James Patterson wrote an account of his battle for LGBT employment opportunity with North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms. See "Supreme Job Blow to Jesse Helms" at https://glreview.org/heres-my-story/ I wrote a 5,000 word manuscript, rather boringly titled "Jesse Helms and LGBT Employment Protections," during Pandemic Spring. When an editor for Gay and Lesbian Review contacted me it was October, LGBT History Month, and October 11 is National COming Out Day. October was the right month for my manuscript. at 5,000 words it was not the right length for the publication. On a tight deadline, I had to reduce the manuscript to 1,500 words, I would have preferred a longer piece, but this version of my manuscript turned out fine, I think. I remain hopeful for my 5,000 word or more manuscript on this subject. I concluded that the U.S. Supreme Court accomplished what Congress failed to do which was to legally settle, for the moment, that LGBT workers are protected against discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The actions Helms took against me and others in the 1990s were, I argued, presented a political hold by Helms, who died in 2008, against a legislative remedy. Associated website
Pete Croatto's first book, "From Hang Time to Prime Time: Business, Entertainment, and the Birth of the Modern-day NBA" was released December 1 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. The book, which received a starred review from "Publishers Weekly," tracks the National Basketball Association's rise from an afterthought in American sporting life to an international cultural and business behemoth during the 1970s and 1980s. Croatto found an agent for the book's proposal at ASJA's annual conference in 2017. Associated website
Deborah Lynn Blumberg
As a board member for Houston's WiVLA (Women in the Visual and Literary Arts), I'm spearheading a virtual exhibit that our group is doing in partnership with Holocaust Museum Houston. Our writers and artists have worked together for months on the collaborative exhibit, which includes visual and literary pieces. I conquered my fear of appearing in video for the exhibit; the intro features me set up with a lavalier microphone delivering a short speech in my backyard! I also wrote a fiction piece for the exhibit that's related to my historical fiction novel in-progress.
[FOR THE URL- The exhibit URL will be coming soon! If someone from ASJA reaches out to me, I will send the url as soon as I get it. It will also be on the HMH website - https://hmh.org] Associated website
My seventh book, "Fight Back: Beat the Coronavirus" was published on July 7. It is a primer on what is known about the coronavirus, in terms of how to protect yourself from becoming infected, what to do if you become ill with COVID-19, how to strengthen your immune system and how to deal with the emotional impact of the pandemic. It was written with my-co-author, Dr. Chauncey Crandall. Associated website
Angela Bonavoglia's essay, "Blindsided," appears in the new anthology to be published by Beacon in October. "Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing", edited by Richard Blanco, Caridad Moro, Nikki Moustaki, and Elisa Albo, has a foreword by Joyce Maynard and an afterword by Anita Hill. A dedicated website featuring online interviews with various contributors is planned. Associated website
Angela Bonavoglia's essay, "Blindsided," appears in a new anthology to be published by Beacon Books in October. Entitled "Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing," the anthology has a foreword by Joyce Maynard and an afterword by Anita Hill). Associated website
My next book, "Classic Restaurants of Milwaukee," will be published on November 2 by The History Press. Also, I just became a Certified Tea Specialist!
Candy B. Harrington recently released her latest national park access guide, Barrier-Free Travel; Death Valley National Park for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. The guidebook includes detailed information for wheelchair-users and slow walkers on the trails, attractions, and lodgings in and near this popular national park. Associated website
My newest book, 'Ohana Means Family, was published in February by Neal Porter at Holiday House. This picture book with acclaimed illustrator Kenard Pak tells the story of a family cultivating kalo (taro) to make into poi, a traditional Hawaiian food. The cumulative rhyme in the style of "The House that Jack Built" introduces readers to an important aspect of Hawaiian culture and celebrates how food connects people to the land, the environment, and each other. This book received starred reviews in Kirkus and Booklist. Associated website