Openly gay Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat, will discuss the first authorized biography about his life Tuesday.

The recently-released Barney Frank: The Story of America's Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman was more than 5 years in the making and is based on interviews with more than 150 people.

Frank will discuss the book at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The public event will join the 69-year-old politician and his biographer Stuart Weisberg in the Student Union Ballroom.

Weisberg served for 10 years as chief counsel for the House Government Operations Subcommittee on Employment and Housing.

“This is a biography of perhaps the most fascinating and certainly the most entertaining political figure in Washington,” Weisberg says in the book's preface.

Weisberg follows Frank from his humble beginnings in working-class Bayonne, New Jersey to Harvard, where he later returns to earn his law degree, and the halls of Congress.

His early political life in Boston – as chief of staff to Mayor Kevin White – and his extraordinary 30 years in Washington politics are carefully dissected in the book's voluminous 584 pages.

The book also discusses Frank's coming out process, the gay sex scandal that threatened to end his political career, and the representative's pragmatic approach to gay and lesbian rights. The book, however, generally stays clear from the politician's personal life.

The free event is scheduled to begin at 11AM.