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In Memoriam
In Memoriam: John Mitzel (1948-2013)
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/07/13
Last updated on: 10/07/13
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John Mitzel.

Bookseller John Mitzel died at his home in Arlington, Massachusetts on October 4, 2013 of complications from treatment for cancer. Owner of Boston's Calamus Bookstore, Mitzel was also a writer and activist.

Born in a town near Cincinnati, Ohio, Mitzel was institutionalized as a teenager for his homosexuality. After being released from a psychiatric hospital, he ran away from home.

He enrolled at Boston University and became involved in Boston's gay liberation movement. With Charley Shively, he co-founded the radical newspaper Fag Rag in 1971.

In 2000, Mitzel opened Calamus Bookstore in Boston's South End. For many years previously, he managed the now-defunct Glad Day Bookshop.

Mitzel wrote a number of books, including fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Among them are appreciations of John Horne Burns and Gore Vidal, as well as an account of the Boston Sex Scandal of the 1970s.

Earlier this year, he published Last Gleanings, a collection of short stories set in gay Boston from the late 1970s to the late 1990s.

Mitzel was known for his knowledge of the history of the Boston gay rights movement and for his wit. Both are on exhibit in the video below in which he reminisces about the 1977 Boston Pride observance in which Charley Shively burned a Bible in protest of Anita Bryant and other Christians who discriminated against gay people.

John Mitzel telling story of Charley Shively burning the Bible at Boston Pride 1977 from Fag Rag on Vimeo.

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