February 21st, 2012

andrew potter

Helen Hooven Santmyer (November 25, 1895 - February 21, 1986)

Helen Hooven Santmyer (November 25, 1895 - February 21, 1986) was an American writer.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Xenia, Ohio when she was five years old. She went to Wellesley College in 1918 and was active in the struggle for women's rights. She attended Oxford University in England. When she returned to the United States of America with her first book published she expected fame and fortune and found the Great Depression.

She later returned to Wellesley College to teach in the English Department. She also wrote poetry that appeared in anthologies such as The Bookman Anthology of Verse, 1922 from Doran and Company. Her sonnet The Prairie Town, from that collection, indicates that she was a talented poet.

In 1935, Helen moved back to Xenia, becoming the Dean of Women and the head of Cedarville University English department. She was 88 when her most famous work And Ladies of the Club was published—it was a best-seller in 1984. She also wrote Herbs and Apples, Ohio Town and The Fierce Dispute.

She received most of her fame late in life and died on February 21, 1986 in Xenia, Ohio, aged 90. She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.

Helen Hooven Santmyer's Books on Amazon: Helen Hooven Santmyer

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Hooven_Santmyer
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Coming Soon: Chaser

Chaser is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Chaser must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The Story
Disconnected from his family, culture, and community, Zachary Gold—a young, promising high school teacher and the son of conservative immigrants—seeks solace in the darkest fringes of the gay community.

The Impact
As members of the gay community, we're disturbed by the ambivalence and complacency we've encountered regarding the issues of HIV/AIDS and safer sex. As filmmakers, our goal is to start a dialogue about the controversial subject of "bug chasing" and ask one simple question: Why?

About the Creators
Sal Bardo's short film Requited made its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2011 and has screened at festivals across the country, including Reel Affirmations: Washington D.C.'s International LGBT Film Festival, where Sal won the Audience Award for Best First Time Filmmaker. Requited will be released on DVD later this year. His most recent film, Sam, about gender identity and bullying, is currently making the festival rounds. www.salbardo.com

Hailed as "An Actor to Watch!" by Backstage, Max Rhyser has acted opposite Q-Tip in Nelson George's My Funny Valentine (currently in development) and in One Life to Live, Homeland, A Four Letter Word, Requited, and the BBC series My Hero. His production work includes the successful series In Between Men. Max is a proud member of SAG and AEA, sits on the creative teams of two theater companies, and runs a holistic healing practice in New York. He is dedicated to affecting change through storytelling. www.maxrhyser.com

To contribute: http://www.indiegogo.com/Chaser?a=445089&i=wdgi
andrew potter

Best Gay Debut Novel (1° place): Yield by Lee Houck

Also Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction (2° place) and Best Characters Development (3° place)

It’s strange by I always try to understand why an author picked a title, and the coincidence is that this is exactly the first question the reader finds at the end of the novel, in the discussion questions session. What is being yielded to, or what is yielding? My first answer is Simon.

Simon is an hustler, so the common answer is probably that he is yielding his body, but actually I think that he is NOT yielding his soul, or at least he is trying not to. Only with Aiden, one of his customers, he will start to yield, maybe since he had a crush on Aiden before he started to be one of his customer, Simon wants Aiden in his life like someone to care for not like someone who is paying him to be cared for.

Yield is like short vignettes of the life of Simon, but also of Louis, Farmer and Jaron. Actually each chapter is short and almost all of them start and end, they are like flashback in Simon’s mind, flash of light in his day-to-day life. Simon is not the epitome of gay hustler of so many romances, there is little of romantic in Simon being an hustler, but on the other hand, he is not even self-complaining or self-destroying himself on the fact that he is an hustler. Simon doesn’t like to be one, but in any case he is trying to see it like any other job, only that, I think, he is not able to detach his body from his soul, and Simon is someone who cares too much, who says he doesn’t want his customer to talk of their private life, but he is the first to try to imagine who they are in their private life.

I found myself to be interested in Simon, to want for him to be happy, but I also cared a lot for Louis and Jaron. Like Simon, they appear to be the ones needed more caring, Farmer and Aiden appear to be stronger, but I actually they are simply more able to shelter themselves. No one of this circle of friends is really strong and they find their strength in the group, in being among people who care for them, and that is the reason why Louis searches shelter into Simon’s home, in the comfort of known things and arms.

I admit, I was a little scared for the fate of these guys, and for that reason sometime I didn’t want to go on with the novel, I was scared to find out what was happening to them. If you are like me, don’t worry, unexpectedly, but it’s a good unexpectedly, this novel has an almost romantic evolution, and I really really like the last scene, it’s not a perfect bow on top of Simon, he has probably still a lot of self-thinking and self-explaining to do, but he, and with him all his friends, are on the right path, and I’m sure they will be able to build to safe future all of them want.


Amazon: Yield
Amazon Kindle: Yield
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Kensington Books (August 31, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758242654
ISBN-13: 978-0758242655

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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2012 Rainbow Awards: Readers/Judges

I'm planning the 2012 Rainbow Awards and at today I have 77 judges with a reading capacity of 220 books. I already know they will be not enough, last year we received more than 300 submissions, so, more or less, I need another 20 if not more judges. I know it's a lot to ask and I'm sure I will not find all these people, but I'm also sure that the actual judges will read a little more. At today what I will ask to the possible candidate is:

a) To be willing to read in 1 or more of the LGBT categories: Lesbian, Gay or/and Bisexual/Transgender
b) To be willing to read in 1 or more of the following genres: Coming of Age / Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica, Alternative Reality (contains Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi), Historical, Mystery / Thriller, Non Fiction
c) To be willing to read at least 5 books in 9 months (from march (included) to november (included)).

If you are interested please contact me to my private email address, if you have it, or here on this livejournal leaving a comment to this post. If you leave a comment, please remember to give me a contact email address, I will screen the comment so no one can see it if not me