amidsummernightspress.com is an independent poetry publisher that publishes LGBT voices under its Body Language imprint. Authors include Julie R. Enszer, Raymond Luczak, David Bergman, Achy Obejas, Roz Kaveney, and others.
Adynaton Publishing adynatonpublishing.com strives to bring engaging books to a niche market. Our primary areas of concentration are LGBT history, nonfiction, fiction targeted to those LGBT/Leather/BDSM/Fetish audiences who are looking for something different. We are pleased to introduce our newest title, To Walk With Strangers, a dark and powerful psychosexual thriller by Vincent Andrews. One reviewer wrote, “This book is destined to be a work that will swirl in controversy. Much like Cruising was condemned in its day, this book will anger some because of its depiction of the leather scene as something dark and seedy. Yet, it is precisely that darkness that makes the tale so powerfully erotic.” Another described it as, “…a page-turner…an unlikely and unnerving cross between The Leatherman’s Handbook and American Psycho.”
…..Book Signing: … Vincent Andrews … 12:30–5:30pm
Aleksander Kargaltsev kargaltsev.com His photgraphic project “Asylum” (2011-2012) presented at 287 SPRING explores the lives of gay men who fled Russia for the United States because of the violence and hatred they have encountered in their motherland. For many of us living in New York, the idea that one could be forced to resettle across the globe only because of his or her sexual orientation may seem shocking and incomprehensible, but this is the reality that is so often left unnoticed. In 1991, when Russia opened its borders, a great number of LGBT individuals had no other choice but to flee from the abuse and mistreatment at the hands of their fellow citizens and the authorities, especially the police. Many asylum-seekers sought refuge in the countries of Western Europe and the United States. Kargaltsev’s series presents just a few of these tragic but inspiring stories, stories which often never a get a chance to be told.
….Book Signing: … Aleksander Kargaltsev … Noon–6pm
Ann Herendeen annherendeen.com writes from the Third Perspective, the woman who prefers a bisexual husband and an m/m/f menage. Ann will be selling copies of her two Harper Paperbacks, romantic comedies featuring bisexual heroes and the women and men who love them: Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander; and Pride/Prejudice, a finalist for the 2011 Lambda Literary Award in the Bisexual Fiction category. Ann will also have copies of the Gay City Anthology no. 4, “At Second Glance,” that includes her short story, .
A Charming Menage.……………………………………………………………..
Archer Publishing archer-books.com concentrates on how-to and life improvement themes and projects related to making the world (and yourself) more fun and beautiful. Archer Publishing is the publishing component of the LGBT media company Archer Media Networks.
………………………………………Book Signing:…HHassan Suddler….1:00–4:00pm
Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company http://www.bedazzledink.com is a small publisher with imprints devoted to lesbian fiction, speculative fiction, general fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books.
….Book Signing:…Doreen Perrine…Noon-6pm
Belhue Press perrybrass.com Since 1991, publisher of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and short stories about the greater gay experience for LGBT people and their friends.
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Bench Press benchpresspoetry.com poetry that exerts pressure at every point, and so achieves a momentary rest
bibliogay lulu.com/bibliogay gay history—texts and translations
Bluestockings Books bluestockings.com a bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We carry over 6000 titles on topics such as queer and gender studies, global capitalism, feminism, police and prisons, democracy studies, and black liberation. You can also find some good ‘ole smutty fiction. We also carry magazines, zines, journals, alternative menstrual products and other oddly hard-to-find good things.We host readings, workshops, performances, discussions and films almost every night. Please see our events calendar for details on upcoming events, and when visiting the store, take a look at our community bulletin board to learn about other events happening around the city. Our cafe offers delightful organic, vegan, and fair trade goodness. We’ve got darn good coffee brimming with zapatismo. —Independent Book Vendor for RBF5—
….. Book Signings: …. Martin Duberman….1:30
……………………………… Sarah Schulman …. 3:00
Bold Strokes Books boldstrokesbooks.com offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer fiction. BSBgenre fiction includes all romance sub-genres as well as action, adventure, crime, mystery/intrigue, and speculative fiction. BSB Victory (Lesbian) and Liberty (GBT) Editions include literary and popular general fiction exploring the LGBT experience in its many forms. BSB Matinee Books are all about romances: focused reads presenting passion, sexual attraction, and compelling connections in a tightly written, engaging package. Our Young Adult line, BSB Soliloquy, spans all genres and features a protagonist aged 14-18. BSB HeatStroke offers erotica for every pleasure while BSB Impressions, our digital-first line, presents cutting-edge stories in all genres. Our print books are conventionally produced and available worldwide through our Publisher’s webstore, Amazon, Baker and Taylor, Bella DIstribution, Ingram, and national/international wholesalers. All our titles are also available in digital form and sold through our Publisher’s webstore, Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and other third party retailers. With our streamlined digital distribution channels, we can offer a wide variety of titles with a shorter production cycle to meet the rapidly changing demands of the worldwide readership. — SPONSOR —
Bridesmen of Madison County amazon.com/MarkThornton
A beautiful five-star resort in the Pocono Mountains is the setting for the grand wedding of sexy Soap Opera star, Ricardo Santiago, and his fiancée, Kendra Koury. The wedding planner in charge of the event is Madison County, a hefty and outspoken fashion disaster in a blue satin blouse tucked into a baggy pair of white linen slacks over blue open-toed wedges. She lurks over her uproarious followers like the Evil Queen from a child’s nightmare. As the unsuspecting Bridesmen arrive, each brings unique drama, with an older man and his boy toy and a very cuddly leather bear only a sampling of the eclectic mix. The entire resort quickly becomes a media free-for-all with camera crews, television reporters and mobs of parasitic fans slithering about. Among the crowd is one particularly obnoxious reporter eager to uncover the many skeletons in the closets of the wedding couple and stake her claim to media fame. With her sharp eye and even sharper tongue, she hunts the audience like a starving king cobra looking for its prey. With its over-the-top drama, humor, and truths uncovered, both good and bad, Bridesmen of Madison County is a heartwarming novel of extraordinary people living extraordinary lives. See other books by Mark Thornton at markthorntonbooks.com
…..B ook Signing: ..Mark Thornton Noon–2pm and 3:00-5:00pm
Can Christians Be Saved? A Mystical Path To Oneness amazon.com/Can-Christians-Saved-Mystical-Oneness
by Virginia T. Stephenson and Buck A. Rhodes. Sacred literature is relived as a personal spiritual experience, guiding the reader to explore sacred texts as initiatory pathways to personal truth. Can Christians be Saved? Yes, Christians and others can be saved by experiencing the world through non-duality or oneness. By this means, experience replaces dogma as the source of beliefs. The authors share their personal experiences of delving deep into the meaning of stories and allegories from the Bible and from a variety of other traditions, including Hindu, Buddhist and modern New Age sources. The technique offered–and dramatized through the authors’ sharing of their own personal experiences—is to approach religious imagery and myth as one would a dream, understanding and analyzing the symbols to discover greater meaning, and the truth of the divine experienced within. The dualistic world view of Western religions promotes separation, hatred and wars as well as guilt, suffering and punishment. The non-dualistic world view of oneness removes judgments and separation leading to love and peace. This process facilitates the evolution of human consciousness, creating a world of Oneness, love and acceptance. Virginia Stephenson, a trans woman, and Buck Rhodes, a gay man, document their personal journeys as they reexamined these texts from this different world view.
Cassandra Allen allencass.wix.com/terrybirchwood Even though I use a pseudonym ‘Terry Birchwood’ to write erotic thrillers, I am a real person. I am a product of my parents, foremothers, forefathers and the Almighty. I am a soup of flesh and souls. I am reincarnation. I am living with gifts and challenges. I am an element of existence. I am aware that what my eyes see is not all there is to see. I am a ‘one of a kind’ architect of my design. Drawing from my design, I seek to make the world a better place. I believe that we accomplish more fruitful things with positive forces than we do with negative ones. Contrary to the belief of some, there’s no shame in being positive. It’s not vulnerability. It is the ultimate power source to affect goodwill on humanity. We must take down the rough, protective, distrusting exteriors; and we must come together to pay it forward , heal the earth, and love each other. One of the ways that I wish to unite people is through my erotic book line. I challenge you to tear down judgment, preconceived notions, and negative thinking. Rinse your minds of what you have been conditioned to believe, and take a walk with me on the wild side of love – where humans are tested to the brink of existence. Read about what people are willing to do for love, hate and everything in between as I challenge you to examine your own motives and how they affect your actions. My first book, Ghostwriter, concentrates on two powerful women torn apart by one simple lie. They will be tested by family, friends and loved ones to determine if their relationship is built on love, lust, betrayal or a combination of elements.
….Book Signings:…. Cassandra Allen Ghostwriter…. Noon–6pm
For those who purchase a copy before the event, they are welcome to bring it for a signature. Printed copies will be available at the function for $10.
Charlie Casso charliecasso.com Charlie Casso writes with the acerbic wit of David Sedaris and the NYC stylings of Augusten Burroughs. Better yet, he punctuates his premiere novel, Going Down and Moving On, with vivacious photography that rivals David LaChapelle. Charlie Casso is a proud New York City native.
Charlie The Matchmaker CharlieTheMatchmaker.com has worked with hundreds of clients to help them find love throughout the NY metro area. Love Made Easy, is a compilation of advice blogs written by Charlie, to assist his clients from his matchmaking business with finding love and happiness in their lives. Charlie is also a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and My Lifestyle Magazine. He has been seen and heard on numerous TV and radio shows, most recently SiriusXM and Fox News Latino.
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies web.gc.cuny.edu/clags provides a platform and encourages intellectual leadership in addressing issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and other sexual and gender minorities. As the first university-based LGBT research center in the United States, CLAGS nurtures cutting-edge scholarship; organizes colloquia for examining and affirming LGBT lives; and fosters network-building among academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members. CLAGS stands committed to maintaining a broad program of public events, online projects, and fellowships that promote reflection on queer pasts, presents, and futures. CLAGS makes its home at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. — SPONSOR —
Cleis Press cleispress.com publishes works in the areas of fiction and LGBTQ studies, as well as romance, erotica, how-to sex guides, human rights, memoir, and women’s studies. We’re based in Berkeley, California, and we have the best furry, four-legged office manager in the business. We specialize in intelligent and edgy content, and are well-known for disseminating “smart smut.” Cleis Press is the largest independent queer publishing company in the United States, and we celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2005. Among many lesbian, feminist, and gay presses that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, Cleis is one of the only presses that is still run by its founders. Felice Newman and Frédérique Delacoste founded Cleis Press in 1980, and have worked together as co-publishers ever since.
.…B ook Signing: ….Laura Antoniou and DL King Noon–6:00pm
Eric Gober www.ericgober.com In Eric Gober’s Secrets of the Other Side, Neil Ostwinkle’s growing up in a Las Vegas trailer court, where he realizes early on he’d rather marry the Professor than Mary Ann or Ginger. He prefers Aunt Louise’s colorful makeup kits to drab green army men, and he swaps clothes with his best bud, Rebecca, because her silky dresses feel like magic on his skin. But in school he learns being different has frightening consequences and keeps his desires secret. Neil can’t understand why his mom shackles him with one bad stepfather after another. She marries and divorces a mooch, a two-timer, and a pyromaniac. When he hits puberty, he learns you can’t always keep your heart from going wild. His first relationships are traumatic, but when Neil meets Clark, he grabs hold tight. Finally, he’s convinced love is here to stay, only to discover AIDS may steal Clark away. Neil summons help from unusual friends like Jacaranda Stump, a king-sized drag queen, and fights a bitter battle on Clark’s behalf. Neil comes of age in the Eighties and Nineties, a tumultuous time for gay youths. Facing societal prejudice, family strife, loss, and marriage
inequality, Neil battles to make a life of his own.
…. Signing:…Eric Gober…Noon-6pm
Everybody Paddles everybodypaddles.com The mission of Everybody Paddles is to create open dialogue, action opportunities while understanding that everybody is required for everything. There is not one unifying goal. Within each of our lives—professional, personal, communal and social—whatever the intended goal, interest or desired outcome that the group has identified requires an active commitment from all. For example, as a CEO, my organization’s mission is to enhance the lives of others. It’s important for all employees to understand our purpose, act in accordance with our values, and execute our mission. Everybody! I need all of the great staff of the organization to paddle daily for others. The goal will be different for each organization, each family, each state and each sports team. everybodypaddles.wordpress.com
….Book Signing:…Charles Archer…Noon-6pm
Firehouse Publishing www.firehousepublications.com Though Firehouse Publishing is a relatively new enterprise founded in 2010, we have over 40 titles to our credit, some via larger print houses like Schiffer Publishing and Green Candy Press. We focus on three main genre; figurative fine art books, educational titles, and humor. Our most popular projects include titles like 100 Artists of the Male Figure, and the quarterly series The Art of Man, now in its 12th edition. Our books are carried by boutique bookstores, larger traditional stores like Rizzoli’s of Manhattan..
….Book Signing: .E. Gibbons . . . Noon-6pm
The FIRE!! Press www.firepress.com publishes a quality reproduction of FIRE!!, a literary landmark of the Harlem Renaissance, original copies of which are excessively rare. It included Bruce Nugent’s “Smoke, Lilies and Jade”–the first published work by an African American writer to openly celebrate same-sex desire between men. The FIRE!! Press also sells books of gay and black interest.
For Beginners ® forbeginnersbooks.com is the graphic nonfiction series that deconstructs complex ideas and makes them accessible to the everyday reader. Every book in the series serves one purpose: to present the works of great thinkers and subjects alike in a straightforward, accessible manner. With subjects ranging from philosophy, to politics, to art and beyond, the For Beginners series covers a range of topics in a humorous comic book-style. Every book takes a comprehensible approach that respects the intelligence of its audience. Dedicated to Glenn Thompson, the inventor and the inspiration for the series.
The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide glreview.com/ The Mission of The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide (G&LR) is to provide a forum for enlightened discussion of issues and ideas of importance to lesbians and gay men; to advance gay and lesbian culture by providing a quality vehicle for its best writers and thinkers; and to educate a broader public on gay and lesbian topics.
GayRomLit GayRomLit.com Where romance comes out and the tribe comes together. This year’s event will occur October 17-20, 2013 at the Hotel Meliá in Atlanta Georgia. GRL is an annual retreat of authors and readers focused on the good and the growth of the LGBT romance community. A reader-focused event, GRL’s intent is to bring together the people who create and celebrate LGBT romance for a one-of-a-kind, must-attend gathering of dynamic, informal, and diverse fun. Because the retreat rotates to a new city each year, the organizers are able to keep things fresh with custom events while still maintaining a spirit of familiarity and family. From raucous parties to mellow tête á têtes, GRL is the place to connect with old friends and find family you didn’t know you had. This is the must-attend event for all who enjoy creating, reading, and publishing gay romance. Registration is limited to a maximum of 400 people so don’t delay. We hope to see you in Atlanta!. — SPONSOR —
GO Magazine gomag.com The cultural roadmap for city girls everywhere. GO Magazine is the nation’s most widely read free lesbian publication. GO is distributed in 25 cities across the United States.
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great weather for MEDIA greatweatherformedia.com focuses on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative. “Out of the matinstream and away from the tributaries!” We are based in New York City and showcase both national and international writers. As well as publishing the highest quality poetry and prose, we organize numerous readings and events in New York City .and across the country.
…………………………………………………Book Signing:…Aimee Herman…3:30pm
Greenberg Adoption greenbergadoption.com
In 1993, Greenberg Adoption: The Law Offices of Clifford L. Greenberg was established to help individuals and couples adopt children into loving families. Since then, we have helped more than 4,000 New York families become enriched and whole through the adoption process. Our founding attorney Clifford Greenberg is committed to helping clients adopt the children they love. In fact, he has devoted his entire legal career working with children and families. After law school, he worked for the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan and helped place foster children into loving, permanent homes. He also has extensive experience providing counsel to numerous agencies and adoptive parents. Mr. Greenberg’s passion to guide families through the adoption process remains the backbone of our law firm. At Greenberg Adoption, we believe that a couple’s right to form a family through an adoption should not be inhibited by their sexual preference. Family law attorney Clifford Greenberg is also a published children’s book author who uses his legal and writing skills to support his clients’ civil rights. He recently wrote Living the Dream with Mommy and Mama, a book celebrating the loving relationship between a same-sex couple and their daughter and Freedom For Us All, a story about the battle for same-sex marriage. … —SPONSOR—
Greater New York Independent Publishers Association gnyipa.blogspot.com offers personal support and promotional opportunities for small press publishers, self-published writers, people in the book arts (editors, designers, publicists), and people planning to write and publish books. GNYIPA helps sponsor group tables at book fairs, events and readings, as well as group efforts to help your work and career.…
Hellfire Press hellfirepress.com is the publishing site of the photographic world of Efrain John Gonzalez. My unique collection of The Erotic, The Extreme, The incredible! In my travels, I have created a photographic collection of incredible phographic images, images of Real life beneath the calm dream of daily life. Welcome to my galleries of the incredible. Here you will find a collection of my best and most creative photos. Feel free to travel through my pages and view my galleries of erotic adult art, and enjoy my unique visions. I cxan say what my crazy vision is you know…all those thing that I get to see and turn into an image that you drool over. Call me crazy…but I love it.
JC Etheredge anti-heroes.net Illustrator, JC Etheredge and gay publishing giant Bruno Gmunder have teamed up to release Tongue in Cheek, an 80-page, hardcover collection spanning ten years of gay erotic drawings! Bruno Gmunder curates this selection, which is mostly work Etheredge was commissioned to draw but also has a spattering of his own personal creations. Bruno Gmunder: “JC Etheredge’s drawings are sexy, funny, charming, and outright provocative! This book is filled to the brim with absurd situations, hilarious anecdotes, and romantic dreams.” …Um yeah, and also huge cartoon penises! “JC has a unique style that isn’t afraid to blend sensuality, sexuality and humor.”, from the foreword written by Patrick Fillion.…
Justin Hernandez justinhernandez.net is the author of Inside the Vortex. It is a confessional memoir that chronicles the abuse he endured as a child, his reluctance to be one hundred percent truthful about it, and how that affected his choices as an adult. From his upbringing in New York to a cross-country move to Los Angeles for a dance career, every tumultuous episode of his life is examined in this book. Justin leaves no stone unturned as he shares wild escapades, reflections on heartbreaks, entertainment industry musings, and what really goes on behind the scenes in the gay stripper world. Inside the Vortex is one man’s detailed account of his sins and addictions while on the road to redemption and recovery.
K. Murry Johnson kmurryjohnson.com In his breakout novel, K. Murry Johnson combines two never before paired genres: black gay and vampire fiction. Set in Louisiana, Image of Emeralds and Chocolate masterfully explores the past and the present. The novel speaks to all who have ever dreamed of finding romance, and captures the national obsession with vampires. The story follows Eric Peterson, a talented high school senior enrolled in a creative writing course at Loyola University. Insecure and inexperienced, he often daydreams about finding love. His fantasies quickly become reality when a strikingly attractive new student, Marquis LeBlanc, is assigned as his writing partner. But the man of Eric’s dreams is hiding something. Marquis has been severely depressed for a very long time. His therapeutic motive for enrolling in a writing class is abruptly derailed when he unexpectedly falls in love for the second time in his life. If Marquis reveals his secret, will Eric accept him…or even believe him? K. Murry Johnson holds masters degrees from Rollins
College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his
undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Image of Emeralds and Chocolate represents the culmination of a 13-year journey: to create a unique and meaningful black gay love story that
brings to life the seductive, elusive world of vampires. He
lives with his boyfriend in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kin wearekin.org Kin is a part of a vibrant, interactive literary community with links around the world. Constantly moving, constantly innovating, constantly reaching out across the globe for new poets and new readers, Kin strives to bring your work to the widest possible audience. We are not only an online literary magazine. We take full advantage of the multimedia possibilities offered by the Web to showcase your writing. We are Kin. We are here for you.
Latino/Latina Queer Writers Collective brings together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all writers who identify as queer and Latina/o to promote, nurture, develop, advance their written word. The collective welcomes new writers to the scene and strives to help lit-event organizers find emerging, evolving and established voices and talent.
. .Book Signings:
..Yoseli Castillo …2:00-3:00pm
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Lesléa Newman lesleanewman.com is a writer and anthologist, whose 65 books include the short story collection, A Letter to Harvey Milk, the novel, The Reluctant Daughter, and the children’s classic, Heather Has Two Mommies. Her newest book, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard is a cycle of 68 poems that explores the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder from various fictitious points of view, including the fence to which he was tied, the stars that watched over him, and a deer who kept him company throughout the night.
….. Book Signing:… Lesléa Newman…2:30–3:00 and 4:00–6:00
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art leslielohman.org is the first and only dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art, and foster the artists who create it. Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents, the Museum has a permanent collection of over 12,000 objects, spanning more than three centuries of queer art. We host 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, panel discussions, readings and other events. In addition, we publish The Archive— a quarterly art newsletter and maintain a substantial research library. The Museum is the premier resource for anyone interested in the rich legacy of the LGBTQ community and its influence on and confrontation with the mainstream art world. There is no other organization in the world like it. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is operated by the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who have supported LGBTQ artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the LGBTQ art community by informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter its doors.
Lethe Press lethepressbooks.com is an independent publishing house specializing in speculative fiction, books of gay interest, poetry, spirituality, as well as classic works of the occult & supernatural. Named after the Greek river of memory and forgetfulness (and pronounced Lee-Thee), Lethe Press is devoted to ideas that are often neglected or forgotten by mainstream publishers. Founded in 2001 by author Steve Berman, Lethe Press has grown steadily in its first few years. Our books have been finalists for, and in cases won, such awards as the Andre Norton, Gaylactic Spectrum, Golden Crown Literary, and Lambda Literary Awards. Our anthologies have featured the works of many acclaimed and New York Times best-selling authors.
The Life and Times of Tony D www.tonyDandMe.com chronicles the love lives and adventures of a group of guys and a girl in a gay social dodgeball league.
L.M. Dawson www.lmdawson.com is from New York City and was watching some adult programming one night when he had a vision. “I thought: Why not? I decided to share my experiences as a gay man with the rest of the world. This book of poetry is the brain child of that night,” said Dawson. Gay Erotic Poems has a little something for any gay man who enjoys reading or watching erotica. A fun mixture of reality and fantasy, Dawson’s poetry is about passion, fun, romance and action. 30 different poems feature scenarios and different topics that appeal to most gay men. “It was fun to do this,” Dawson said, “there is a deep, rich history of erotic poetry through history, so this is really nothing new. The fact the poetry is designed specifically for gay men is just a bonus for many.”
National Writers Union nwu.org/ The National Writers Union UAW Local 1981 is the only labor union that represents freelance writers. Now, more than ever, with the consolidation of power into the hands of ever-larger corporate entities and with the advent of technologies that facilitate the exploitation of a writer’s work, writers need an organization with the clout and know-how to protect our interests. One that will forge new rules for a new era. Combining the strength of more than 1,200 members in our 13 chapters with the support of the United Automobile Workers, the NWU works to advance the economic and working conditions of all writers. Our members also directly benefit from the many valuable services the Union offers—including grievance assistance, contract advice, and much more—while actively contributing to a growing movement of professional freelancers who have banded together to assert their collective power.
Natty Soltesz nattysoltesz.com Natty Soltesz’s debut book Backwoods (Queer Mojo, 2011) was a 2011 Lambda Award finalist. Conceived as a gay-themed erotic take on Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio , Backwoods is a novel-in-stories of the steamy underside of rural America; the back roads, back doors and back rooms of a town called Groom, Pennsylvania. Featuring nine beautiful black and white illustrations by master erotic illustrator Michael Kirwan, Backwoods is by turn poignant and pornographic, romantic and raunchy, tender and titillating. …
Next Door Magazine
is smart and sophisticated, without abandoning the entertaining and erotic—an adult magazine for adults that isn’t about age, but Maturity. …. — SPONSOR —
NEXT Magazine www.nextmagazine.com is “New York’s Gay Guide”—a weekly comprehensive lifestyle resource for all gay New Yorkers, regardless of skin color, ethnic background or economic status. Since 1991, we have aimed to highlight both the popular and under the radar events, personalities and products that appeal to such a diverse range of gay men, especially when those stories are about gay New Yorkers themselves. Colorful, fun and always with a good sense of humor, Next’s provocative commentary on nightlife, entertainment, politics, fashion, sports and celebrity informs its community and engages its readers in order to help the Big Apple maintain its vital and supportive gay legacy. Next Magazine is available on a weekly basis throughout New York City, Upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Fire Island, Provincetown and Rehoboth and 24/7 internationally through its web component. — MEDIA SPONSOR —
Pagan Press paganpressbooks.com was founded in 1982 to “publish books of interest to the intelligent gay man.”
Perfectbound Press perfectboundpress.com was started in 2009 by David Stein to publish high-quality erotica and nonfiction about BDSM and Mastery/slavery primarily by and for gay men. David’s own Ask the Man Who Owns Him: The real lives of gay Masters and slaves comprises nonfiction profiles of 16 M/s couples and triads who had been together at least three years when they were interviewed; it won the National Leather Association-International’s 2010 Geoff Mains Award for Nonfiction. Boots, Bondage, and Beatings collects shorter leathersex fiction David wrote since his massive novel, Carried Away: An S/M Romance , was published in 2002 by Daedalus (this will also be for sale at the Perfectbound Press table). In 2010, PP published The Slave Journals and Other Tales of the Old Guard , a novella and 17 short stories by Thom Magister, best known for his essay about the 1950s, “One Among Many,” in the landmark anthology Leatherfolk edited by Mark Thompson. And the most recent PP title is Winner Takes All , a collection of Master/slave fantasies by the prolific gay author Christopher Pierce. The last two titles are also available as ebooks from Amazon.com, BN.com , and iTunes. More PP books are in the works! ….
The Prodigy Publishing Group prodigypublishinggroup.com is a publishing house designed to add a level of mystery and suspense to African American fiction. Our novels present strong characters of color, while entertaining readers of all races.
…. Book Signing: ..
…. Rahiem Brooks & Kristofer Clarke …. Noon-6pm
Purple Books Publishing purpledistinctions.com Purple Books Publishing and Purple Distinctions Affordable Self-Publishing are lesbian owned and operated companies focusing on quality publications for, by, and about the LGBT communities.
Queer Street Books queerstreetbooks.com publishes queer history, political thought, LGBT memoirs and poetry, and literary and erotic fiction by and about the Queer Community. The editors at Queer Street Books believe that queer lives, queer thoughts and queer words can inspire and challenge, engage and enlighten, inform and enliven the lives and minds of culturally curious readers. Queer Street is the place to knock on literary doors, visit new authors and settle in with a cup of tea and a plateful of new ideas.
…. Book Signing: The Rainbow Curriculum: Teaching Teens About LGBT Issues ,
………………………… by Hal W. Lanse, PhD …. Noon-6pm
Qwest Films www.Qwestfilms.com is a film production company and publishing house actively engaged in entertaining its audience via production of motion pictures, television and theatrical shows, and books. Our vision is to create, develop, mold and produce spectacular and unique entertainment that will enthrall and inspire audiences around the world.
…. Book Signing: …. Kanithea Powell Butch …. Noon-6:00pm
The Random House LGBT Network randomhouse.com was created to provide: a supportive environment to all employees who share the common idea of nurturing workplace diversity; a forum for professional and social opportunities; create community among the LGBT individuals at RH; increase awareness of LGBT authors and books within the community.
.. .. Random House Reading Showcase
…. Mark Brennan Rosenberg, Eating My Feelings
, … Renaissance Room B .. 5:00–5:20pm
Reed Massengill email@example.com Reed Massengill is a widely published writer and photographer whose most recent books, Uncovered: Rare Vintage Male Nudes (2009) and Quaintance: The Art of George Quaintance (2010), were published by Rizzoli/Universe and Taschen, respectively.
Renair Amin www.lifestylinwithrenair.com Claiming Brooklyn as her home, native Philadelphian Renair Amin is a true reflection of a “LifeStyler.” Renair has turned her tribulations into avenues of encouragement, inspiration and change. Under her life coaching practice, Spiritual Pit Stop Life Solutions, Renair launched Life Stylin’ with Renair to help individuals to “live life fabulous, again!” Already a Certified Relationship Coach, Renair took her teachings along with her own personal methodologies and created Reciprocity with Renair for couples who “love to give and give to love.” Being a licensed minister and a certified spiritual coach has helped her to understand that only through a Higher Power are all things possible and this paradigm she shares with the world. She has published a collection of poetry, Mental Silhouette and a self-help book, Pit Crew: How to Survive a Spiritual Pit Stop and will also release Domestically Cursed: A Story on Partnership Violence, a non-fiction eBook in April 2013. Renair Amin believes her Voice is her Purpose and uses it to help others turn their testimony into their living testament. Pit Crew: How to Survive a Spiritual Pit Stop is filled with accounts of how she overcame her own personal tragedies, she uses racing as a metaphor for life to give the reader two essentials—instructions on track navigation and insight on developing their own support structure, affectionately known as the Pit Crew.
Riptide Publishing riptidepublishing.com Riptide Publishing is a boutique purveyor of some of the finest LGBTQ fiction, romance, and erotica available today. Riptide Publishing seeks to fill a critical niche in the LGBTQ market: top-quality books, pristinely packaged, that satisfy readers’ desires for rich, plotty, well-edited stories they’ll want to read again and again. — SPONSOR —
Riverdale Avenue Books (RAB) riverdaleavebooks.com is at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. We publish ebooks and audio books monthly under five imprints: Riverdale Pop, pop culture titles; Riverdale/Magnus Books, a joint venture with award-winning publisher Magnus Books, LGBT titles; Riverdale HSF, a horror, science fiction and fantasy line; Riverdale Truth, an erotic memoir line; and Riverdale Desire, an erotica and erotic romance imprint. Riverdale Ave Books was created to give readers the same immediate gratification they have come to expect from all forms of entertainment. Each imprint of RAB represents a genre that we believe is consumable and will keep our readers coming back for more. We will give readers the books they cRAVE. …
RYE ryethenovel.com For the past twenty-six years,
Sam Rosenthal has been the lyricist for the underground rock band Black Tape For A Blue Girl. They have ten self-released albums with over 100,000 sales worldwide. The band’s fans include filmmaker David Lynch and actress Sasha Grey. RYE is his first venture into the
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the savant garde workshop ArtemisSmith.com and Morpurgo.org has been in operation as an underground press since being founded by ArtemisSmith in 1948 and was just recently admitted to full active membership in AAP (Association of American Publishers). It now operates as the publishing subsidiary of THE SAVANT GARDE INSTITUTE, a 501(c)(3) educational multinational ‘futurist think tank’ based in the USA, promoting projects in the arts and sciences that further critical thinking and “the creation of Beauty in the Human Subject.” Its image, stylized by its founder, is Unisex and Gender-free, Post-racial and Post-gender. It is open to working with and receiving material from serious artists and writers of eventual Nobel Prize calibre. Its budget is limited, but it is distributed on-demand by Ingram/Lightning Source, and endowed with a long list of as-yet unused ISBN’s by R.R. Bowker, awaiting just the right submissions from the best creative minds of all generations. Volunteer Internships are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
….. Special “Queer Treasure” Showcase …. Artemis Smith …
….. Renaissance Room B …. 4:10-4:22
Select Books selectbooks.com Established in 2001, SelectBooks is a general interest trade publisher located in NYC. Author, Gilles Herrada will attend and present his new book The Missing Myth: A New Vision of Same-Sex Love . missing myth tip sheet
Seven Stories Press sevenstories.com Founded in 1995 in New York City and named for the seven authors who committed to a home with a fiercely independent spirit, Seven Stories Press publishes works of the imagination and political titles by voices of conscience. While most widely known for its books on politics, human rights, and social and economic justice, Seven Stories continues to champion literature, with a list encompassing both innovative debut novels and National Book Award–winning poetry collections, as well as prose and poetry translations from the French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Greek, Polish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Arabic. Our works of the imagination feature writers like Nelson Algren, Kate Braverman, Octavia Butler, Linh Dinh, Assia Djebar, Ariel Dorfman, Annie Ernaux, Barry Gifford, Hwang Sok-yong, Stanley Moss, Lee Stringer, and Kurt Vonnegut. Some of our voices of conscience include Russell Banks, Kate Bornstein, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Shere Hite, Human Rights Watch, Derrick Jensen, Inga Muscio, Ralph Nader, Project Censored, Barbara Seaman, Gary Webb, and Howard Zinn.
A Short Jew in the body of a Tall Wasp markokunbooks.com by Mark Okun and Hillary L. Brower (Dog Ear Publishing, 2013) is a humorous but poignant tale of the struggles of a young flamboyant and rebellious young man raised in the warmth of his adopted family then casting his fate to the wind as he navigates his early life on his own against the backdrop of the tumultuous times. Mark tries to find how he fits in his world and his antics along the way are a true joy to share. His tall blonde and blue eyed good looks as a young gay man opened the doors at an early age for acceptance into the world of hard partying, rock and roll, drugs and sex. It was a wild ride but came with its toll to pay. When the alcohol and drugs wore off and the epidemic of AIDS hit hard it was the strong family values of his short dark complexioned parents that provided him with the strength to overcome the odds. The book is filled with colorful characters of the times in the gay world of 1970s and 80s . He tells stories of the party life, the struggles in the gay community for acceptance and how everything crashed as he watched as his friends one by one get sick and die from this unknown disease. Finally coming full circle by choosing sobriety and a healthier lifestyle he is encouraged to find his biological family. Mark Okun is a practicing hairdresser with clientele in Miami, Palm Beach, and Memphis Tennessee. His home base is New York City at Salon 02 located at 20 West 22nd St in NYC. His life experiences formed the body of the book A Short Jew In the Body of a Tall WASP . His love for his craft, and his solid family values helped navigate him through the most difficult times. Hillary L. Brower is currently a practicing attorney at Hillary L. Brower, LLC, 190 Highway 18, East Brunswick email@example.com . Her practice is primarily criminal defense and family law. Her overriding passion is for writing. Ms. Brower has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Her many years of experience as an attorney inspired her to write short stories.
Shye facebook.com/shyegirlproductions?ref=hlis a performing poet who considers herself a “voice for those yet unable to speak.” She has appeared in the Inaugural edition of Kalyani Magazine , which featured The Cleansing , her first published work. She facilitates a writing workshop for LGBT youth and young adults who struggle with the circumstances of growing up LGBT. The HealLink Circle shows these young people that words may hurt, but they also have healing power. Shye also co-chairs Djeli Writing Ministry, the writing ministry of UFC NewArk. She is a co-facilitator of Sensual Healing, a couple’s workshop designed to assist couples with the art of fine tuning the five senses to their opportune love frequency. Shye will appear on a panel to discuss Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community. She has co-written a play, Suga-Free with Kevin E. Taylor as well as performed at The Bronx Community Center; Mo Beasley’s “UrbanErotika” at the Bowery, NYC; Stoney Mae Production’s. “Waiting All My Life” Marriage Equality Concert; LLC Wellness ”EMPOWERED by Love” Concert. She was a co-producer, regular performer and one-time feature at Pmyner’s “Speak Your Mine” Open Mic series. Shye currently hosts, “Crack the Mic”, a monthly Open Mic series at the Artisan Collective in Newark and co-hosts, “LPJ’s Friday Night Jam” and appears as a contributor on the Women Writers in Bloom.
Sibling Rivalry Press siblingrivalrypress.com Founded in 2010, Sibling Rivalry Press is an independent publishing house based in Alexander, Arkansas. Our mission is to develop, promote, and market underground artistic talent—those who don’t quite fit into the mainstream. We are proud to be the home to Assaracus , the world’s only print journal of gay male poetry, and to Jonathan , our journal of gay fiction. Our titles have been honored by the American Library Association through inclusion on its annual “Over the Rainbow” list of recommended LGBT reading and by Library Journal , who named Assaracus as a best new magazine of 2011. While we champion our LGBTIQ authors and artists, we are an inclusive publishing house and welcome all authors, artists, and readers regardless of sexual orientation or identity.
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…. Sibling Rivalry Reading Showcase …. 1:30–1:50pm …. Renaissance Room B
Sinister Wisdom SinisterWisdom.org is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes three issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Sinister Wisdom recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences and to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world.
Storm Moon Press stormmoonpress.com Founded in 2010, Storm Moon Press is a small print and digital publisher providing quality QUILTBAG fiction. Storm Moon Press constantly tests the boundaries of the QUILTBAG genre, going beyond romance and into all aspects of fiction while never sacrificing high quality standards.
SURVIVAL HOUSE 1977, 758 HAIGHT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO leisurefeat.com is a self published book by its author, Bruce Pavlow. The book is based on a video documentary he shot in 1977 while attending the University of California, Berkeley. The book documents one of the very first LGBT halfway houses in the U.S. and consists of interviews and photographs. Bruce Pavlow has shown his photography and video work in numerous galleries and museums. SURVIVAL HOUSE 1977, 758 HAIGHT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO
…. Book signing: … Bruce Pavlow …. Noon-6pm
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Author, artist, filmmaker Douglas Blair Turnbaugh wil be presenting Free Hand: Sketchbook Drawings from 1940-Present ,by Douglas Blair Turnbaugh, New York and Innsbruck, 2013; Beat It: 28 Drawings by Douglas Blair Turnbaugh , New York 1983; Cherubim and the Ecstacy of Saint Teresa: Photo portrait heads of men before, during and after Orgasm , New York, 2009; Patrick Angus: Los Angeles Drawings , New York and Berlin, 2003; Duncan Grant and the Bloombury Group , Bloomsbury Books, 1987. Plus a selection of rare editions of fine arts titles from Allerheiligenpresse/All Saints Press, Innsbruck, Austria.
Three annemarie-monahan.com (PM/Flashpoint Press, 2012) by Annemarie Monahan. One yellow April morning, a 17-year-old girl asks herself, “Do I dare to eat a peach?” What she decides will send her life in one of three radically different directions. That morning is long past. Now she is forty-one. On one life path, she calls herself Ántonia. She’s barely survived the implosion of a lesbian Utopian commune, one built on an abandoned oil rig. Her lost Eden built by Eves. On another path, she is Katherine, a physician. Memory of two lovers chafes her like a hair shirt. After the death of one, she contacts the other: the deeply religious Amanda. On a third, she is Kitty. She’s been happily married for twenty-three years. Happily enough. Until her professor asks her for coffee and kisses her. Who are we? Who haven’t we been? Have we dared? Three of one woman’s possible lives are about to collide. As beautifully written as it is thought-provoking, Three is literature for grown-ups. It is for anyone who has ever yearned—for a person, for a better world, for the whisper of the sacred. As one advance reader wrote, “If Woolf, Winterson, and Russ set sail for that lighthouse together, the result might be Three .”
Three Rooms Press http://www.threeroomspress.com Since 1993, Three Rooms Press has been a leading independent publisher of cut-the-edge, real-life poetry, fiction, drama and art. Inspired by Dada predecessor Arthur Cravan, TRP publishes and promotes work that inspires in unique, thrilling, fearless and intimate style. In addition, TRP produces and promotes a variety of events; since 1992 it has staged major cultural events in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, London, Corsica and more, including poetry readings, plays, writing workshops, seminars, musical events and one-of-a-kind madcap concoctions.
Tom Baker Book s tombakerbooks.com Full Frontal by Tom Baker It is August of 1957, and Tim Halladay, a caddie at the Long Shore Country Club, is looking forward to beginning eighth grade at Assumption School. Tim and his best friend and fellow caddie, Jimmy, are best friends and oblivious to the fact that they are slowly transforming into young men with secret desires. As Tim embarks on a journey of emotional and sexual developments, he approaches the world around him with a “full frontal” attitude that allows him to somehow not only survive but thrive, beginning with his first gay experiences as a shy teenager in suburban Connecticut and moving through his escapades at a Virginia army base, the Hotel Manhattan, the Museum of Modern Art, the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel, to his first three-way with cute Greenwich Village neighbors, or tending a mafia-owned gay bar, or becoming involved in unexpectedly hilarious jury duty sequestration. As Tim moves from one encounter to the next, he gradually transforms, moving toward a future as a rising star.
….. Book Signing: … Tom Baker … Noon-6:00pm
Top Pen Press toppenpress.com publishes work that illuminates, confronts and perplexes perceptions of queer people of color. The goal of the press is to foster greater personal and intellectual investigation and understanding of the complexities of lives outside the heterosexual, American mainstream by publishing meticulously well-written literary novels, short story and essay collections, anthologies, as well as poetry. Top Pen Press seeks to introduce and promote the most provocative and creative writers of these new queer times.
Topside Press www.topsidepress.com
is a new publisher of transgender fiction.
Trans-Genre Press Trans-Genre.net/Trans-Genre-Press was founded in 2012 with the vision of publishing the creative works of the Transgender and greater Gender Variant communities. Our first book, Seasonal Velocities—Poems, Stories and Essays by Ryka Aoki, was published in 2012 and is a 2013 Lambda Award Finalist in Transgender Nonfiction.
…. Book Signings: …. Ryka Aoki …. 4:00-6pm
The Traveler’s Companion davidfoleyplays.com David Foley’s wryly romantic first novel takes place in the summer of 1985, when the dollar was high and young American backpackers flooded into Europe looking for culture, adventure, and maybe some love in a foreign language. Mark Dearborn, just out of college and not quite out of the closet, lands in Europe with his much more freewheeling friend Lint. They hit the high spots from London to Paris, where they meet Ricka, a needy and erratic American girl, and her friend Philip, a priest-in-training. The four travel to Venice together where, among their various romantic entanglements, Mark finds himself torn between a sexy older American and a moody young Italian—until a disastrous side trip to Rome rearranges everything. David Foley is a playwright and novelist living in New York. His plays include Nance O’Neil , Paradise , S ad Hotel , Cressida Among the Greeks , The Murders at Argos , Deadly Murder , A Hole in the Fence , Suffering the Witch , and The Last Days of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, in Exile .
Troubling the Line and Authors Showcasing the new release from Nightboat Books, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics edited by Tim Trace Peterson and TC Tolbert. Troubling the Line author EC Crandall will sell and sign their 2012 co-authored queer satire, Executive Privilege .
…. Book Signing: …. EC Crandall …. Noon-6pm
Unshattered Dreams unshattereddreams.com is a must-read self-help book that will benefit anyone who had mild conflicts to severe abuse or trauma in childhood. If you had a difficult childhood then you know the challenges you face in trying to live a happy and successful life. This is because you may still be struggling with the aftermath of what you endured. Imagine what your life would be like if you could break free, so that you can fulfill your heart’s desires. This groundbreaking book guides you on a journey that will inspire you to transcend your troubled past. Paul Novello is an author, therapist and life coach in New York City. Paul has always been passionate about personal growth and development, and he loves to explore the possibilities. He enjoys inspiring others to discover their true selves, reach for their goals and dreams, and create the lives they truly desire. Recognizing and responding to a definite need, Paul created and developed Life Solutions for Gay Men, a personal development resource to empower gay men to achieve personal, professional, and financial success. He formerly produced and hosted a live radio talk show, “Gay Life Solutions.” This was a featured show in New York City through Equality Pride Radio on AM 1600 WWRL. Additionally, Paul has an extensive background in the performing arts and he has studied and applied various techniques throughout the years, including meditation, progressive relaxation, emotional freedom technique, and the Alexander technique.
You can also locate Paul at: lifesolutionsforgaymen.com
Veretta veretta.com is a New York City based photographer whose work reflects her journey in life, whether in fashion, people, or art. During the Disco Era of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Veretta and her cameras were capturing the scene as it was happening in the clubs. A unique moment in history when New Yorkers released their free spirits and partied, usually with a fantasy dress theme that often included suggestive eroticism. A collection of 250 black & white images by Veretta from this era have been published to create the coffee table book Underground New York . As a fine art photographer, her work is also included in The Mammoth Book of Erotic Photography , a European book which featured the work of over 75 of the world’s leading erotica photographers. Comfortable with nude photography, Veretta’s studio doors were always open to individuals seeking personal and fantasy imagery, always done in a tasteful manner. In addition to being a published and exhibition photographer, Veretta’s commercial work appears in magazines such as Bride, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, Martha Stewart Living, Seventeen, Prom, and The New Yorker . Veretta can be reached at email@example.com
Vintage Entity Press vepress.com Originally a publisher of limited edition chapbooks, Vintage Entity Press (VEP) was founded in 1985 with the goal of providing the world with thought-provoking literature that challenged social and cultural norms. Today, the press has expanded to feature innovative works by an assortment of poets, fictionists, academics and essayists who see the value in working with a small press. Our award-winning writers include Cheryl Boyce-Taylor ( Convincing the Body , 2005), Steven G. Fullwood ( Funny , 2004), Herukhuti ( Conjuring Black Funk , 2007), G. Winston James ( The Damaged Good , 2006), Pamela Sneed ( KONG , 2008) and Charles Stephens ( Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call , 2013.)
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John V. Amodeo Facebook.com/JohnVAmodeoAuthor Born in Troy, New York, John V. Amodeo now lives in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan. For three decades, Amodeo worked for the NYC public school system as assistant principal and history department head; now retired from that post, he is an adjunct professor of American history and political science at Mercy College. Amodeo exercises his love for NYC as a part-time tour guide. His previous books include: Voices of Hell’s Kitchen , a fictional account of the myriad personalities of his unique neighborhood. In addition, he wrote, Believe—Journey from Jacksonville , a biography of former world boxing champion, Ken Norton and Blessed or Cursed , a biography of WBF current light heavy champion, Rayco Saunders.
Thoreau in Love by John Schuyler Bishop kobobooks.com/ebook/Thoreau-in-Love
In 1843, a repressive puritanism still hangs over Concord, Massachusetts, and Henry Thoreau, twenty-five years old, wants out. When his mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, gives him an opportunity to move to New York City, the lively center of the growing nation, Henry leaves Concord with no thought of ever returning. In his journals, the 250-some pages about his trip to New York have been ripped out, the only substantial number of pages missing from the forty-seven journal volumes. What was so scandalous that Thoreau—or, more likely, his literary executor—decided no one should see it? And why did Thoreau stay only six months in New York? Thoreau’s biographers go out of their way to convince us that the writer was heterosexual, although he never married and wrote freely in his journal about the beauty of men. His poem “Sympathy,” one of the few published in his lifetime, is a love poem to a boy who was his student. (About that poem, one celebrated biographer went so far as to say, “When he wrote ‘he’ Thoreau really meant ‘she’, and when he wrote ‘him’, he really meant ‘her.’”) By denying Thoreau’s real sexuality, scholars have reduced him to a wooden icon. But this sexuality can humanize the man. Thoreau in Love imagines the time of the missing pages, when Thoreau emerged from his shell and explored the wider world and himself before he returned to Concord, where he would fearlessly live the rest of his life and become the great naturalist and literary giant. ……………………….
Beverly Ann Kessler buildingitallfromscraps.com Building It All from Scraps: A Gay, Social Work, Love Story by Beverly Ann Kessler. To chase, to embrace, and to savor the deepest passions of her heart, a quirky carpenter’s daughter builds her social work career – and fills the emptiness she has long known—by captivating the love of her life—Carolyn. But Jordan Mathews’ success is short-lived, as her career evolves into an outrageous battle of office politics, where no good deed seems to go unpunished – and where only the power of love survives! A vibrant and playful celebration of gay pride, Building It All From Scraps is a campy fiction that blends love, relationships, friendships and family, with an understanding of gay culture and history. Set at the Jersey Shore in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the story shares the transformation of a shy and ambiguous girl to a professional gay woman, and pits wants vs. expectations, needs vs. loyalties, in this comical construction of life’s loves, and the quest to find true meaning. The author includes a variety of articles about prominent social issues—and especially, those affecting gay people—at the end of the book. These condensed, professional, yet easy-to-understand articles form a reference section that serves as a political history and social commentary for gay people everywhere. But you don’t need to use the reference section to enjoy this amusing story about life, and love, fulfilled. A tale that revels in the clash of the sexual revolution, balancing disco community and true love with family life and working class values, Building It All from Scraps is a humorous and solidifying testimonial to all gay people, an educational and informative book for all human service workers, and a great piece of philosophical entertainment for those who are neither. And it lets us know, at the end of the day, that we are all the same. Now available from Xlibris in hard cover, soft cover and e-Book format! Table not assigned yet. Co-op Table
Good As You GoodAsYou.org Jeremy Hooper’s Good As You website is known for blending passion and wit, making the case for LGBT equality worldwide. In If It’s a Choice, My Zygote Chose Balls: Making Sense of Senseless Controversy , Jeremy continues that style, blending a unique mix of memoir and social commentary that argues for equal rights based on relatable human principles. BuyChoiceBook
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Thomas Smith thomassmithauthor.com Heartbeat: Musings on Leather and Leadership by Thomas Smith is a collection of provocative essays. It is a personal journal into the leather tribe and leadership. This book takes a look into the leather community, traditions, history and leadership. This book is based on the author’s leather experience spanning over thirty plus years as a leather club leader and titleholder. Thomas was Mr. Kentucky Leather 1997 and Mr. International Rubber 1999. Thomas was Chair and Board member for the Leather Leadership Conference. (Alternate Press, to be released in 2013) Co-op Table
The University of Wisconsin Press uwpress.wisc.edu has more than 1400 titles currently in print, including books of general interest (biography, fiction, natural history, poetry, photography, fishing, food, travel, etc.), scholarly books (American studies, anthropology, art, classics, environmental studies, ethnic studies, film, gay & lesbian studies, history, Jewish studies, literary criticism, Slavic studies, etc.), and regional books about Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.
University of Wisconsin Press Books by RBF5 Participants available at Bluestockings Table