McCauley was raised outside of Boston and went to public schools for his education. Later, as an undergraduate, he attended the University of Vermont and then spent a year in France at the University of Nice. Stephen worked a series of unrelated jobs including teaching yoga, working at a hotel, a kindergarten, and manning an ice cream stand. He worked as a travel agent for many years before moving to Brooklyn in the 1980s. There he attended adult learning centers to take some writing classes before enrolling in Columbia University's writing program. The writer Stephen Koch gave him the idea to begin work on his first novel.
His stories, articles and reviews have appeared in Gay Community News, Bay Windows, the Boston Phoenix, the New York Times Book Review, Vogue, House & Garden, Details, Vanity Fair, Harper's, and Travel and Leisure, among others.
His first novel, "The Object of My Affection" was adapted in 1998 into a Hollywood feature starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, whilst his fourth, "True Enough" was adapted in France in 2007 with the title "La Verite ou Presque".
Stephen McCauley with authors Christopher Castellani and Sebastian Stuart at Porter Square Books, February 1st, 2012
Stephen McCauley is an American author. He has written six novels to date including most recently Insignificant Others. His most famous novel is The Object of My Affection, which was made into a movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. McCauley and longtime partner Sebastian Stuart (a Ferro-Grumley Award winner for The Hour Between and an alum of the Ragdale Foundation) live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2010 Sebastian Stuart and Stephen McCauley celebrated twenty years together.
Neil Miller is an American journalist and writer, best known for his books on LGBT history. Miller's most acclaimed book, In Search of Gay America, published in 1989, was the first book to examine gay and lesbian life outside the large metropolitan areas. Miller's freelance articles have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, the Los Angeles Times. He teaches journalism and nonfiction writing at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Stephen McCauley and Neil Miller, 1987, by Robert Giard.
Neil Miller (born 1945) is an American journalist and nonfiction writer, best known for his books on LGBT history and culture.
Miller was born in Kingston, New York, in 1945 and graduated from Kingston High School and Brown University. He was the news editor of the Gay Community News, the first weekly gay and lesbian newspaper in the United States, from 1975 to 1978, and also served as the paper's features and managing editor. He worked as a staff writer at the Boston Phoenix in the early 1980s.
Miller's most acclaimed book, In Search of Gay America, published in 1989, was the first book to examine gay and lesbian life outside the large metropolitan areas. Miller's subjects include the openly gay mayor of a small Missouri town, gay dairy farmers in Minnesota, a lesbian coal miner in West Virginia, and gay Native Americans in South Dakota. The book won a Lambda Literary Award in 1991 and was honored by the American Library Association. His second book, the ambitious Out in the World (1992), looked at gay and lesbian life in twelve countries around the world, including South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, Japan, Australia, and Denmark. His next book, Out of the Past, was an international survey of LGBT history beginning in 1869, the first time the word "homosexuality" appeared in print. First published in 1995, the book ranged in scope from the story of Plains Indians to the Nazi persecution of homosexuals to America in the age of AIDS. A revised, updated version appeared in 2006.
His interest in gay history led him to write Sex-Crime Panic, an investigative account of the round-up and incarceration of 20 gay men in Sioux City, Iowa, during the McCarthy period. The round-up followed the brutal, unsolved murders of two small children. Although the men were never linked to the crimes in any way, they were labeled as "sexual psychopaths" and incarcerated in a locked ward of a state mental hospital until they were deemed "cured." Sex-Crime Panic received a Lambda Literary Award in 2002, as well as the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction from the Publishing Triangle. The story was almost completely unknown until Miller discovered it, tracking down participants and victims in detective-like fashion.
In a departure, Miller's 2008 book, Kartchner Caverns was a nonfiction account of the discovery of stunning limestone caves in southern Arizona by two young men in 1974, and their 25 year quest to save them from environmental degradation. The caves are now an Arizona state park. Kartchner Caverns was the winner of the 2009 Arizona Book Award for "best book," awarded by the Arizona Publishing Association. It also received a Southwest Book Award for 2008 from the Border Regional Library Association.
Miller's latest book, "Banned in Boston" is an account of the New England Watch and Ward Society's 90-year role as Boston's "moral guardian," censoring books and plays and raiding places of gambling and prostitution. The powerful organization was funded by Boston's "Brahmin" elite. The book was published by Beacon Press in the fall of 2010.
Miller's freelance articles have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, CommonWealth Magazine, the Unitarian Universalist World, The Advocate, and Out. He teaches journalism and nonfiction writing at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
In many respects Stephen McCauley’s charming novel, “The Object of My Affection”, first published in 1987, could be seen as the precursor to the entire genre of urban gay romance. George is a gay kindergarten teacher trying to get over an ex-boyfriend and living with Nina, a single, pregnant woman. I think this book continues to deserve all of its many fans. McCauley’s subsequent novels are equally as delightful. --Jameson Currier
Stephen McCauley, 1987, by Robert Giard
Neil Miller, 1987, by Robert Giard
American photographer Robert Giard is renowned for his portraits of American poets and writers; his particular focus was on gay and lesbian writers. Some of his photographs of the American gay and lesbian literary community appear in his groundbreaking book Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers, published by MIT Press in 1997. Giard’s stated mission was to define the literary history and cultural identity of gays and lesbians for the mainstream of American society, which perceived them as disparate, marginal individuals possessing neither. In all, he photographed more than 600 writers. (http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digital
Sebastian Stuart (born September 27, a Ferro-Grumley Award winner for The Hour Between and an alum of the Ragdale Foundation) has written novels, plays, and screenplays. His last novel was ghostwritten (with acknowledgment): Charm! by Kendall Hart, a character on the soap opera All My Children. Charm! spent five weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.
Stuart and longtime partner Stephen McCauley live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2010 Sebastian Stuart and Stephen McCauley celebrated twenty years together.
Alternatives to Sex: A Novel by Stephen McCauley
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 9, 2007)
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Boston real estate agent William Collins knows that his habits are slipping out of control. Due to obsessive-compulsive daily cleaning binges and a penchant for nightly online cruising for hookups, he finds his sales figures slipping despite a booming market. There's also his ongoing struggle to collect the rent from his passive-aggressive tenant and his worries about his best friend, Edward, whom he's certainly not in love with. Just as he decides to do something about his life, he meets Charlotte and Samuel, wealthy suburbanites looking for the perfect city apartment. "Happy couple," he writes in his notes. "Maybe I can learn something from them." What he ultimately discovers challenges his own assumptions about real estate, love, and desire; and what they learn from him might unravel a budding friendship, not to mention a very promising sale.
Full of crackling dialogue delivered by a stellar ensemble of players, Alternatives to Sex is a smart, hilarious chronicle of life in post-traumatic, morally ambiguous America -- where the desire to do good is constantly being tripped up by the need to feel good. Right now.
The Hour Between: A Novel by Sebastian Stuart
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Alyson Books (September 1, 2009)
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“I love stories about friendship, particularly those in which friendship is recalled under a nostalgic haze...I found the whole thing quite lovely...Stuart knows how to cut the pathos with some sharp wit.”—Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Company for National Public Radio
When Arthur McDougal is kicked out of Manhattan’s toniest boys’ school, his parents ship him off to the only place that will take him in—the Christian Science–inflected Spooner School. There, in the woods of Connecticut, Arthur meets Katrina Felt, the charming, troubled daughter of a Hollywood movie star. As Arthur struggles with his sexuality and Katrina’s beauty and talent land her in a Broadway musical, the two forge a tender friendship. But while Arthur’s confidence grows, Katrina is pulled down by the heartbreaking secrets and sorrows of her past. By year’s end, their lives will be changed forever, and their friendship will be over. Set in the late 1960s, The Hour Between is a compelling portrait of a time and place, replete with drugs, sex, Andy Warhol, a cast of truly memorable secondary characters, and some of the sharpest and funniest dialogue in recent memory.
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