaccine.

About the Author: As a lawyer, activist, and professor of English at the University of Montana, Casey Charles focused primarily on LGBTQ rights and representation. His first book, The Sharon Kowalski Case: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial, part of the Famous American Trials Series out of Kansas, became a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award in 2003. A book of essays on queer law and film appeared in 2012 (Ashgate). A book of poems (Controlled Burn) was recognized as one of Missoula Independent’s best books of the year in 2017, and two poetry volumes have since been published. More recently Charles has written two novels—The Trials of Christopher Mann (Regal Crest)which takes place during the Dan White trial in 1979 San Francisco, and The Monkey Cages (Lethe 2018) a story set in 1955, during the famous Boys of Boise scandal in Idaho. Two ethnographic essays about HIV long-term survivors (HIVLTS) in Kenya and India appear in the anthology HIV, Sex, and Sexuality in Later Life (Policy Press 2022). Charles’ latest book, Undetectable: An HIV Memoir is forthcoming from Running Wild Press. Casey now splits his time between Missoula, where he hikes and skis, and Palm Springs, where he walks his dog in the canyons. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Event address: 
Fact & Fiction Bookstore
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
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ISBN: 9781955062978
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Running Wild Press - May 6th, 2024