Showing posts with label #gay. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bring Flower of Iowa to the Beach

We are delighted to announce that Flower of Iowa has been selected as an ideal summer beach reading choice by Kenneth Walsh in the "Summer Beach Reads 2014" list on his very cool go-to culture blog Kenneth in the 212.

Flower of Iowa NYC Reception

Longtime friends came to the tony bar Hill & Dale on Manhattan's Lower East Side yesterday evening to congratulate Lance Ringel on his new book, the World War I novel Flower of Iowa. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvre and punch and were treated to a reading by the author. 

Flower of Iowa will be available by eBook on May 15, 2014 via Smashwords, and other retailers. Please click on the "Purchase" page for more information.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Questions Amazed Me the Most

It was the questions that amazed me the most.

On Wednesday we had our first launch party for Flower of Iowa, at Vassar College. Some 50 people were in attendance, about half from Vassar, where I have worked for 14 years, and about half from the greater Hudson Valley, which I have called home for 19 years. The show of support was truly heartening, and it was great to see Minnie Cho’s wonderful book cover design on posterboards around the reception rooms.

But it was the questions that amazed me the most after I did my two readings! 

What was particularly gratifying to me was how many reflected a general fascination with World War I – which perhaps had been rekindled a bit after hearing me read from Flower

What about the use of gas as a weapon? (Surprisingly ineffective, but fearsome when it did work.) Was the Christmas Truce anywhere in the book? (Yes, it plays a glancing but poignant role.) Is there any historical evidence of gay soldiers in the Great War? (There is, but you need to know where to look.) 

There were other good questions about other subjects, notably how I put the book together, but I was particularly happy with these. I wrote Flower of Iowa because soldiers like Tommy and David have a story that needs to be told – but equally, I wrote it because Americans know far too little about the war in which they fought. If the novel can help change that lack of awareness just a little, it will have achieved one of its aims.