This Thing Called Courage

Thursday, October 05, 2006

New Book Release

Oi, I can't believe it's been two months since I posted here-- hope no one was holding their breath. I guess the only excuse I can give is that, when you write all day, you may not be so anxious to write at night. At least I'm not. At any rate, I'm happy to announce the release of my first novel, A Map of the Harbor Islands (Harrington Park Press, an imprint of the Haworth Press.) The first copies showed up at my door a week ago today, and it's always a thrill to open the box and find them all fresh and shrink-wrapped and still smeeling of ink. The book looks pretty good, and the cover is much more appropriate than the first one that was designed...

I also finished my latest book last week, kind of a gay Hardy Boys-esque mystery entitled, When the Bell Tolled at Midnight. Not Proust or anything, mind, but it was a lot of fun to write, and is the type of book I would have loved to have read as a teenager-- and would enjoy now, I think. My dear friend Chris in California (who now lives in Smyrna, TN) wondered on the phone recently how I managed to stay on the "cutting edge," (his words) as he had just read an article saying that the new 'hot' thing in gay fiction was the type of book gay men wanted to read in their adolesence and youth-- except they're weren't any then. Believe me, nothing is planned at this end...I loved the H-B's as kid, and wept when there were no more to read-- and then I discovered Nancy Drew, and liked those books even more. This one takes place in the coastal New England town of 'Nawshant,' and involves Sean and John Sutherland, third cousins who are amateur sleuths in traning. It should be out about a year from now, and more may follow if they are well received.

I already have some readings planned for the Map release. The book launch will be on Thursday night, October 26, from 6:30-9:00 pm at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Avenue in Boston. The legendary John Mitzel and the rest of the gang from Calamus Books will be on hand to sell books, and I will be introduced by my dear friend, the recently retired Dermot Meagher. I'll be at the Harvard Coop Bookstore in Harvard Square on Wednesday evening, November 15, at 7:00 pm, and at Calamus Books on Friday evening, December 1, also at 7:00 pm. Other readings are in the works at the Boston Public Library and Borders Books at Downtown Crossing, dates to be determined, as well as other venues. My website seems to be down right now so I will try to make a listing here of upcoming events-- and thanks to all of you for your support and interest.

In other news, we're all holding our breaths until November 7, hoping the electorate will give this country the enema it has so desperately needed since November of 2000. While the media is consumed with the Rep. Foley debacle ( and anything that hurts the Republican cause is beneficial to our country) less reported is the fact that Herr Bush has ordered a naval strike force to deploy off the coast of Iran. While many say they aren't THAT crazy, I would put nothing past these people. (See the link below for more info)

It's also somewhat discouraging to see so many people turning against the Republicans, not for their wars without end and assault on the Constitution, not for their trampling on Habeas Corpus and their fondness for torture, not for their assault on the environment, their utter ineptitude re: Katrina, nor their lies and deceit and murder-- but because of a sex scandel.