“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”– E.E. Cummings
In celebration of Pride Month, we are pleased to announce another fun Book Bingo (June Pride Month Celebration): A Virtual Adventure, in partnership with the Jefferson County Public Library.
If you are already familiar with our popular Southern California series, you will understand why we receive so many requests to expand the program nationwide. Pivoting to virtual events has made this not only possible, but offers up fun opportunities for exciting partnerships, participation by more of our over 130 book club favorite authors, and space to accommodate many more readers!
Be you. Do you. Celebrate you…And celebrate Pride Month by playing book bingo with six bestselling and book club favorite authors: Krista Burton, Nicolas DiDomizio, Elle Everhart, Jesse Leon, Jeffrey Dale Lofton, and Viola Shipman. Enjoy presentations by the authors, while playing an interactive virtual game of bingo, including fun prizes. All you have to do is show up (and why not invite your book club friends and fellow readers to join in as well) to learn about these great reads!
While this event is free, your purchase of a book(s) below (to be shipped to you within the U.S.) provides much-needed support to these authors.
Your Adventure includes a book discussion with all six authors, an interactive virtual game of Book Bingo, Q&A, prizes, and the opportunity to meet the authors via Zoom. Books may be ordered below for shipping within the U.S. and will include a signed bookplate. See below for registration information.
Krista Burton is the creator of the popular blog Effing Dykes and was a frequent contributor to the online magazine Rookie. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Elle, and VICE. She lives in Minnesota.
Lesbian bars have always been treasured safe spaces for their customers—havens that provide not only a good time, a stiff drink, and an ideal place to debut a brand-new septum piercing but a sense of belonging, a shelter from societal alienation and outright persecution. In 1987, there were 206 of them in America. Today, however, only a couple dozen lesbian bars are still open for business. How and why did this happen? What has been lost by such a decline? Has anything been gained? What—if any—are the downsides when marginalized communities become more accepted and mainstream? In her new book, Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest To Track Down The Last Remaining Lesbian Bars In America, Krista Burton attempts to answer these questions firsthand, venturing on an epic cross-country pilgrimage to the last few remaining dyke bars.
“Moby Dyke is a hilarious adventure story, a full-throated love letter to lesbian bars, and an open-hearted memoir all wrapped up in one glorious package. Come for the bars and stay for the people inside them.”
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Nicolas DiDomizio holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Connecticut State University and a master’s degree from NYU. His debut novel, Burn It All Down, was published in 2021 and praised as “unforgettable” by James Patterson. He lives in upstate New York with his partner Graig and their smooshy bulldog Rocco. The Gay Best Friend is his second novel.
In his new book, The Gay Best Friend, Domenic Marino has become an expert at code-switching between the hypermasculine and ultrafeminine worlds of his two soon-to-be-wed best friends. But this summer―reeling from his own failed engagement and tasked with attending their bachelor and bachelorette parties―he’s anxious over having to play both sides…A summer wedding comedy told entirely from the POV of the gay best man.
“Fun, frothy, and full of feels. With characters so messy they seem like people you’ve known your entire life―you know, the ones you simultaneously want to shake some sense into and hug the stuffing out of―it’s the perfect beach read.”
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Elle Everhart writes romantic comedies featuring the internet, sarcasm, and lots of queer characters (especially bisexual characters because “I, too, cuff my jeans and can’t properly sit in chairs”). Elle lives in East London and works as a secondary English teacher. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch her watching a whole lot of YouTube, obsessing over the worst shows Netflix has to offer, and hanging around with her son.
People We Meet on Vacation meets The Unhoneymooners in this sparkling debut romantic comedy about two near strangers—and complete opposites—who win a radio contest for a trip around the world.
“Laugh-out-loud funny, sizzling hot, and full of heart. Jack and Dylan are undeniable proof that opposites do attract, and following them around the world is the great escape we all need right now!”
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Jesse Leon is a social impact consultant to foundations, impact investors, non-profits, and real estate developers on ways to address issues of substance abuse, affordable housing, and educational opportunities for at-risk youth. Since receiving a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, Jesse has managed multi-million dollar philanthropic grantmaking for various foundations and banking institutions, managed over $1B in public sector investments for affordable housing, and built thousands of units of mixed-income housing as a real estate developer for Bank of America.
Jesse’s unforgettable memoir, I’m Not Broken, is an inspirational portrait of one young man’s indomitable strength and spirit to survive—against all possible odds.
“A book for survivors and those who know someone they hope survives, bodhisattvas all.”
Jeffrey Dale Lofton hails from Warm Springs, Georgia. Early on, Jeffrey spent many a night acting on the stages of DC’s theaters and performing arts centers. He even scored a few television appearances, including a Super Bowl halftime commercial, which his accountant wisecracked “Is the finest work of your career.” When he stepped away from acting for other, more traditional employment (much to his parents’ delight and relief), he also focused on pursuing post-graduate work, ultimately being awarded Master’s degrees in both Public Administration and Library and Information Science. Jeffrey calls the nation’s capital home now, where he serves as a senior advisor at the Library of Congress, surrounded by books and people who love books—in short, paradise.
“Make a glass of sweet tea, pull up a porch chair, and a cloth to mop your brow. Red Clay Suzie roots readers in the pacing of the South as Lofton coaxes his people from the heat and the rain and the gardens and the cars. It is a journey of refuge and emergence—helped and hindered by family and friends. Even through the characters’ most painful moments of discovery and loss, it is an absolute joy to read. Three cheers to Jeffrey Dale Lofton and his stellar debut novel.”
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WADE ROUSE is the internationally bestselling author of nine books, which have been translated into nearly 20 languages. Wade chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. Wade’s novels include The Charm Bracelet, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book of the Year; The Hope Chest; and The Recipe Box. NYT bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank says of Wade and his latest novel, The Summer Cottage: “Every now and then a new voice in fiction arrives to completely charm, entertain and remind us what matters. Viola Shipman is that voice and The Summer Cottage is that novel.”
Bursting with memorable characters and small-town lore, Famous in a Small Town, the enchanting new novel from the bestselling author of The Clover Girls is Fried Green Tomatoes meets Virgin River, a magical story about the family you’re born with, and the one you choose.
“Full of summertime delight…and sweet, nostalgic charm, Famous in a Small Town is a beautiful reminder to…fully embrace the magic that lives inside you.”
To schedule a book club visit with Viola (Wade) or any of our authors on NovelNetwork:
Jefferson County Public Library in Colorado helps to build an educated and vibrant community by providing equal access to information and opportunities. For this particular bingo event, register here with the Jeffco Public Library. Your virtual bingo card and Zoom invite will be sent directly from the Jeffco Public Library.
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