Time: at 12:30 PM
Place: Union Square Borders, San Francisco
Panel Appearance Benefits Lifebeat—Music Fights HIV
Authors Michael Thomas Ford, Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Monica Nolan will appear on a special lunchtime LGBT author’s panel on Wednesday, December 1 at 12:30 PM at the Union Square Borders in San Francisco.
The signing is part of December One at Borders, a series of special events at stores nationwide to commemorate World AIDS Day. Afterward, the authors will sign copies of their latest books, as well as earlier titles. The panel was curated by the Lambda Literary Foundation.
Borders will donate 25% of the proceeds from the sale of the authors’ books that day to Lifebeat-Music Fights HIV. Lifebeat is a nonprofit that uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention.
The Road Home by Michael Thomas Ford
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 2010)
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Bestselling author Michael Thomas Ford demonstrates once again why he is the master of portraying the contemporary gay experience, in this moving, beautifully told story of love, family, and finding one's place in the world. When a car accident leaves photographer Burke Crenshaw in need of temporary full-time care, he finds himself back in the one place no forty-year-old chooses to be--his childhood bedroom. There, in the Vermont home where he grew up, Burke begins the long process of recuperation, and watches as his widowed father finds happiness in a new relationship that's a constant reminder of everything Burke wants and lacks. Meeting Will Janks is an unexpected complication. Will is the twenty-year-old son of Burke's high school best friend, Mars. After what transpired between them one summer long ago, Burke had hoped he and Mars might become more than friends, but Mars has always pretended that night never happened. Will, in contrast, makes no secret of his interest in Burke, who can't resist his attraction to the handsome young man. The burgeoning relationship draws Burke out of himself and into the community he left behind. Exploring local history, he discovers an intriguing series of letters from a Civil War soldier to his fiancé. With the help of librarian Sam Guffrey, he begins to research a 125-year-old mystery that seems to be reaching into the present day. The more Burke delves into the past, the more he's forced to confront the person he has become: the choices he made and those he avoided, his ideas of what it takes to be a successful gay man, his feelings about his mother's death, and the suppressed tension that simmers between himself and his father. Compelling, frankly funny, and often wise, The Road Home is the story of one man's coming to terms with who he is, what he wants out of life, and where he belongs--and the complex, surprising path that finally takes him there.
Tracks in the Snow (An Avon Camelot Book) by Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: HarperTrophy; Reprint edition (January 2000)
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When Amy doesn't show up to baby-sit, Erin knows that something must be terribly wrong. But who will believe her? Not her parents, not even the police. They all tell Erin the same thing--Amy is irresponsible--so Erin decides to take things into her own hands. She persuades Tiffany, her new science partner, to do a project on animal tracks, figuring the project will give her an excuse to search for Amy. While the two girls are in the woods, a sudden spring blizzard strikes. Erin and Tiffany are now snowbound, with only one thought--survival.
Bobby Blanchard Lesbian Gym Teacher by Monica Nolan
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (May 1, 2010)
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Wayward Schoolgirls! Wild Passions! And Winning At Any Cost. . . Welcome to Metamora Academy for Girls, where some rules are made to be broken. Roberta "Bobby" Blanchard is crushed when an accident forces her to leave the glamorous world of professional field hockey. As Games Mistress at Metamora Academy, she's dismayed to learn that sports take a backseat to literary and artistic pursuits. But Bobby's arrival at the elite boarding school will unearth more than one girl's hidden abilities, and spur some ardent rivalry between pupils--and teachers--on and off the field, including. . . Laura Burnham--the bohemian Art Mistress, sultry, seductive. . .and married. . . Enid Butler--the Math Mistress has a natural eye for figures. . . Mrs. Mona Gilvang--housekeeper and resident "merry widow," she stirs up more than hot cocoa. . . Carole Kerwin and Angela Cohen O'Shea--the student body's most promising athletes have nothing in common. . .until they join Bobby's team. . . Miss Craybill--Could Metamora's revered headmistress have something sinister to hide? With a fearsome field hockey team to build and the suspicious death of the former Math Mistress to solve, Bobby Blanchard has her hands full. But the intrepid gym teacher has a knack for uncovering every girl's secrets. And along the way, she may just learn some thrilling lessons about love. . .