Many thanks to Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, and especially Greg Newton for hosting the book launch party for The Seventh Pleiade.
It was a great time!
My husband Genaro took a few shots during the night.
Cue the music…
It’s the official release day for The Seventh Pleiade!!
Atlantis is besieged by violent storms, tremors, and a barbarian army. For sixteen-year old Aerander, it’s a calamitous backdrop to his Panegyris, where boys are feted for their passage to manhood.
Amid a secret web of romances among the celebrants, Aerander’s cousin Dam goes missing with two boys. With the kingdom in crisis, no one suspects the High Priest Zazamoukh though Aerander uncovers a conspiracy to barter boys for dark spiritual power. Aerander’s proof — an underground vault that disappears in the morning — brings shame on his family and suspicions of lunacy. The only way to regain his honor is to prove what really happened to the missing boys.
Tracking Dam leads Aerander on a terrifying and fantastical journey. He spots a star that hasn’t been seen for centuries. He uncovers a legend about an ancient race of men who hid below the earth. And traveling to an underground world, he learns about matters even more urgent than the missing boys. The world aboveground is changing, and he will have to clear a path for the kingdom’s survival.
And, for New Yorkers, you can get an autographed copy of the book this Friday, November 22nd at the Official Release Party hosted by Bureau of General Services – Queer Division. It’s free and open to the public.
One of my favorite venues, the Bureau for General Services – Queer Division is hosting the release party for The Seventh Pleiade. Details:
Friday, November 22nd 8:30 – 10:30PM
BGSQD c/o CAGE
83A Hester Street, New York, NY 10002
Here’s the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/252080211607191/?source=1
What you can expect: drinks, hors d’oeuvres, books, autographed copies for sale, music, and me with a big happy face. I am working on a party playlist and recently discovered this atmospheric track by Josh Grobman from the Troy soundtrack:
I’ll be speaking on a panel next Saturday, November 9th 5pm at Bent-con in Los Angeles, along with authors Diane Anderson-Mitchell, Jess Faraday, Daniel W. Kelly, and Felice Picano.
The title of our program is: Qweirdos! LGBT Voices for a Generation of Gay Geeks and Freaks.
I never considered myself a geek before, at least not with a capital G, until I got into researching Atlantis. Now that I can happily hold my own in conversations about the origins of Aquaman, the Bimini theory versus the Thera theory, and Lewis Spence’s concept of the Atlantean Culture Complex, I think I have qualified for that title.
Here’s a description of our program from the Bent-con website:
Forget circuit parties and lesbian golf events. The Qweirdo is a fresh gay subculture obsessed with comic conventions, the SyFy Network, Harry Potter, True Blood, and drag queen midnight movies. A panel of Bold Strokes Books authors considers why an LGBTQ community is emerging so strongly in genres usually dominated by straight geeks who can’t get dates, why general horror, sci-fi, and fantasy fiction aren’t enough and we need LGBTQ voices in the genres, finding our audience, and more.
Sound like your idea of a good time? Come join us, and while you’re at the con, stop by the Bold Strokes Books table to get an autographed copy of The Seventh Pleiade.
This is a lazy blog post. It really is.
I basically just wanted to share a very sharp, well-reasoned analysis of the status of LGBT YA written by author Malinda Lo earlier this week (“LGBT Young Adult Books 2003-2013: A Decade of Slow But Steady Change”).
You might find the title to be a bit charitable after you read the article and see her pie charts and graphs. (Yay for Pie Charts and Graphs!) In an industry that publishes thousands of young adult books every year, on average only fifteen of those books portray LGBT teens and/or “LGBT issues” such as growing up with same-sex parents or bullying in school.
Anyway, as always, Lo is thoughtful and precise in her consideration of the dilemma. Part of that precision is focusing on big publishers only. The number of LGBT titles from small presses, or those self-published by authors, is very challenging to count and analyze. Including those titles could skew perceptions. It’s important that LGBT books are published, but it’s also important that they have a wide distribution so that they get to teen readers. That’s not to say that LGBT titles at big publishers are better. I like the way that Lo addresses this issue:
“In some ways, I see the largest YA publishers as analogous to the broadcast networks on television. Broadcast networks have historically had the widest reach, even though much quality programming happens these days on cable channels that have smaller distribution in the television marketplace. An analysis of the broadcast networks — or the major publishers — doesn’t negate the contributions that smaller networks (or publishers) can and do make, especially in representation of minorities, but I do think the major networks (and publishers) have a greater responsibility due to their greater reach.”
October is Shifters & Weres Month at ParanormalCravings.com. Surf over to check out book trailers, free reads, author interviews, character interviews, book giveaways and more.
I’ll be headed there myself this Friday, October 25th for a fun interview with Jackson Dowd, the main character from Werecat: The Rearing.