June 6th, 2011

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Event: Pride Month @ Barnes & Noble (Upper West Side)

Date: Wednesday, Jun 8
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
2289 Broadway at 82 Street New York City.

Hosted by Lou Pizzitola

Steven Petrow with Thomas Roberts: Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life 

TV journalist Thomas Roberts talks to syndicated writer Steven Petrow about his new book, Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners, a witty, insightful encyclopedic book aimed at the 15 million-plus LGBT Americans.

Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (June 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0761156704
ISBN-13: 978-0761156703
Amazon: Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life

Finally, the first big book of manners for the more than 15 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and Canada and the people who love them, work with them, and live with them. Written by Steven Petrow, the go-to authority on the subject—he’s the same-sex wedding expert at The New York Times and a columnist for The Huffington Post, Yahoo’s Shine, GayWeddings.com, and the “Q” Syndicate (with distribution to more than 100 LGBT newspapers and websites)—this is the definitive book of LGBT etiquette.

Encyclopedic in its approach, filled with practical wisdom, lively wit, and much insight, Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners covers everything: from coming out to being out in the workplace; from dealing with the joy and complexity of same-sex weddings and commitment ceremonies (including how to propose and write meaningful vows) to handling the legal paperwork every couple needs. There’s a chapter on sex etiquette, and another on the challenges and opportunities of raising a family, plus sections on travel, bullying, entertaining, meeting new friends, introducing your partner to your family, a primer on gay pride, and so much more.

Throughout there are hundreds of questions—some posed by LGBT folk, and others by straight people: What do the mothers of two brides wear to a lesbian wedding? What do you say to an anti-gay joke? How do you answer “Who’s the father?” when there are two mothers?

Manners, yes, but with a twist.
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Event: Best-selling author, Terrance Dean, joins BY THE WAY MEET VERA STARK

Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 8pm
Place: Second Stage Theatre
305 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY

The partnership between Hue Man Bookstore and Walk Tall Girl Productions continues with another extraordinary Page to Stage event! Hue Man Bookstore and Walk Tall Girl Productions present TELLING OUR STORIES, A Performance, Discussion and Booksigning With bestselling author TERRANCE DEAN. The evening's moderator is DR. MARC LAMONT HILL, Host of Our World with Black Enterprise

The performance: BY THE WAY MEET, VERA STARK, The hit comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage starring Sanaa Lathan.

The discussion: VERA STARK covers a seventy year journey. Terrance Dean's new novel MOGUL takes place in the present day. Both chronicle the lives of African Americans striving for success in the entertainment industry while trying to maintain their personal integrity. Dean will compare and connect the worlds of VERA STARK (the past) and MOGUL (the present) to reveal how much (or how little) has changed. He will also explore the importance of telling our stories, authentic stories, both on the page and on the stage. Dr. Marc Lamont Hill of Our World with Black Enterprise will moderate.

The booksigning: Terrance Dean will sign copies of MOGUL, which will be available for sale. Ten (10) lucky people will receive a copy of the book -- Free!

Tickets: BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, $52.50 when you use code MPVS, (reg $75)

Under 30? Tickets $30 with valid ID

Three easy ways to purchase tickets:
Online: www.2st.com
By Phone: 212.246.4422
In Person: Second Stage Theatre
Box Office, 305 W. 43rd Street.
Box Office hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm | Sun 10am-3pm

MOGUL by Terrance Dean, Special discount price, $15 (Tickets and books must be purchased separately)

This event is sponsored in part by HelloBeautiful.com and Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

Mogul: A Novel by Terrance Dean
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Atria; Original edition (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451611927
ISBN-13: 978-1451611922
Amazon: Mogul: A Novel

From the Essence bestselling author of Hiding in Hip Hop and an entertainment insider—a juicy debut novel about the “down-low” life of one of New York’s most beloved Hip Hop producers.

After the sudden death of his father, a renowned jazz musician, Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble clings to music as an escape. Making hip hop beats becomes his life. His love for music lands him at the estate of Larry “Pop” Singleton, a retired and respected Hip Hop music mogul who sees something special in Big A.T., and he also knows the truth about his sexuality. With Pop’s blessings and nurturing, Big A.T. is on the path to becoming the next great Hip Hop producer in New York.

With the help of Pop and “the family,” a network of secretly gay men in the Hip Hop world, Big A.T. finds success and starts his own music label. He’s signed and worked with some of the biggest Hip Hop artists in the country. One of them is Brooklyn native lyricist, “Tickman.” Together they are making sweet music together. Tickman and Big A.T.’s relationship goes beyond producer and rapper – they become secret lovers.

Nothing can stop Big A.T. All of the radio stations play his music. He has money, fame, and Jasmine, his girlfriend who doesn’t know about his secret love for men. However, at the pinnacle of his career, compromising photos of Big A.T. land on the desk of a national news program—and in the hands of his girlfriend. Big A.T., for the first time is at a crossroad in his career: come out publicly with his secret or watch his music empire crumble.
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The Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov & Kate Cotoner

Even if it sounds strange, one of the strengths of The Lion of Kent is that it’s not too long; I like historical romances, but they tend to be so long that readers have to “plan” the reading, having time to plunge into the story, and time to arrive to the main focus of the plot, and usually this is not at all fast.

With 115 pages to count, The Lion of Kent is a good historical romances that is enjoyable and not boring, that allows the reader to appreciate the historical period without being bored by unnecessary details. When the reader is introduced to William, the squire, and Sir Robert, the master, it’s pretty clear what will be the evolution of their relationship: William is young and stubborn, but Robert sees a fire in him that is the right intensity to pick him out the other squires as his partner, in many ways other than on the battlefield.

I found romantic but also very “manly” how Robert courtships William, teaching him the way to be a good knight and in that way, also the right companion for a Lord; it could sound cold, but to me it was romantic. Robert is a widower, he has 2 heirs, he doesn’t need to marry again; I’m not sure if he preferred the company of men even before going to the Crusades, but for sure now he is not interested in finding another woman to warm his bed. And when he comes back to his castle, and can appreciate how William grew up in the past 5 years, he decides he will “groom” the squires to be his.

Another point that is good, even if the story is short, is the accuracy of the historical details. Have you ever noticed how these medieval castles seem always big and full of rooms? And have you ever noticed that instead, when you go to visit some ruins, they are basically a 3, maximum 4 floors tower with one room for each floor? People tend to share the space according to their role, and so all the squires and knights were sleeping in the same main room, bundled together to share the warm, and of course that led to also sharing something else.

Regarding the characters, I think that also on that point the accuracy was good; sure, maybe William is a little too stubborn and proud to be a simple squire, the illegitimate son of some wealthy man, but well, this is a romance after all, and if one of the heroes was not a little “out of the ordinary”, a relationship would have not worked. On the other hand, Robert is a little selfish, a little proud, and even a little aloof and detached, like I think it should be a nobleman of that time. This is not a bed of roses romance, the courtship is not made of kisses and cuddles, but more of convenience and formality: Robert cannot pick everyone as chosen companion, he has to pick someone who “respects” some standards.


Amazon Kindle: The Lion of Kent
Publisher: Carina Press (August 30, 2010)

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