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From New York to London…

We received a wonderful review in Time Out New York (we love that the book is “quietly revolutionary”) and an insightful profile in London’s Observer entitled “Why every girl needs a gay best friend.” The paper’s New York correspondent came to our Chelsea B&N reading and got some great quotes from our contributors (and, in at least one case, their spouses!).

June 2, 2007 | Posted by Tom | Permalink

Fun at Soho House and another rave!

Fantastic reading at Soho House last night (pictures coming soon!) as we read to a packed crowd in the library and signed books. Those Ivy Leaguers were in rapt attention…and our lovely editor Trena Keating was there last night, and nearly rolling on the floor in laughter. We had told her how funny some of the pieces were when read aloud, but I think she had to see it for herself!

The Pop Rocks party was a blast — we’ve got some pics coming of girls who like boys who like boys…perhaps just a little too much!

And Philip Himberg, who has been a superstar contributor, called me this morning to tell me about a rave review in Gay City News. Very cool — and so nice when a review really digs deep into the book. Loved it!

June 1, 2007 | Posted by Tom | Permalink

Chelsea Packed, The Latest Press…and Our Book Party!

Last night’s reading at the Chelsea Barnes & Noble was fantastic — more than 100 people showed up, and the crowd loved the selections. Sadly, Simon had to miss the event due to his father passing away (though the Page Six item that ran beforehand drew in the crowds–it may be the only time the Post can use the word “fag” in print); he sent us all an email, which I read to the crowd, noting that his father was “a great bloke and a major FAG-STAG who welcomed both FAGS and FAG-HAGS into his heart and home.” Fortunately, we got the wonderful Mike Albo to sub in for Simon. (Simon will be joining us in East Hampton, so don’t miss him then.) Mike, Andrew, Elizabeth, Karen, and Zach entertained everyone, and we signed–and sold–a ton of books.

Our NY launch party, a week from today, is also coming along, so expect pictures from that next week! We’ve signed up our four fabulous co-hosts: Jonathan Adler, Tinsley Mortimer, Miles Redd, and Allison Sarofim — all girls and gays who love each other! (As Allison wrote to us, “I’m a girl who loves a gay, so of course I’d love to host!”)

The press and blogging response to the book has been amazing: there’s the San Francisco Chronicle article (complete with a HUGE picture in the print edition), which we keep hearing about from friends; we were the Splendora.com “What to Read” for the week; a review in Edge Boston; blog entries from Queerty and others; a mention in the New York Observer‘s Eight Day Week and New York magazine’s Vulture section; a rave review in Booklist; and a podcast featuring contributor Brian Sloan on One Tryck Pony.

And…we are a bestseller at BookHampton in East Hampton! (not to mention a #1 gay nonfiction bestseller at Amazon.com.)

Plus: Some of our writers, including Brian Sloan and Michael Musto, will be talking about the book this Saturday on D List Radio.

May 31, 2007 | Posted by Tom | Permalink

Book covered in SF Chron, Washington Blade & Pride Source!

We’re getting lots of fun press for the book!

Here’s the one from the San Francisco Chronicle, where you can also see photos from our fabulous party.

Here’s a nice interview from Pride Source, and here’s one from the Washington Blade.

Yay!! I particularly like that photo of me and Tom laughing. That pretty much sums up our friendship–a lot of giggling!

May 27, 2007 | Posted by Mel | Permalink

Do yourself a favor-don’t miss a reading!!

How can I describe how much FUN our readings are?? The San Francisco readings were amazing–and the Book Soup event was just spectacular–our readers–Zach, Cecil, Cindy, Gigi and Philip really outdid themselves. It was the best sort of literary event–warm, funny, smart, raunchy, moving, spontaneous. Lots of good feeling all around. Our readings bring the book to life, and I am so sad to have missed the Borders reading tonight. (My six-month old had a bad reaction to her shots and was feverish and throwing up all day and night so I just could not bear to leave her.) But this book is my baby too!

New York is going to be excellent (Karen Robinovitz! Simon Doonan! Andrew Solomon! Elizabeth Spiers! just to name a few of our fab contributors who will be reading), and I behoove those of you in town to come to one of our events–they just keep getting better and better and don’t disappoint. I was teary-eyed by the end of Wednesday’s reading–our writers have shared such a special part of their lives with us and people, it just does not get better than this. This is literature…live!!

Bring your main gals and main gays… we hope to see you soon!

May 24, 2007 | Posted by Mel | Permalink

Gawker Takes Note…

You know you’ve arrived when you get your Gawker plug.

Kudos to Elizabeth, who’s an all-around good sport about these things. Come see her (as well as Simon, Andrew, Karen, Zach, Mel, and me) at our first big reading in NY this coming Wednesday.

Oh, and our Book Soup reading was EXCELLENT! We’ve posted some pics on our Flickr page. Truly fantastic reading. Though all the readers were terrific, Cindy and Gigi’s essays had the standing-room only crowd (and their readers) tearing up at the end. Really moving. We really should take this show on the road.

Mel and I (and Anna and Philip, via phone) were also on KPCC Radio today for half an hour, talking about the book and tonight’s reading at Borders in Westwood.

And…there are pieces about the book in Next Magazine, David Atlanta, and Edge Magazine this week.

May 24, 2007 | Posted by Tom | Permalink