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My novels: THE SHAPE OF THE EARTH (erotic gay, in 2019 from Bold Strokes Books) * THE MAN WHO ASKED TO BE KILLED (noir legal thriller) reviewed at THE WASHINGTON INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BOOKS * My stories online:  INCORRIGIBLE in EROTIC REVIEW MAGAZINE * THE YEARBOOK in MOBIUS: A JOURNAL OF SOCIAL CHANGE My other stories appear in OFF THE ROCKS, Q REVIEW, BEST GAY LOVE STORIES 2005, AND HARRINGTON GAY MEN’S FICTION QUARTERLY My blogs:  garygarthmccann.com * Late Last Night Books online magazine streamlinememories.com My humorous 90-second video: HE WISHES SHE WOULDN’T READ IN BED 

I’ve been honored by first prizes from the Maryland Writers’ Association for both short fiction and mystery. I live in Annapolis with my husband, Todd Garth, the first out professor at the US Naval Academy. We married on our 25th anniversary. As a writer, I use Todd’s surname as a middle name. The head shots are of me now and in high school. Can you tell which is which?

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ANOTHER REASON TO HAVE A PROSTATE EXAM

Republished from a tweet by Helen @Hells4Heroes

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EVA KAPITAN, NOVELIST, PUBLISHER, JOYOUS LAUGHER, DIED APRIL 4, 2018

Author of the novels Lovers, Grapes and Crimes and Murder at the Wine Cask Inn, also proprietor of A Few Good Books Publishing, Eva selected quotations to appear on A Few Good Books Publishing web page that tell more about her than I could tell as succinctly.

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Douglas Adams

“Never threw up on an editor.” Ellen Datlow

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

Four years ago, on January 20, 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing Eva on Late Last Night Books online magazine. I present part of it below:

Question: I’ve read and enjoyed two of your cozy mysteries, Lovers, Grapes and Crimes and the forthcoming Murder at the Wine Cask Inn. Plots and characters are madcap, like a ’30s movie—I think of Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby. Where do the ideas for your books and the people in them come from?

Answer: There are times when I see a particular place that catches my imagination and I remember it and start weaving a story around it. Or an incident or conversation will trigger my imagination and I populate it with characters that I feel suit that place. Such is the case with the Georgina series. I have lived and feel a strong emotional attachment to the places in British Columbia where we see Georgina. A few of my characters are a combination of friends and colleagues who I worked with over the years but most are strictly imaginary. One exception (a secondary character) is real and exactly as I describe her.

Question: You once told me that you read the World Classics in Hungarian. Are there Hungarian novels translated into English that Late Last Night Books readers should look for?

Answer: Yes, quite a number of them. One is Sandor Marai who authored forty-six books, most of them novels, and was considered by literary critics to be one of Hungary’s most influential representatives of middle class literature between the two world wars. His 1942 book “Embers” was adapted by Christopher Hampton in 2006 for the stage and was performed in London.
Another prominent Hungarian author is Laszlo Krasznahorkai, very well received by the New York literary circles. One of his appearances in Soho was so crammed that people sat on the floor. “He deals in despair and metaphysical stasis, one part Kafka, one part Beckett, plus a dollop of earthy comedy,” in the words of one critic.
If you go to 20th Century Hungarian Literature, http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3636.20th_Century_Hungarian_Literature ‎, you will find a number of Hungarian authors translated into English.

Question: I know that you spent much of your pre-writing, pre-publishing career in the Toronto area. I can think of two Canadian authors that I’ve read and loved: the multiple-award-winning Robertson Davies and the Edgar-winning L R Wright. What other Canadian writers do you recommend?

Answer: Toronto is my hometown. I grew up there and went to the University of Toronto, majoring in English and French Literature. Among notable Canadian authors, Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature recently. Mary Lawson, who currently lives in England, is a late bloomer. Then there are Lisa Moore, Lawrence Hill, Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Yaan Martel, whose book Life of Pi was recently made into an Oscar winning movie. These are just a few, and I haven’t even mentioned the French Canadian authors.

Eva Kapitan was my close friend and the publisher of my first novel, someone with whom I laughed a lot, laughed out loud, laughed hard, someone who blessed many people with her laughter and her ability to inspire laughter in others.

She will be missed, but she will live on in our hearts and in her novels.

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THE SHAPE OF THE EARTH

March 22, 2018 Announcement: New Title from Gary Garth McCann

Bold Strokes Books is pleased to announce the acquisition of Gary Garth McCann’s new work of gay erotic fiction, The Shape of the Earth, scheduled for release in 2019 from Bold Strokes Books.

After appearing in Best Gay Love Stories, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, Q Review, and Off the Rocks, Lenny and his partner Dave return in a hotbed of manhood and jealousy.

Lenny is managing a failing bookstore and struggling to keep his promise of fidelity to Dave. He flirts relentlessly with grad student Ian until he discovers that Ian’s ambivalence masks something far more personal and devastating—it’s not Lenny Ian wants, but Dave. Caught up in a whirlwind of sex and lies, Lenny and Dave’s relationship spins out of control. Lenny clings to Dave’s unassuming strength in hopes of keeping himself grounded, but when another hot, handsome stranger becomes too tempting to resist, Lenny and Dave face the ultimate challenge.

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Wherever you go, there it is: home town, U.S.A.

“This was a world of vast parking lots connected to one another by roads that, due to congestion, often looked like vast parking lots. Every motel, restaurant, pet shop, and cinema was part of a national chain, giving the whole area a surreal atmosphere of being everywhere in general and nowhere in particular.” –Stephen McCauley, writing in his hunorous novel The Man of the House.

The cartoon gif above appears on Behind You, the facinating tumblr of illustrationist Brian Coldrick. 

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“Where else but in America would our beastly relatives have had the freedom to behave as abominably as they did?”

Last night I heard this line on the 1960s Dobie Gillis show and immediately thought of the present day and of a certain person whose descendants might need it.

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“When you get born your father and mother lost something out of themselves.”

In writing a 2/20/18 column for Late Last Night Books online magazine, I included the quote, above and below, from Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men. In his momentary thinking, a young man is trying to free himself from what he sees as parental expectations for him.

As a preface, I want to say that my own life experience was quite different from that of Warren’s narrator. I felt my parents wished me the best, but I never felt they cared whether I did one thing or another, as long as they thought whatever I did made me happy or would make me happy. Warren’s narrator had a completely different parental experience, but he expresses himself so well that I want to share his words here:

“When you get born your father and mother lost something out of themselves, and they are going to bust a hame trying to get it back, and you are it. They know they can’t get it all back but they will get as big a chunk out of you as they can. And the good old family reunion, with picnic dinner under the maples, is very much like diving into the octopus tank at the aquarium. Anyway, that is what I would have said back then, that evening.”

The high schooler in the photo above is me.

You can put another candle on my birthday cake this month, if you can find the room. Be careful not to burn yourself trying to light them all.

Care to join me and Judy Collins in wondering Who Knows Where the Time Goes?

 

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