Vacationing on a houseboat, Craig falls for a swimmer who might not be the innocent drifter he seems. Read “A House Where We Both Could Live” in Chelsea Station Magazine. 

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Young and in Love?


My novella from Bold Strokes Books.

Cal State engineering student Hardy tries not to repeat all the mistakes of his gay-supportive but womanizing father. Hardy is too young for a husband, but not too young to fall for bi Tom, or out Brad, or to move in with Sebastien, a French visiting economics professor who surprises Hardy by not taking him along to Paris for the summer—perhaps because Sebastien has a secret boyfriend? In Sebastien’s absence, Hardy works as a barista and turns to online hookup Dick, who is obviously not who he says he is, yet inspires in Hardy the fantasy of being husbands.


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The girls blow the boys? I beg your pardon?

How language changes.

“On Sunday afternoon the girls blow the boys to a picnic.” From Life magazine, 1949. It means the girls paid for everything. The article was about how an Ohio State boy made five dollars last him for a weekend.

Today we wouldn’t write, “The girls blow the boys to a picnic.” We might write, “The girls blow the boys on a picnic,” but we’d have something different in mind.

The next issue of Life in 1949 includes topless pictures of shapely-breasted women in the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific.

Wait a minute. Is this the same U.S. that fifty-five years later would have a snit fit because Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson’s nipple for half a second during the Superbowl halftime show? Ah, but citizens of the Trust Territory were “natives,” and perhaps natives’ breasts supposedly wouldn’t be recognized as sexual objects by the Caucasian Americans of 1949?

(photo of Timberlake and Jackson from the Washington Post)

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The wet and the dry: Niagara Falls and Big Bend



The volume Big Bend includes the story “Big Bend,” awarded the 2001 Flanner O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

The Holland Hotel is across the road from the train station in Alpine, TX, Amtrak’s stop for Big Bend. You’ll need a rental car from there.

Amtrak goes to Niagara Falls. The new station is a mile or two from the falls.

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Republished from a tweet by Helen @Hells4Heroes

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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, ‎, 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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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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