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Hamilton Literary Arts Awards

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Jeffrey at the 20th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards

Your humble blogger had a lovely time at the Hamilton Literary Arts Awards last night.

Well, as lovely a time one can have losing.

Shirts and Skins had been shortlisted along with A Private Man by Chris Laing and The Fishers of Paradise by Rachael Preston for the Hamilton Arts Council’s Kerry Schooley Award. And when all was said and done, it was the wonderful Rachael Preston that took home the award.

But I can’t complain.

To be honest (it really is true what six-time-Oscar-nominated but never-won Deborah Kerr said) it really was an honour just to be nominated – especially being in such company as Chris and Rachael.  It was also a thrill to meet Sky Gilbert – who has made Hamilton his home.

Other nominees included:

The finalists for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Non-fiction: Hamilton Illustrated by David Collier, Haunted Hamilton by Mark Leslie and Empty Cradle by Diana Walsh.

The finalists for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Fiction: Come Back by Sky Gilbert, Sleeping Funny by Miranda Hill and Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy

Yes, it was fun night.

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A big thank-you to the Hamilton Arts Council!

Jeffrey, The Gay Groom

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Palm Springs Halloween/Pride (Photo blog)

Just returned from a week  in Palm Springs where I celebrated Halloween, Pride and even signed some copies of my novel, Shirts and Skins.

Not only did I get to see the brilliant 80s band Berlin (Terri Nunn is still awesome check out my video below) but was thrilled to sign copies of Shirts and Skins at the Palm Springs Pride Festival  with Lori Duron, author of the brilliant Raising My Rainbow, Adventures in Raising A Fabulous, Gender Creative Son.

And have to admit my costume (cost me a whopping $4.95 for makeup at Walmart) was not the best of the bunch :)

Jeffrey, The Gay Groom

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Toronto Pride 2013 (photo blog)

These are from my Pride book signing at Indigo, strolling down Church Street, and the Pride Parade (where I marched with my fellow Liberals).

Jeffrey, The Gay Groom

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They Got Me Covered!

Today was an exciting day for your humble blogger.

This morning my publisher sent me a galley print for the cover of my novel, Shirts and Skins.

Yes, it’s all starting to finally come together!

A special thanks to Nino Ricci, Lauren B. Davis and Michael Rowe for reading advance copies of my book and providing a blurb for the cover:

“Tightly written and keenly observed, Shirts and Skins is an impressive debut from a writer we’re sure to hear more from.” — Nino Ricci, author of LIVES OF THE SAINTS, TESTAMENT, THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES

“Shirts and Skins is a novel that will speak to anyone who has ever felt the inextricable bonds of the past, or felt the long shadow of family and home places as they strive towards the light of wholeness of identity and self-ownership. A first novel deeply felt and skillfully told, by a writer with insight, compassion, and talent to burn.” — Michael Rowe, author of ENTER, NIGHT and OTHER MEN’S SONS

“Shirts and Skins is an assured and compassionate novel.  Jeffrey Luscombe understands the power of what isn’t said and has created a work that sizzles with repressed sexuality and family tension.  The characters are utterly believable. A satisfying and compelling work.”  — Lauren B. Davis, author of OUR DAILY BREAD, THE RADIANT CITY and THE STUBBORN SEASON

Thank you for your kind words.   I’m blushing!

And that is one reason why The Gay Groom has not been posting with quite the same frequency the last couple of months.  I have been proof reading and putting the finishing touches on the book.  Luckily, I see light at the end of the tunnel and expect to be back to my old blogging self soon.

Shirts and Skins will be released May 15, 2012.

Jeffrey, The Gay Groom

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