October 1st, 2012

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Boys Like Us: Michael Thomas Ford (born October 1, 1968)

Michael Thomas Ford (born October 1, 1968) is an American author of primarily gay-themed literature. He is best known for his "My Queer Life" series of humorous essay collections and for his award-winning novels Last Summer, Looking for It, Full Circle, Changing Tides and What We Remember.

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books for both young readers and adults. He is best known for his best-selling novels Last Summer, Looking for It, and Full Circle and for his five essay collections in the "Trials of My Queer Life" series. His work has been nominated for eleven Lambda Literary Awards, twice winning for Best Humor Book and twice for Best Romance Novel. He was also nominated for a Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award (for his novel The Dollhouse That Time Forgot) and a Gay lactic Spectrum Award (for his short story "Night of the Were puss").

Ford began his writing career in 1992 with the publication of 100 Questions & Answers about AIDS: What You Need to Know Now (Macmillan), one of the first books about the AIDS crisis for young adults. Named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, the book became the most widely-used resource in HIV education programs for young people and was translated into more than a dozen languages.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Thomas_Ford
Last Summer was the first in a line of books from Ford that at first glance were guilty pleasures but ended up being meaningful reading experiences. Starting with the readily identifiable covers that define the series of books, each one delivered the same thing: an immersion in the lives of gay characters who we wanted to spend time with, going through life, battling troubles we could relate to, finding and losing love and loved ones. Last Summer is a particular favourite because the memories it evokes of Provincetown. I’ve only been there once in person. But with this book I can visit any time I want. I love when a book can do that. --Anthony Bidulka
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Kurt Hiller (1885 - October 1, 1972)

Kurt Hiller also known as Keith Lurr and Klirr (Thule) (17 August 1885, Berlin – 1 October 1972, Hamburg) was a German essayist of high stylistic originality and a political (namely pacifist) journalist from a Jewish family. A socialist, he was deeply influenced by Immanuel Kant and Arthur Schopenhauer, despising the philosophy of G. W. F. Hegel, which made him quite unpopular with Marxists. Hiller was also an influential writer in the early German gay rights movement in the first two decades of the 20th century. In 1929, Hiller took over as chairman of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee from fellow gay activist Magnus Hirschfeld.

From the end of 1933 to 1934, he spent time in a variety of concentration camps before fleeing to Prague later in 1934, and then to London in 1938. In 1955, he returned to Germany, where he lived and wrote in Hamburg until his death.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Hiller

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Victor Valentine (1952 - October 1, 1992)

Victor Valentine directed "Little Shop of Horrors" on-stage in Philadelphia, Honolulu, Boston and Tokyo.

Director/choreographer Victor Anthony Wilmes died October 1, 1992, at his home in Santa Monica of complications from AIDS. Known professionally as Victor Valentine, he was 40.

Valentine began his professional career as an actor/dancer performing regionally in such shows as "Dames at Sea,""Cabaret" and "Romeo & Juliet." He went on to co-found Rainbow Children's Theater in Billings, Mont.

Among his other credits, Valentine directed the Tokyo, Boston, Honolulu and Philadelphia companies of "Little Shop of Horrors" and the Birmingham production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" for the Nederlander Organization.

Recently, Valentine directed and produced the Broadway Benefit at BAM for the Gay Men's Health Crisis and choreographed/directed industrial shows for such clients as McDonald's, Avon and Little Caesar's.

Valentine was survived by his mother Colleen Thom and stepfather Roger Thom, grandmother Hazel Ammons, aunt and uncle Max and LeVeta Ammons and longtime companion Skip Chasey.

Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR101126?refCatId=25

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Ned Sherrin (1931 - October 1, 2007)

Edward George "Ned" Sherrin CBE (18 February 1931 – 1 October 2007) was an English broadcaster, author and stage director. He qualified as a barrister and then worked in independent television before joining the BBC. He appeared in a variety of radio and television satirical shows and theatre shows, some of which he also directed.

Born in a farming family at Low Ham in the Somerset Levels, Sherrin attended Sexey's School, in Bruton, Somerset. Although he read law at Exeter College, Oxford and subsequently qualified as a barrister, he became involved in theatre at Oxford and joined British television at the founding of independent television in 1956, producing shows for ATV in Birmingham.

Sherrin joined the BBC in 1957 as a temporary production assistant, then began working for them as a producer in "Television Talks" in 1963. Specialising in satirical shows, he worked extensively in film production and television.

In 1962 he was responsible for the first satirical television series That Was The Week That Was starring David Frost and Millicent Martin and its successors Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life and BBC-3. His other shows and films included Up Pompeii!, Up the Front, The Cobblers of Umbridge and The Virgin Soldiers. In 1978, he also hosted We Interrupt This Week, a lively and humorous news events quiz featuring two teams of well-known journalists and columnists sparring against one another. The show was a production of WNET/Channel 13 New York.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Sherrin

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Z. Allora - Tied Together

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Albuquerque in October (http://gayromlit.com/authors.php) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: every day I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments! (comments close on October 3)

And the ebook giveaway goes to: brenopa please contact me.

Today author is Z. Allora (http://www.zallorabooks.com/)

The Dark Angels: Tied Together by Z. Allora
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (January 6, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608205738
ISBN-13: 978-1608205738
Amazon: The Dark Angels: Tied Together
Amazon Kindle: The Dark Angels: Tied Together

The Dark Angels: Tied Together #2 The Dark Angels Series As part of the rock sensation, The Dark Angels, Josh and Robin Strider have the fans calling them "The Twins". Although they're not blood brothers, growing up together has given them a special bond that was challenged when they were thrown out of their home. Surviving and being saved from life on the streets makes Robin cling to brotherly ties that don't exist. One night with friends opens the doors to what Josh has always wanted -- Robin's body and heart. If Josh learns to master Robin's inner submissive, he'll be able to give Robin the security he craves. But can rumors from Josh's father unravel the ties between Robin and Josh or will a collar and love be enough to tie them together?
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When Souls Collide by N.J. Nielsen

A nice and sweet novella, as it should be considering there are babies involved ;-) this is the story of Riley, a young gay man who accepted to help a girlfriend who was pregnant and single; Riley moved from Australia to Texas to marry Karen and adopts her baby, but he didn’t plan to remain a single dad: Karen dies just weeks after the baby is born and her family tossed off Riley and the baby right away.

A desperate Riley finds shelter in Noah’s barn, and when Noah discovers them, Riley has got a bad fever and Noah nurtures both father than son back to health. The nice coincidence of Noah being gay and single, and loving babies, is an added bonus: as soon as Riley is good enough to leave bed, he basically wants to go back into it, this time bringing Noah with him.

Riley is searching no excuses, he is gay and no means to hide it; he is highly emotional, not really strong, and tends to let other people drive him. What happened with Karen is a clear example, Karen was stronger than him, and Riley let her dragging him in an impossible situation. When Riley is at Noah’s home, he tries to behave as independent, but it’s clear that he would prefer to let Noah taking decision for him. It’s not a question of being submissive, that is even proved when they are in bed the first time, with Riley being in the top position, it’s more his natural attitude, Riley is more a follower than a leader.

http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=NJN_WSCL

Amazon Kindle: When Souls Collide
Publisher: MLR Press,LLC (June 15, 2012)

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