December 16th, 2014

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Terry Trueman (born December 15, 1947)

Terry Trueman was born on December 15, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, but grew up in Seattle. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his B.A. in creative writing. He also has an M.S. in applied psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University. The father of two sons, Henry and Jesse, Terry Trueman makes his home in Spokane, Washington, where he has lived since 1974.

His novel, STUCK IN NEUTRAL was a Printz Honor recipient. INSIDE OUT, his second novel was released in August 2003. In October of 2004, his third novel CRUISE CONTROL was released -- a companion to STUCK IN NEUTRAL that tells brother Paul McDaniel's intimate side of the story. Hodder Books released SWALLOWING THE SUN, which follows a teen’s heroic efforts to save friends and family after his Honduran village is destroyed by a devastating mudslide, in October of 2003 (only in the UK). And NO RIGHT TURN, Trueman's fourth US and fifth all-around novel.

Trueman's hobbies include his Sea Ray boat and his 1976 Corvette Stingray, and his Corvette, firy red! One of his heroes is poet Charles Bukowski. He considers Terry Davis and Chris Crutcher two invaluable mentors.

7 Days at the Hot Corner (2007) is included in my Best XXI century Gay Novels (2000-2009). 

Source: http://www.terrytrueman.com/
There was a time when a book about a gay kid told from the point-of-view of his straight best friend would've seemed like a cop-out. Now it completes the picture started by so many other writers. 7 Days at the Hot Corner was unduly ignored, which is a shame, because it's another book that traffics in pure emotional honesty. --Brent Hartinger
Further Readings:

7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060574941
ISBN-13: 978-0060574949
Amazon: 7 Days at the Hot Corner
Amazon Kindle: 7 Days at the Hot Corner

In baseball, fielding your position at third base is tricky—that's why third is called "the hot corner." You have to be aware that anything can happen at any time.

This should be the best year of Scott's life: It's his last season of varsity ball, his team is about to go to the city championship, and a pro career is on the line. Instead, everything he always counted on comes crashing down at the same time, and his whole life is like one blazing hot corner—full of deadly line drives and crazy "bad hops."

Scott can't believe the awful stuff coming his way, but it's time to find out whether he has what it takes to play the hot corner—on the baseball diamond and off it.

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Farzana Doctor (born December 16)

Farzana Doctor is a Canadian novelist and social worker. She has published two novels to date, and won the 2011 Dayne Ogilvie Grant from the Writers' Trust of Canada for an emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender writer. Her second novel, Six Metres of Pavement, was also a nominee for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards in the category of lesbian fiction, and was announced as the winner of the award on June 4, 2012.

Born in Zambia to Muslim expatriate parents from India, her family immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s.

In addition to her writing career, Doctor works as a psychotherapist, coordinates a regular reading series in Toronto's Brockton Village neighbourhood, and coproduced Rewriting The Script: A Loveletter to Our Families, a documentary film about the family relationships of LGBT people in Toronto's South Asian immigrant communities.

Six Metres of Pavement won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction.

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

Further Readings:

Six Metres of Pavement by Farzana Doctor
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Dundurn (February 17, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554887674
ISBN-13: 978-1554887675
Amazon: Six Metres of Pavement
Amazon Kindle: Six Metres of Pavement

Ismail Boxwala made the worst mistake of his life one summer morning twenty years ago: he forgot his baby daughter in the back seat of his car. After his daughter's tragic death, he struggles to continue living. A divorce, years of heavy drinking, and sex with strangers only leave him more alone and isolated.

But Ismail's story begins to change after he reluctantly befriends two women: Fatima, a young queer activist kicked out of her parents' home; and Celia, his grieving Portuguese-Canadian neighbour who lives just six metres away. A slow-simmering romance develops between Ismail and Celia. Meanwhile, dangers lead Fatima to his doorstep. Each makes complicated demands of him, ones he is uncertain he can meet.

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Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle & Roger Peyrefitte

Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle  (1951 - December 16, 2000) was the adopted son of French writer Roger Peyrefitte, their amorous relationship being a subject of several of the latter's works. Malagnac was also an art collector and the husband of singer Amanda Lear.

The 12-year-old Alain-Philippe had a minor role in the film Les Amitiés particulières (English title: This Special Friendship), released in 1964, based on the award-winning autobiographical novel by Roger Peyrefitte. Malagnac met Peyrefitte, from when they started a long association personally and later professionally. This formed the background to Peyrefitte's novel, Notre Amour (Éd. Flammarion, 1967) and to L'Enfant de cœur, (not only the child he loved but an allusion to Malagnac's role as a choirboy (Enfant de Choeur) in the film and to his naivety in business matters).

At the age of eighteen Malagnac became Peyrefitte's personal secretary. He was a son of well-to-do upper middle class parents but Peyrefitte arranged him to be adopted by a French aristocrat. She had no descendants and wanted to transmit her name d'Argens de Villèle, which Malagnac was able to adjoin to his own.

As an adult Malagnac's career (financed by Peyrefitte) included to be the proprietor of Le Bronx, one of the first openly gay night clubs in Paris, and briefly managing French singer Sylvie Vartan, a disastrous undertaking which almost bankrupted Peyrefitte, who was forced to sell his library, his mint collection, artworks and erotic antiquities to pay the resulting debts.


Among the others: Romy Schneider, Roger Peyrefitte, Annabel Buffet, Vincent Roux, Sylvie Vartan and Alain Philipe Malagnac - Saint-Tropez 1974
Roger Peyrefitte was a French diplomat, writer of bestseller novels and gossipy non-fiction. On the set of Les amitiés particulières (adaptation from his novel), Peyrefitte met the 12 year old Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle; Peyrefitte tells the story of their relationship in Notre amour ("Our Love" - 1967) and L'Enfant de cœur ("Child of the Heart" - 1978). Malagnac later married performer Amanda Lear; on December 16, 2000, Malagnac perished by smoke in a fire. He died just six weeks after Peyrefitte.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain-Philippe_Malagnac_d%27Argens_de_Vill%C3%A8le

Roger Peyrefitte (17 August 1907 – 5 November 2000) was a French diplomat, writer of bestseller novels and gossipy non-fiction, and a defender of gay rights.

Born in Castres, Tarn to a wealthy family, Peyrefitte went to Jesuit and Lazarist boarding schools and then studied language and literature in Toulouse. After graduating first of his year from Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris in 1930, he worked as an embassy secretary in Athens between 1933 and 1938. Back in Paris, he had to resign in 1940 for personal reasons before being reintegrated in 1943 and finally ending his diplomatic career in 1945. In his novels, he often treated controversial themes and his work put him at odds with the Roman Catholic church.

He wrote openly about his homoerotic experiences in boarding school in his 1944 first novel Les amitiés particulières (Particular Friendships -- a term used in seminaries to refer to friendships seen as too close and exclusive, often incorrectly translated as "Special Friendships"), which won the coveted prix Renaudot in 1945. The book was made into a film of the same name which was released in 1964. On the set, Peyrefitte met the 12 year old Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villèle; Peyrefitte tells the story of their relationship in Notre amour ("Our Love" - 1967) and L'Enfant de cœur ("Child of the Heart" - 1978). Malagnac later married performer Amanda Lear (there is still people who claim that Amanda Lear, former muse of Salvator Dali, is transgender); on Saturday, December 16th, 2000, Malagnac perished by smoke in a fire at his recently-bought farm house in Saint-Étienne-du-Grès. He died just six weeks after Peyrefitte.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Peyrefitte
Peyrefitte offers us a version of early 20th century history in which all of the world seems queer. It is a vision of sybaritic privilege, doubtless distasteful to many, in which indulgence in the arts looks oddly like an eighth deadly sin. To be sure, reading The Exile of Capri is like the most reviled yet most mundane of the solitary vices, offering the temporary pleasure of a dream, without any real or lasting personal connection. A disappointing pleasure, perhaps, but worth indulging in, all the same. --Gregory Woods, The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered
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Christopher Biggins & Neil Sinclair

Christopher Kenneth Biggins (born 16 December 1948) is an English actor and television presenter. He formed a civil partnership with his partner of 14 years, air steward Neil Sinclair, on 30 December 2006 at Hackney Register Office.

Biggins was born in Oldham, Lancashire, and brought up in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he took elocution lessons and participated in local drama groups. His first big stage role was at the age of 17 in their Stage '65 production of Molière's Le Médecin malgré lui, where he played the lead as the hapless mistaken Doctor. This led to a job at the local repertory theatre.

He has been best known as a comedy actor, appearing as the regular character Lukewarm in the popular situation comedy Porridge (1974–77) starring Ronnie Barker. Other comedy shows he appeared in include Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973) and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973, 1978). In 1976 he played Nero in the BBC dramatisation of I, Claudius by Robert Graves, having been selected for the role partly on the strength of a television commercial in which he had played a Roman emperor presiding over the games. He also appeared in the BBC's Poldark in 1977. Despite these serious roles, his co-hosting of Surprise, Surprise and hosting children's gameshow On Safari (1982–1985) for TVS led to him being typecast as a "bubbly personality"; when asked in 2005 if he resented this, he replied

"No, not a bit of it. I'm perfectly happy being me, thank you, and I happen to know that I am afforded enormous respect from everybody I know. And anyway, I'm having something of a second wind now. I've reached the age where all kinds of roles are opening up to me."


Christopher Biggins (born 16 December 1948) is an English actor and television presenter. He formed a civil partnership with his partner of 14 years, air steward Neil Sinclair, on 30 December 2006 at Hackney Register Office. Biggins did not perform in pantomime in Christmas 2007 as he was taking part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, making this the first time he has not performed in a pantomime for 38 years. Biggins was eventually voted the winner of the show on 30 November 2007.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Biggins

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Gary Abrahams & Gary Essert

Gary Essert (1938 - December 16, 1992) was co-founder in 1971, along with partner Gary Abrahams, of FILMEX, the Los Angeles Film International Festival. Later, the two created the American Cinematheque in 1983. Both men passed away in 1992 due to the complication of AIDS at 1 month of distance.

Gary Abrahams  (1944 - November 5, 1992), a co-founder of the Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Filmex) and a prominent figure in the local cinema scene, died on November 5, 1992, in a Los Angeles hospice. He was 48 and died of the complications of AIDS.

Abrahams also was a founder of American Cinematheque, like Filmex an organization devoted to the international motion picture community in which films are selected from often exotic locations around the world for screening locally. Over the years millions of people have seen hundreds of films at the two festivals.

A native of Cleveland and a graduate of the University of Arizona, Abrahams came to Los Angeles in the late 1960s and worked in development for Paramount Television and later as director of corporate relations and merchandising for Marble Arch Productions.

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Barbara Smith (born December 16, 1946)

Barbara Smith (born December 16, 1946) is an American, lesbian feminist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. Since the early 1970s she has been active as an innovative critic, teacher, lecturer, author, independent scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought. She has also taught at numerous colleges and universities over the last twenty five years. Smith's essays, reviews, articles, short stories and literary criticism have appeared in a range of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Black Scholar, Ms., Gay Community News, The Guardian, The Village Voice, Conditions (magazine) and The Nation. Barbara has a twin sister, Beverly Smith, who is also a lesbian feminist activist and writer.

In 1975 Smith reorganized the Boston chapter of the National Black Feminist Organization to establish the Combahee River Collective.

As a socialist Black feminist organization the collective emphasized the intersectionality of racial, gender, heterosexist, and class oppression in the lives of Blacks and other women of color. Additionally, the collective aggressively worked on revolutionary issues such as "reproductive rights, rape, prison reform, sterilization abuse, violence against women, health care, and racism within the white women's movement," explains Beverly Guy-Sheftall in her introduction to Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-Feminist Thought. After working for the National Observer in 1974, Smith committed herself to never again being "in the position of having to make [her] own writing conform to someone else's standards or beliefs," (Smith 1998).

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

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Allison Burnett (born December 16, 1958)

Allison Burnett is a novelist and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He was born in Ithaca, New York. and grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Evanston, Illinois, where he attended Northwestern University, majoring in the Oral Interpretation of Literature. His debut novel, Christopher, was a finalist for the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction. His second novel, The House Beautiful, was published in the fall of 2006. His third novel Undiscovered Gyrl was published by Vintage Books in 2009. In 2011, the third book in his B.K. Troop trilogy, Death By Sunshine, was published by Writers Tribe Books.

Christopher: A Tale of Seduction (2003) is included in my Best XXI century Gay Novels (2000-2009).

Further Readings:

Christopher: A Tale of Seduction by Allison Burnett
Paperback: 259 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books; Revised edition (April 8, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0767913337
ISBN-13: 978-0767913331
Amazon: Christopher: A Tale of Seduction
Amazon Kindle: Christopher: A Tale of Seduction

The delicious debut of a hilarious new voice in fiction. It’s Oscar Wilde meets Nabokov meets something entirely new.

Unemployed, middle-aged, bipolar, gay, bitingly witty, erudite, unattractive, and lonely, B. K. Troop, the narrator of Christopher, isn’t exactly looking forward to a life of exciting prospects—until he meets his new neighbor. Christopher Ireland is a twenty-five-year-old idealist and aspiring novelist still reeling from a bitter divorce. Even though B.K. knows full well that Christopher is hopelessly heterosexual, he wants nothing more than to seduce him, so he sets about his self-appointed mission with all the cunning and zeal of the Big Bad Wolf.
Christopher recounts B.K’s year long attempt to consummate his lust, with hilarious results. But it also charts the coming of age of Christopher who, like all true idealists, throws himself body and soul into the quest for a meaningful life. He develops a crush on a married waitress, gets involved in politics, enrolls in a New Age workshop, struggles to begin his first novel, and battles to free himself from the clutches of his monstrous mother. Thankfully, all of this is seen through B.K’s eyes and narrated in his deliciously incisive and witty voice.
As often happens in tales of seduction, the seducer winds up being seduced by his prey, and that is precisely what, to his horror, B.K. discovers as his feelings turn more tender than predatory. Both darkly ironic and poignantly romantic, Christopher is a remarkable debut by a brave, acerbic, and original new writer.

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Book Blast: Delicious Mistake by Vicktor Alexander

Delicious Mistake by Vicktor Alexander
http://www.totallybound.com/delicious-mistake

Miguel Rodriguez stood by his friend Xavier’s side when evidence of his affair with another man came out. He also stuck by Xavier when he disappeared from Atlanta and moved to the mountains of Wyoming. But he will not stand by Xavier when he decides to marry his young lover and still run for the Senate.
Hopping on a plane to Wyoming, Miguel finds himself meeting Julian Canton, a young man who has no political ambitions and doesn’t even vote, and yet Miguel finds himself fascinated. Miguel makes the mistake of upgrading Julian’s ticket so they can get to know each other better and somehow finds himself in Riverton, WY, holding Julian’s hand as he says goodbye to his brother. Giving in to his attraction to the young man, Miguel struggles not only with his physical attraction but with his emotional one as well. When he compounds his mistake by inviting Julian along with him to talk to Xavier, he soon finds himself feeling something he has never felt before. Will he join his friend Xavier in listening to his heart or will he walk away?

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Author Bio: Vicktor “Vic” Alexander wrote his first story at the age of ten and hasn’t stopped writing since. He loves reading about anything and everything and is a proud member of the little known U.N. group (Undercover Nerds) because while he lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps sports, he also breathes history and science fiction and grew up a Trekkie. But don’t ask him about Dungeons & Dragons, because he has no idea how to play that game. When it comes to writing he loves everything from paranormal to contemporary to fantasy to historical and is known not only for being the Epilogue King but also for writing stories that cross lines and boundaries that he doesn’t know are there. Vic is a proud father of two daughters one of whom watches over him from Heaven with his deceased partner Christopher. Vic is a proud trans* and gay man, and when he is not writing, he is hanging out with his friends, or being distracted by videos of John Barrowman, Scott Hoying, and Shemar Moore. Vicktor has published numerous bestselling novels and has a WIP list that makes him exhausted just thinking about. He knows that he will be still be writing about hot men falling in love with each other, long after he is living in an assisted living facility, flirting with the hot, male nurses.

What do you like to read? Everything. Seriously. Everything.

What do you need someone to invent right away? How about an app that lets you create your perfect partner(s)? And then they’ll be delivered to you. That’d be awesome. Other than that, an app that I can plug into my brain that keeps writing even when I’m asleep, or that writes other books while I’m working on one. I’d get twice as much accomplished.

What does the word "romantic" mean to you? I think it means different things to different people. Romantic to me means expressing your feelings for someone in a special way, out of the norm, that connects not only with your love language but with their own, so they know you care about them, treasure them, and value the time you spend with them. For me it would be hanging out, watching a game/tv/movie together, eating/cooking together, going dancing together. Or even something as simple as telling me that they love me, and making me listen when they do it, or making me let the other person help/take care of me when I needed it. I spend my life taking care of others in one way or another, having someone who wants to take care of me is always unnerving and I fight it, because I’m independent, a Dom, and controlling as fuck, but having someone who takes care of me in subtle ways is very romantic (like bringing me hot chocolate when I’m having a bad day, or bringing me food when I haven’t eaten, or something like that).

Author Contact:
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