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Flower of Iowa


Welcome to the media resource page for Flower of Iowa by Lance Ringel.

On this page you will find media releases, high-resolution graphics, an author Q&A and links to pertinent information on Lance Ringel and Flower of Iowa.

Flower of Iowa by Lance Ringel is published by Smashwords and was released on May 15, 2014.

Events:


Greenfield Library Veterans Day Commemoration, "Gay in the Great War," a dramatized reading from the acclaimed novel Flower of Iowa, presented by author Lance Ringel with period music by Chuck Muckle at Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA. LeVanway Room on Wednesday, November 1st at 6:00 PM. Free admission.

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.


Williamstown, MA Event sponsored by Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County, at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main Street on Nov. 17, 2015, noon to 2:00 PM.

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at the Loft on Nov. 14, 2015, from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.



White Plains, NY Event at the Loft LGBT Community Services Center for the Lower Hudson Valley on Nov. 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM, sponsored by Silver Connections.

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at the the Loft on Nov. 14, 2015, from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.



Wilton Manors, FL Event at the Stonewall National Museum Gallery on Jan. 15, 2015:


Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at the Stonewall National Museum Gallery on Jan. 15, 2015, from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.


Poughkeepsie, NY Event at Arts Mid-Hudson on November 10:

Media Release for "Gay in the Great War" at Arts Mid-Hudson on November 10th, at 6:00 PM:


You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.


Chicago Event at the Gerber/Hart Library on October 18:

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at Chicago's at Gerber/Hart Library on October 18th, from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM.

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Madison, WI Event at OutReach, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Central Wisconsin on October 16:

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at OutReach, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Central Wisconsin on October 16th, from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.


Milwaukee, WI Event at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center on October 15:

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center on October 15th, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.


Cleveland, OH Event at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland on October 13:

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland on October 13th, from 11:00 AM - noon.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.



Pittsburgh, PA Event at the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh on October 12:

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh on October 12th, from 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.


Brooklyn, NY Event at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center on October 6:

Click here to view the media release for "Gay in the Great War" at Brooklyn Community Pride Center on October 6th, from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.


Queens Pride House Event — Book Fest 2014:

Click here to view the media release for the Book Fest 2014 event that takes place on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

You may download a PDF formatted version of the release by clicking here.


Provincetown Library Event:

Click here to view the media release for the August 14th reading and reception at the Provincetown Library. 

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Flower of Iowa Book Cover:

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Flower of Iowa Media Release:

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Author Q&A:


Q: What was the inspiration for Flower of Iowa?



A: As a teenager, I was introduced to The Great War – as WWI is called in Europe – through two excellent sources: Barbara Tuchman’s masterpiece book The Guns Of August and a CBS-TV series called World War One. They both made a great impression on me, spurring a fascination with the war that changed our world so completely. Fast-forward three decades later. I was actually stuck in bed, recovering from a near-fatal bout of hepatitis, and the local PBS station began re-airing the CBS series. At the same time, controversy arose over Bill Clinton’s campaign promise to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” I don’t know if it was inspiration or delirium, but an idea came to me: How about writing an historical novel in which two Great War soldiers fall in love? That hepatitis, I guess, was crucial to the genesis of my novel Flower of Iowa.





Q: When did you start Flower of Iowa and how long did it take?



After I recovered, I spent the next six months researching the First World War, devouring everything I could learn about the battles, the generals, and above all the way people lived and died from 1914-1918. When I started this project, I quickly realized you can do one of two things with historical fiction: you can say, “Screw it, it’s fiction,” and completely use artistic license. Or you can try to make your story as plausible according to WWI history.  I chose the latter route, which is much more work, but also much more fun.



But while being elbow-deep in books, articles, and photos, it dawned on me: I could spend the rest of my life researching and never writing a page. So I switched gears and started writing Flower of Iowa in spring 1993 while continuing to do research in libraries, in museums and on trips to Europe. (Friends claimed I got the idea just so I could travel to Europe!)  I completed the first draft over the Atlantic, on a plane to London in the spring of 1997.  Being a perfectionist, I have continued revising it for the last 21 years. But finally, with the centennial of the war upon us, it’s time to share Flower of Iowa with the world.


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