I'm true, I was upset, and I almost questioned if I did the right thing publishing it, but then, right today, I received the last confirmation from The Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association, writing about Days of Love: "A book about equality, Days of Love will be a welcome addition to any bookshelf"
So no, the book didn't receive any nomination, but I think you will like to read about the many feedbacks it received, so it's my pleasure to share them with you all:
- A book about equality, Days of Love will be a welcome addition to any bookshelf. By David McFarlane @Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association http://nigra.org.uk/book-
- Reading Elisa Rolle’s impressive bio offers a glimpse into how much work she must have done in putting together this exhaustive tome. By David-Elijah Nahmod @Echo Magazine http://www.echomag.com/days-
- The book also reminds us that in these times when equality is moving forward, there were a number of people who came before us, paving the way for LGBT rights to be crystallised. By Paul Szabo @The Gay UK http://www.thegayuk.com/
- It serves as a reminder of the importance of love, how powerful it is and how much it should be cherished. By Amie Love @Amazon
- Days of Love lays to rest the well-established myth that LGBT couples aren't capable of sustaining life-long relationships. @Midlands Zone http://issuu.com/midlands-
- At 750-plus pages, with a full index, it's going to be one of those bedside regulars for at least a year, with a few essays to read each night. By Jim Provenzano @Amazon
- At first, the book seemed like a daunting, scary task to read because of its size, it has over 500 pages. However, once the reader begins to investigate further, the size of the book becomes a non-issue and becomes a brilliant story book. [...] I especially enjoyed reading and learning about those relationships that lasted more than 50 years, and in some cases it was documented that after one of the partner's death, the surviving partner would often die shortly after, as if to say that not even death could separate them. These men and women, members of our LGBT community, were pioneers and started opening doors for civil rights. By JJ Vega @Connextions Magazine http://issuu.com/
- A new book chronicling 2,000 years of same-sex love stories, from Alexander the Great to the latest Literary Award winner, makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. By Gordon @Bent Magazine http://mag.bent.com/2015/01/
- This is for lovers, Ditch the roses for Valentine's Day and pick up this book of LGBT love stories instead. By Amy McDonnell @DIVA Magazine http://www.divamag.co.uk/
- Thank you so much, Elisa Rolle. Undoubtedly, "Days Of Love" is one of the greatest gifts to the LGBT community. @Amazon
- It's sitting out on our living room coffee table--partly to boast to friends that Kip and I are included in the collection of couples and partly to pick up and read and ponder other gay people's lives and loves down through time. It's a beautiful book. By Toby Johnson @Amazon
- Wonderful book and I will often return to it and enjoy all the photo's and stories. Truly a labour of love. By Sylvia @Amazon
- Ultimately one can only applaud Rolle for her diligence. Despite centuries of history silencing LGBT relationships, a brief perusal of Days of Love should convince any skeptic that there have always been LGBT people seeking love. As we bask in these heady days of social acceptability and legality of same-sex marriage, we are reminded that many people past and present paved the way for our civil rights, not the least of which is the right to love whomever we want. by Brian Bromberger @The Bay Area Reporter http://ebar.com/arts/art_
- Worth it for reference, worth it for the reminder of how much love and art and blood sweat and tears gay people have put into the world, often unknown until after death. By Ajax Bell @Goodreads
- I purchased a print edition for my local PFLAG group, because I believed that in a world where there is so much negativity towards the LGBT community, our members needed to hear the positive message of enduring love. By Eden Winters @Amazon
- The individual stories range from historically interesting to politically important to whimsically charming [...] As we see the world views changing in a positive way towards the LGBT community, some of the people in this book were pioneers without even knowing it. They loved who they loved and didn’t apologise for how they felt. @LOTL, Lesbians on the Loose http://www.lotl.com/Culture/
- Chronicling 2,000 years of gay relationships from Alexander the Great to the latest Lambda Literary Award winner, Elisa Rolle's curated collection of love stories is more than inspiration, it's aspiration! By Jesse Archer DNA Magazine Australia
- It's our history and cannot be ignored! By Fay Jacobs @A&M Books
- A beautiful book of amazing photos and stories. By LeeA P @Amazon
- I was blown away by the wealth of information between these pages. While reading, I was amazed by the research that had gone into it. Just thinking about the time and energy this author has spent compiling these facts about each couple, past and present, is mind boggling. by Lynn @The Novel Approach Reviews http://
- Days of Love is sitting on our coffee table--right where it will stay. Great for browsing or reading one story at a time. by Paul Alan Fahey @Amazon
- Thank you to Ms. Rolle for her exhaustive research, her inclusiveness, and for making such a work available. by Lee Lynch @Amazon
- This is a real dip in and out of Tree Book. A glorious history of LGBTQ love stories. By Moogie @Goodreads
- A truly epic and comprehensive directory of LGBT love down the ages. A real achievement. By Jack Scott @Amazon
- It’s truly amazing being included in this books that looks at hundreds of LGBT couples, both historical and present day. By Jeff Adams http://www.jeffandwill.com/
- Through laughter and tears, love endures. By J. Lawrence @Amazon
- Gary and I were honored to be included in Elisa Rolle's historically significant and beautiful book, Days of Love, which chronicles LGBT couples throughout history. Many of the contemporary couples – like Gary and I – share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married. It was a massive undertaking on Elisa's part, and I think it's an important part of our collective history and future. By Wade Rouse. http://waderouse.com/content/
And to close, the best feedback of all. I didn't have an award or either a nomination to put near my book, but probably not many of the other books with a nomination will have the same honor as mine:
Many thanks for sending the wonderful feedbacks for "Days of Love." These are the deserving testimonies to your monumental work. Ralph and I are proud to have been part of it.
The Library of Congress in Washington recently purchased our Sylvester & Orphanos Publication Archive (all the materials that went into creating our twenty-six limited-signed editions), and my Christopher Isherwood Collection (over 500 signed and fully inscribed items), and on June 28th I will give a lecture at the Library regarding both collections, plus my photography.
The library has a copy of your book, and I have asked that it be displayed prominently during my lecture.
Again, thanks for the update.
And to celebrate all these good news, there is a giveaway on Amazon for 1 print copy of Days of Love: giveaway.amazon.com/p/c199bbaff4701bb7
So what you are waiting?
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)
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=e
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=e
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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