A drag queen took up residency in Goldsboro Books window last night (23rd July) for the launch of Life’s a Drag by Janie Millman.
Passers-by to the London bookshop in Cecil Court looked transfixed to see the eye-catching CookieMonStar [pictured] in the Goldsboro shop window to mark the release of the title, published by Accent Press.
Cookie was helping to promote Life’s A Drag, which tells the story of Roz and Jamie who have moved to leafy Suffolk from London in search of a quiet life when they find the village embarking on its riotous annual drag competition. Fuelled by large quantities of alcohol and ubiquitous community spirit, the pair soon find themselves caught up in a battle for the identity of the village itself.
Accent Press’ owner Hazel Cushion described the book as “a heartwarming, generous – and drunken – debut taking ‘romance’ to entirely new places.”
Millman told The Bookseller: “I think the whole point that a drag queen in the window is marvelous. I have been told we are the first people to have three window displays at Goldsboro. People have just been walking past and staring, it is brilliant. Drag is all about fun, it is about display, so that is what we need to do, that is what we need to display.”
Author Janie Millman with CookieMonStar
Cookie said: “I haven’t been in a window like this since 1976 in Amsterdam. I genuinely love the book, it’s about two worlds colliding and what you realise is that when these two worlds do collide, if everyone take a bit of time and talk to each other, and for people to get to know each other.”
Millman added: “The book is for absolutely everyone, for men, women and drag queens, its for gays and straights.”