June 13th, 2013

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Al Berto (January 11, 1948 - June 13, 1997)

Al Berto, pseudonym of Alberto Raposo Tavares Pidwell (Coimbra, January 11, 1948 - Lisbon, 13 June 1997) was a poet, painter, editor and animator of the Portuguese cultural environment.

He was born into a family of the high-middle class (of English origin by the paternal grandmother). When he was one year old the family moved to Alentejo, and he spent there his childhood and adolescence until the family decided to send him to study art at the Antonio Arroyo School in Lisbon.

In 1967 he enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et des Arts Visuels (La Cambre) in Brussels, Belgium.-

After completing the course, he decided to abandon painting in 1971 and devoting himself entirely to writing. He returned to Portugal in 1974 and there he wrote the first book entirely in Portuguese, À Procura do Vento num Jardim d'Agosto.

O Medo, an anthology of his work from 1974 to 1986, was first published in 1987. This has become the most important collection of his work and his final artistic testament, being added in subsequent editions new writings by the author, even after his death. At the moment of his death he left incomplete the text for an opera, for a photography book on Portugal and a "fake autobiography," as the author himself said.

He died of lymphoma on June 13, 1997.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Berto
Poet Al Berto (the pseudonym of Alberto Raposo Pidwell Tavares) is a foundational figure in the emergence of a "queer" literature in Portugal. Al Berto's poetic work is a product of a "literary series" in which a gay male subjectivity has traditionally appeared as a marginalized and invisible figure in its difference vis-a-vis mainstream culture. However, the notion of "queer" implies not only a marginalized gay subjectivity, but also a way of being in the world, which, by virtue ot its difference, is capable of adopting a critical stance in relationship to mainstream culture. Thus, my appropriation of the term "queer" will have political implications for the analysis of Portuguese literature, where canonical criticism has completely ignored the subject of homosexuality. --Al Berto, In Memoriam, Mario Cesar Lugarinho in Lusosex
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Henri Ghéon (March 15, 1875 – June 13, 1944)

Henri Ghéon (March 15, 1875 – June 13, 1944), born Henri Vangeon in Bray-sur-Seine, Seine-et-Marne, was a French playwright, novelist, poet and critic. Brought up by a devout Roman Catholic mother, he lost his faith in his early teens, while still at the Lycée in Sens. Among the factors that brought this about, one stood out in his own mind: at school religion was taught without life or understanding. Ghéon did not miss it. As F. J. Sheed says, "His was a happy atheism." He replaced Catholicism with a semi-pagan cult of beauty in all its forms — nature, literature, music, painting. (picture: Henri Ghéon by Jean Veber)

He moved to Paris in 1893 to study medicine. Around the same time, he started to write poetry, along with his colleagues Francis Jammes and Mallarmé. He also published avant garde criticism. In 1887 he met André Gide, who became his literary guide and friend for twenty years. Ghéon, writes Gide's biographer Alan Sheridan, "was Gide's closest friend and companion on innumerable homosexual exploits." Ghėon actually drafted a militant text in favour of homosexuality, La Vie secrète de Guillaume Arnoult, which was one of the inspirations for Gide's Corydon. In 1909 they were founding members of the Nouvelle Revue Française (NRF). Ghéon also painted, studied music and travelled widely.

Ironically, it was the sceptic Gide who occasioned the first cracks in Ghéon's paganism when he invited him to visit Florence with him in 1912. There Ghéon discovered the religious art of Giotto and Fra Angelico and was overwhelmed to the point of shedding tears.
"At St Mark's," he wrote, "with Christ dying on the cross and the Virgin waiting for the angel in a bare and silent corridor..., even our senses had a soul. Art had transported me before, but never so high."
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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Gh%C3%A9on

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GayRomLit Ebook Giveaway: Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sextion - Family Man

I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week 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!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: annabirmingham

Today author is Heidi Cullinan: Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren't enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state's LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.
Website: http://www.heidicullinan.com
Most recent title: Family Man
Publishers: Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, Samhain Press

Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 12, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Family Man

Sometimes family chooses you.

How does a man get to be forty without knowing whether he’s gay? That’s a question Vince Fierro is almost afraid to answer. If he is gay, it’ll be a problem for his big, fat Italian family. Still, after three failed marriages, he can’t help but wonder if he’s been playing for the wrong team.

There’s only one way to settle it, once and for all—head for Chicago’s Boystown bars, far from anyone who knows him. Naturally, he runs smack into someone from the neighborhood.

Between working two jobs, going to school, taking care of his grandmother, and dealing with his mother’s ongoing substance abuse, Trey Giles has little time for fun, let alone dating someone who swears he’s straight. Yet after one night of dancing cheek-to-cheek to the sultry strains of Coltrane, Trey finds himself wanting to help Vinnie figure things out—no promises, and no sex.

It seems like a simple plan, until their “no-sex” night turns into the best date of their lives and forges a connection that complicates everything.

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2013 Rainbow Awards Submission: Susan Laine - Cowboy's Challenge

Cowboy's Challenge [Cowboys of Snow Lake 4] by Susan Laine
Publisher: Siren Publishing (May 30, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Cowboy's Challenge [Cowboys of Snow Lake 4]

Simon Westfield is the owner of a stud farm in Wyoming. He’s recently lost his brother in the army, and has become the guardian of two young children, Dale and Allie. After a while, it’s clear he needs help. Enter Tristan Markham, a professional live-in male nanny, or manny. Though great with kids, Tristan is as strong-willed as Simon, and their points of view on everything are polar opposites. Where Simon is closeted, reserved, and introverted, Tristan is an out and proud liberal pacifist. Clashes are inevitable. But they can’t deny their growing attraction, so a deal is struck. Casual sex only. But when things start to go wrong—Simon’s mother dying of cancer, the kids’ grandparents suing for custody, and Simon being thrust out of the closet—it’s time for them to work together, or lose everything they have. Because despite their differences, they are a family. And families stick together—no matter what.

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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest (April)

This is the first round for the 2013 Cover Contest. Voting on each slot will happen every 2 weeks.

- in round 1 there will be 12 slots, 1 for each month in the Submission period (from September 2012 to August 2013).
- in parallel with the poll, a special jury will vote the covers; the jury is composed by: Ali, Anne Tenino, Brent Hartinger, Dylan Rosser, Jodie, Julie, Linda, Mitzie, Tammy, Zahra Owens.
- you can vote as many covers as you want, using the poll in this post

Last week, most voted cover was:

Fire (Paul Richmond)


Coming Home (Anne Cain)

will pass to round 2:
Bolt-Hole (DWS Photography)
Chateau d'Eternite (Anne Cain)
Choices (Paul Richmond)
Coming Home (Anne Cain)
Fire (Paul Richmond)
Freedom (Anne Cain)
Ice and Embers (Anne Cain)
Into This River I Drown (Kyle Thompson)
Let's Play It by Ear
Love Song for Baby X
Plane Queer
Spell Cat (Shobana Appavu)

All the covers are here:


and here is the poll:

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