“Upon This Rock” is a tangled-web murder mystery set in Italy and Vatican City, with Catholic corruption, hidden homosexuality, the international refugee crisis, and much more in the mix. Long-time PR maven and Rainbow Honor Walk co-founder David Perry reads from and discusses his first novel and shares his take on how Bay Area hotels and small businesses are surviving the COVID crisis.
Among Perry’s many accomplishments, he’s founder and CEO of the successful PR firm David Perry & Associates and co-founded the Rainbow Honor Walk that features LGBTQ heroes on educational plaques embedded in the sidewalks of San Francisco’s Castro district. He was host and producer of 10 Percent, the longest running LGBTQ television interview program in California history, which aired for a decade on Comcast’s San Francisco public access channel until 2018. More recently, Perry has hosted “The Great Pause” and created and hosts “Ahoy” internet TV programs, featuring diverse insights on coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. He also serves as the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s small business chair and is a member of the San Francisco Hotel Council.
Upon This Rock is on schedule to be published Sept. 1. It has already earned glowing praise—including from acclaimed Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin, who writes: “Perry has written an elegant, twisty thriller in which a gay couple investigates a mysterious suicide in a scenic Italian hill town. It’s not hard to imagine that this book could do for Orvieto what Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil did for Savannah.” Guggenheim Fellow and author Fenton Johnson describes Upon This Rock as “The gay DaVinci Code, but a lot better.”