I have always been a golfer even when I wasn’t. My father played golf and he often watched the tournaments on television; I watched him watch golf, and play golf, and perhaps that is where my affinity for the game comes. Golf is a sport filled with beauty, imagination and precision. When one steps to the tee and looks onto an immaculately manicured, 300-yard fairway, it is an awe-inspiring view of soaring possibilities. When one approaches the close-shaven turf of a green it is a challenge to succeed measured in inches. Continue reading
It’s always a pleasure to visit New York City in December. I do it almost every year. NYC feels like the backdrop of so many of my childhood Christmas memories, starting with my wide-eyed viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and movies like Miracle on 34th Street.
I’m heading to NYC again this year, and I’ll take in the sights of the decorated department store windows, the ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza, the light displays on Fifth Avenue, and the hustle and bustle of Holiday shoppers.
But the main reason for this December visit to the Big Apple is to support a handful of fine writers who will be reading from their works in the anthology: Our Happy Hours.
This book, published by Flashpoint Publications, and with cover art by Ann McMan offers the reminiscences, essays, poetry, and short fiction of 40+ gay and lesbian authors (I’m one of them) about the impact of the bar scene on our lives. The book’s curators: Lee Lynch and S. Renée Bess were inspired to launch this project after the horrific hate crime at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016.
Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will benefit the LGBTQ youth programs at the Ali Forney Center in New York City, and the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia.
I hope you have safe, joyful, fun-filled Holidays. And don’t forget, books make wonderful Holiday gifts for family and friends!
In case you didn’t know.
There is an organization dedicated to the recognition, support and education of writers and readers of lesbian literature.
The non-profit, Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS), has amazing resources for emerging and established writers, including a Writing Academy with master teachers, mentors and one-on-one consultations.
Additionally, the GCLS Conference…known affectionately as the Con.. is an amazing annual event, held in various locations across the U.S., where lesbian writers, readers, publishers and reviewers gather for workshops, panels, socializing and Madcappery.
You’ll get to meet all your favorite LesFic writers up close, buy books, get books signed, flex your reading or writing muscles, and join your fellow fangirls.
Next year’s Con (July 4-8, 2018) will be held in, wait for it….Las Vegas!!!
To register for the Con, or to get more information, try here.
Come join us. Because, you know, what happens in Lez Vegas doesn’t necessarily have to stay in Lez Vegas.
Wow. Did I have a good time in Provincetown this year.
I spent a lot of time with my Bywater Books family–they are ALL talented, fun ladies. I got to hang out with my new editor Elizabeth Andersen, who is a former editor for the nationally syndicated Doonesbury, and Calvin and Hobbes comic strips.
How lucky am I?
I also met other amazing authors who I have admired from afar. I did readings with some of them. I read from Long Way Home: A World War II Novel, Bury Me When I’m Dead, and from a short-story in the Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars anthology whose sales will support the youth services of two LGBTQ agencies, one in Philadelphia, another in NYC.
The readers I met. Amazing. Discerning, supportive, wonderful people with interesting lives which include loving books.
I played Wiffle ball (look out knees, don’t fail me now). I saw the amazing Suede, who was in a particularly sentimental mood. So was I. I met film director, Donna Deitch who screened her iconic Desert Hearts. We all remember the first time we saw that film’s love scene.
A few pictures.
Shout out to the People Called Women Bookstore in Toledo, OH
…and owner Gina!
It’s Ohio’s Only Feminist Bookstore!!!
They have a mystery book club, too.
I thoroughly enjoyed the stimulating conversation with these discerning readers at DC’s Politics & Prose LezRead Book Club.
Reader feedback is Muy importante. Thank you!!
Posing with my book which was housed at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library (07/11/17) Proud moment.
Don’t Kill Me.
I’m somebody’s boy/son
Don’t Hurt Me.
Your fear isn’t proof I’m a menace.
Don’t Hate Me.
You may think you know me, but you don’t.
Don’t Take My life into your hands.
Because this is not your life to own.
I belong to someone else.
I had a good time at the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards gala.
My book, Bury Me When I’m Dead, was a finalist in the Lesbian Mystery category. I didn’t win this time, but honored to have my book recognized.
Thank you, Bywater Books, and the Lambda Literary Awards Board and Staff.
In the span of two days, this week in May of 2017, two incidents of racial hatred demonstrate that America’s race problem is far from solved.
On the brink of the NBA Finals, basketball superstar LeBron James’ home was spray painted with a racial epithet. The very next day, authorities find a noose among the artifacts and exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Lebron James responds:
“Hate in America, especially for African Americans, is living every day.”
Response from the National Museum of African American History and Culture:
“Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face.”
~ Lonnie Bunch III Founding Director