March 10th, 2015

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Kate Chopin & Kitty Garesche

Kate Chopin, born Katherine O'Flaherty (February 8, 1850 — August 22, 1904), was an American author of short stories and novels. She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century.

From 1892 to 1895, she wrote short stories for both children and adults which were published in such magazines as Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, The Century Magazine, and The Youth's Companion. Her major works were two short story collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897). Her important short stories included "Desiree's Baby," a tale of miscegenation in antebellum Louisiana (published in 1893), "The Story of an Hour" (1894), and "The Storm"(1898). "The Storm" is a sequel to "The 'Cadian Ball," which appeared in her first collection of short stories, Bayou Folk. Chopin also wrote two novels: At Fault (1890) and The Awakening (1899), which are set in St. Louis & Natchitoches Parish and New Orleans & Grand Isle. The people in her stories are usually inhabitants of Louisiana. Many of her works are set in Natchitoches in north central Louisiana.

Within a decade of her death, Chopin was widely recognized as one of the leading writers of her time. In 1915, Fred Lewis Pattee wrote, "some of [Chopin's] work is equal to the best that has been produced in France or even in America. [She displayed] what may be described as a native aptitude for narration amounting almost to genius."

Kate Chopin's House
Kate Chopin was an American author of short stories and novels. She is considered to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. An early feminist, many of Chopin’s writings feature such intimate female-female relationships. So did her life—one of her lovers was Sister Katherine "Kitty" Garesche, a friend from school days. Garesche entered the Sacred Heart convent shortly after Chopin married but the two women continued their intimate friendship for the rest of their lives.

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Source: Queers in History by Keith Stern

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher

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John Rechy (born March 10, 1934)

John Francis Rechy (born March 10, 1934 in El Paso, Texas) is an American author. In his novels he has written extensively about homosexual culture in Los Angeles and wider America, and is among the pioneers of modern LGBT literature. Drawing on his own background, he has also contributed to Chicano literature, especially with his novel The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, which is taught in several Chicano literature courses in the United States. His work has often faced censorship due to its sexual content, particularly (but not solely) in the 1960s and 1970s, but books such as City of Night have been best sellers, and he has many literary admirers.

Rechy is the author of the following novels and other works:

- City of Night (Grove Press, 1963): According to Rechy, "City of Night began as a letter to a friend of mine after I had been to New Orleans. I wrote City of Night because they were my experiences hustling, and it began as a letter. I didn't think of it as a book. But it should begin in El Paso . . . . in Texas". It is a story of a lonely male hustler who desperately seeks to find love on the bright neon streets of New York City, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.

- Numbers (Grove Press, 1967): In Numbers, the protagonist seeks to convince himself that he is desirable, if not loved, by the sheer numbers of men who bed him; however, he has a problem he can't solve—he's getting older, and his looks are beginning to fade.

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What can I say, to me John Rechy was required reading to the gay world. I first read him in the early 60s, when I was hanging out in the sleazy world which Times Square was in those days. It was like he was my guiding angel, leading me through the streets which I followed readily. John Rechy was my ideal guide and I no longer cared of what might befall me. Many years have gone by, many other books have been read, a few have been written by myself, but John Rechy will remain what he always has been, a Beautiful Gay Man. Happy Birthday John, your life is sweet! --Mikola Dementiuk
As a Youngman Rechy Was My Role Model. Reading CITY OF NIGHT a year after it was published in the arms of my lover, both of us 20 and in redneck back-woods college isolation from anything supportive of gayness, this book became, and Rechy became, the model on which I built my life. In the early years he was my great teacher of how to be like a hustler which gave me social mobility to pass as "welcome" in any scene. I didn't actually charge money for sex, but I copped a pose of a hustler, and through this persona I lived out a gay life that would have otherwise gone repressed and shoved in a closet somewhere.
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His CITY OF NIGHT is in my hands and I am in the arms of my lover and it is 1965 and we are liberated by Rechy deep inside the hidden-most place in the USA. He was such a great liberator! I learned to love from reading how, from Rechy. --Roy Chaudoir
Further Readings:

The Coming of the Night by John Rechy
Series: Rechy, John
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (October 30, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802137423
ISBN-13: 978-0802137425
Amazon: The Coming of the Night
Amazon Kindle: The Coming of the Night

John Rechy's new novel is a return to the themes and scenes of his classic, best-selling City of Night and a bittersweet memorial to a lost world -- gay Los Angeles in the moment before AIDS. It is 1981, a summer night, and an unscripted ritual is about to take place. Young, beautiful Jesse is celebrating one year on the dazzling gay scene and plans to lose himself completely in its transient pleasures. He is joined by Dave, a leatherman bent on testing limits. A young hustler, an opera lover lost in fantasies of youth, a gang of teenagers looking for trouble -- as the Santa Ana winds breathe fire down the hills of Los Angeles, stirring up desires and violence, these men circle ever closer to a confrontation as devastating as it is inevitable. Lyrical, humorous, and compassionate, The Coming of the Night proves again that as a novelist and chronicler of gay life John Rechy has no equal. "The question Rechy asks is still potent: Would you die for sex? Rechy's sizzling literary response, The Coming of Night is as exciting as it is chilling." -- Pamela Warrick, Los Angeles Times; "[Rechy] very nearly touches greatness . . . feeling his way toward that place within each of us where the ecstatic teeters on the edge of psychic abyss. . . . A substantial artist." -- Frank Browning, Salon.

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W. A. Hoffman (born March 10, 1964)

"I have always felt I was on the outside looking in, thus the name of my publishing company, Alien Perspective. I have spent my life being told I wasn't conforming properly. I think conformity is heresy to an artist, and leads to spiritual and creative entropy.

I started my own publishing company because I didn't want any limitations placed on my muse by corporate marketing guesses about what people want to read. I write about characters and stories that interest me, and so far people seem to like what I have to say and how I say it. That makes me a very happy person.

And in yet another act of rebellion, I choose not to give you any demographic info in this bio. You don't need to know where I come from, what I believe - other than that I've said already - or if I have kids, or yadda yadda yadda.... Read what I write and decide if you like that. You'll learn a great deal about me, because art is the expression of our souls."


Further Readings:

Brethren: Raised By Wolves, Volume One by W. A. Hoffman
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Alien Perspective (January 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097210982X
ISBN-13: 978-0972109826
Amazon: Brethren: Raised By Wolves, Volume One
Amazon Kindle: Brethren: Raised By Wolves, Volume One

Part one of an epic four part "love story for men" set amongst the buccaneers of Port Royal during the infamous Henry Morgan raids. It is the story of the relationship between two lonely and scarred men as they attempt to find happiness and peace through love and friendship. With adventure and romance, this chronicle explores questions and themes of gender, sexual preference, societal acceptance of homosexuality, survival of childhood abuse, and how to build a lasting relationship in a world gone mad.

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Holly Hughes (born March 10, 1955)

Holly Hughes (born March 10, 1955) is an American lesbian performance artist. She began as a feminist painter in New York but is best known for her connection with the NEA Four, with whom she was denied funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and for her work with the Women's One World Cafe. Her plays explore sexuality, body images and the female mind. She is the recipient of several awards including the Lambda Book Award and an Obie Award. She teaches fine arts at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design.

Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Hughes graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1977 and moved to New York City two years later to become a feminist painter. She worked as a waitress to support herself but felt unfulfilled, later writing: "Why had I moved to New York City to live in an even crummier apartment and do the same things that I was doing in Kalamazoo?" She saw a poster promoting a "Double X-rated Christmas party" to be held in the basement of a Catholic church. There she found lesbian women stripping, kissing booths, and a highly sexual atmosphere. She eagerly attended many such parties, became involved with the group and began doing theater with them because "that's what they were doing". Hughes' first performance at the Women's One World Cafe (Wow Cafe) in the early 1980s was a piece called "My Life as a Glamour Don't", about various fashion mistakes. She followed this up with "Shrimp in a Basket" and then her breakthrough Well of Horniness (1983). At the WOW Cafe, Hughes felt that she was able to "tell the stories she so desperately wanted to be told as a child."

Hughes wrote, directed and performed in Dress Suits to Hire (1989). Focusing on the subjects of sexuality, masturbation and Jesus, her plays usually explore issues that she confronted as a young woman in college. In 1990 Hughes earned national attention as one of the so-called NEA Four, artists whose funding from the National Endowment for the Arts ("NEA") was vetoed. She addresses the NEA conrtoversy in her play Clit Notes.

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Book Blast: Blood of Salar by Alexis Duran

Blood of Salar (Masters and Mages 2) by Alexis Duran
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (March 2, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Blood of Salar (Masters and Mages 2)

M'lan, headmaster of the order of Ka'alar and Jamil Jarka, king's assassin, find their impossible love challenged to the utmost as a rebellion sweeps them apart, sending Jamil on a dangerous mission to assassinate the rebel leader, General Charvat. Unknown to anyone, Charvat is on his way to the temple to exploit the headmaster's magical abilities.

When the rebel army arrives, M'lan is thrust into a struggle against political and sexual dominance as Charvat attempts to break his resistance. Violence and death mount, awakening within M'lan both the powers of destruction and the desire for revenge.

On the trail of his prey, Jamil begins to question his devotion to M'lan as his once innocent lover transforms into a mage and invades the assassin's thoughts and dreams. The closer Jamil draws to M'lan, the more he puts his life and his very soul at risk. Jamil soon realizes that his lover might prove to be more deadly than the man he was sent to kill.

A final confrontation between assassin and monk might destroy them both, but Jamil is relentless in his determination to rescue M'lan, for he knows that only his love can master the mage.

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Author Bio: Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She's worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was cataloguing the collection in a haunted Victorian Mansion. She's had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres and is the author of the Masters and Mages erotic fantasy series. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and half cats. She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novel and several other erotic novellas.

Three things on your bucket list? Go to Iceland or Scandinavia to see the Aurora Borealis. Fly in a hot air balloon. Ride an elephant.

You meet a time traveler who will take you ‘anywhen’. Do you go to the past or the future? The past. I really don't want to know what lies ahead (that might ruin the fun) but I'm full of curiosity about the past, especially ancient times when civilization was just emerging in places like Ur and Sumer in Mesopotamia. I'd love to visit grand sites in their prime and see what really went on in Babylon, Angkor Watt, Petra, Machu Picchu. Then come back and write fabulous stories about it all, of course.

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Tour Dates: March 10, 2015
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