elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Days of Love is the Winner of the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards


Dear Elisa, It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the LGBT Non-Fiction Category of the 3rd Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards. Your book, Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time, truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work. The entire team at the Beverly Hills Book Awards sincerely hope your participation in our contest will serve you well in creating the success your book deserves. You have our warmest congratulations. Warmly, ELLEN REID, President & CEO Beverly Hills Book Awards http://www.beverlyhillsbookawards.com/2015-BHBA-Winners-and-Finalists.htm#lgbtnf

‘DAYS OF LOVE’ CELEBRATES LGBT HISTORY ONE LOVE STORY AT A TIME 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. Days of Love, created and Edited by Elisa Rolle, makes inspiring reading and lays to rest the myth that LGBT couples are not capable of sustaining life-long relationships. Packed full of beautiful photos and illustrations it lovingly features the personal stories of 700 LGBT couples from the dawn of history to the present day. 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 the families they have started together. Days of Love is also a great source of LGBT trivia and stories that have all-too-often been written out of history. For example, did you know that Sir Isaac Newton, who laid the foundation for modern physics, may have had a relationship with a Swiss mathematician, Nicolas Fatio de Duillier? That the British author of 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke had a 13-year partnership with a male Sri Lankan teenager, and they are buried together? This is only a fraction of the fascinating facts that you can discover. What comes across is an alternative cultural history of LGBT people. As we celebrate growing social acceptability and the increasing introduction 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 whoever we want. Elisa Rolle explains in the introduction to Days of Love why she decided to compile this book: "I have always liked love stories, and to me, even if you only spent one day in blissful happiness, then it was a love story. I see the following pages like a family photo album, the enlarged LGBT family sharing their memories: you will read about couples who managed to stay together for more than 70 years, but also those who were able to have only some days of happiness."

A successful, multi-lingual career woman, Elisa Rolle’s job takes her all around the world, yet she somehow manages to find time to review books, write articles and interview authors for her site. Her website — http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/ — is one of the most comprehensive online journals dedicated solely to LGBT literature, art, and film. She also founded ‘Rainbow Awards’, an online annual awards event that judges hundreds of LGBT titles in dozens of categories.

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
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=elimyrevandra-20
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=elimyrevandra-20

Reviews & Spotlights:
It's one of those books that will start out quietly, but one day in the future be something significant from a cultural and historical POV. By Ryan Field http://ryan-field.blogspot.it/2015/03/by-elisa-rolle-days-of-love-celebrating.html
Inspiring work that belongs in every library. This book is simply amazing. Anyone who wants to refute the slanderous accusation that gay and lesbian couples can't achieve lasting relationships has hundreds of pages of proof right here. And the stories are nothing less than inspiring. By persnickety @Amazon http://www.amazon.com/review/R3TANZBHN46AME/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00N4EZNVK
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-review-days-of-love/
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-love/
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/magazine/4574334751/BOOK-Days-Of-Love-Celebrating-LGBT-History-One-Love-Story-At-A-Time/9442157
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 http://www.amazon.com/review/R1RU8ZMQ9QOR1N/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00MZG0VHY
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-zone/docs/zone_low_res__adrian_/c/sui43wz
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 http://www.amazon.com/review/RY5MZH5D9QCUH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm
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/connextionsmag/docs/issue17/34
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/book-days-of-love-celebrates-lgbt-history/
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/category/lifestyle/this-is-for-lovers.aspx
Thank you so much, Elisa Rolle. Undoubtedly, "Days Of Love" is one of the greatest gifts to the LGBT community. @Amazon http://www.amazon.com/rev…/R15EBXLAA6DA6I/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm…
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 http://www.amazon.com/review/REVSURWDF1HF1/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1500563323
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 http://www.amazon.com/review/R1R2A1GJW2X4O3/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00MZG0VHY
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_article.php?sec=books&article=892
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 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23013197-days-of-love#other_reviews
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 http://www.amazon.com/review/R39FNM7W9LFC9B/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm/?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1500563323
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/Days-Of-Love-Celebrating-LGBT-History-One-Story-At-A-Time-182/
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 http://www.amazon.com/review/R222NP5MBMVPWL/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00MZG0VHY
A beautiful book of amazing photos and stories. By LeeA P @Amazon http://www.amazon.com/review/R35DJ0G42HB9A3/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1500563323
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://thenovelapproachreviews.com/2014/09/07/sunday-spotlight-review-days-of-love-by-elisa-rolle/
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 http://www.amazon.com/review/RHA7GTWNXO6IS/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1500563323
Thank you to Ms. Rolle for her exhaustive research, her inclusiveness, and for making such a work available. by Lee Lynch @Amazon http://www.amazon.com/review/R1Q9XHF1NTAYL7/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1500563323
This is a real dip in and out of Tree Book. A glorious history of LGBTQ love stories. By Moogie @Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23013197-days-of-love#other_reviews
A truly epic and comprehensive directory of LGBT love down the ages. A real achievement. By Jack Scott @Amazon http://www.amazon.com/review/R3SSDCT1DWURFF/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00MZG0VHY
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/2014/08/24/days-of-love-celebrating-lgbt-history-one-story-at-a-time-by-elisa-rolle/
Through laughter and tears, love endures. By J. Lawrence @Amazon http://www.amazon.com/review/R2WFEH20HXJVF7/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00MZG0VHY
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/other_projects.asp?id=Books

Early Bird Reviews:
“It looks wonderful.” Dorothy Allison
“This book will surely become a valuable resource to all, and a comforting reminder that romance has always existed in many diverse forms.” Jay Bell
“It looks like the perfect read” Jp Bowie
“It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I immediately went looking for our entry, but kept stopping along the way to read others. I kept learning things. I didn't know that Bob Giard's photo of the two naked men sharing a newspaper was of Larry Duplechan and his partner. And I love your decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. I am delighted to be part of this. (And tickled to be among such folks as Frederich the Great and Astolphe de Custine as well as my friends Victor Bumbalo, Michael Bronski, Mark Merlis and many others. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram
“Wow, the book looks BEAUTIFUL! A wonderful book!” Barry Brennessel
“It looks beautiful. Thanks you so much for doing this book, I think it is very important.” Michael Bronski
“CONGRATULATIONS! The book looks monumental.” Victor Bumbalo
“Looks great!” Steve Callahan
“Had no idea this would be so extensive. Well done.” Alan Chin
“This is a special book” Costello Tagliapietra
“I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! Now that I’ve seen the breadth of this survey, I’m doubly honored that we have been included. I hope that it captures the attention of librarians far and wide. I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids who might not be able to afford the cost of purchasing the book but who will surely find it if is available on library shelves and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse
“What an amazing book.” Jameson Currier
“Wow. I’m not quite sure we deserve to be in this book…but I am touched.” Ulysses Dietz
“Thank you for this.” Tom Dolby
“It looks great. Thank you for doing this for ALL of us.” Paul Alan Fahey
“It looks great.” Ryan Field
“That is really beautiful! It's a fantastic book.” Harper Fox
“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. Mark Hemry and I were delighted to be included in Elisa's wonderful book which in the amazing helix of its sheer volume of entries develops the only context this serious, yet entertaining, LGBT history book needs. Elisa Rolle's "Book of Days" is a starting point for those entering gay culture, and will be a valued reference book for historians for the next hundred years.” Jack Fritscher
“Amazing work!” Brent Hartinger
“It looks fantastic!” Sam Irvin
“This is a stunning achievement!!! It's fantastic!!! Congratulations on this spectacular book. It's A WINNER!!!!!” Fay Jacobs
“WOW! This is wonderful. Much more than I was expecting this project to be. We are really honored to be among your 6 or 7 hundred some gay couples of history. This is really wonderful! I’ll say it again.” Toby Johnson
“What a wonderful labor of love this is.” William J. Mann
“Thanks for including us in your wonderful book.” Mark Merlis
“I have been reading your book all morning. It is simply wonderful! The research and passion you put into this project is absolutely stunning! And to be included in this is such a terrific honor. I can’ thank you enough.” Nick Nolan
“The book looks beautiful. We are honored to be part of such history.” Frank Anthony Polito
“It's gorgeous! And an important book, too. Thank you for the labor of, truly, love.” Rick R. Reed
“Wow! This is wonderful! An impressive undertaking. We are so grateful to be included in this important book. Thank you for all of your efforts and for this wonderful gift to the world.” Salvatore Sapienza
“Looks great!” Steven Saylor
“We are in some amazing company. I'm chuffed!” Jack Scott Author
"This is one of the most extraordinary books published in the last decade. It should win a Lammy for the year." Charles Silverstein
“Looks good! What a lineage.” Karl Soehnlein
“A fascinating history and we are proud to be part of it.” Ralph Sylvester and Stathis Orphanos

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