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Florida-based writer/journalist William A. (Bill) Sievert has reported extensively on GLBT-related news and culture for four decades, including coverage of pivotal events of the post-Stonewall gay liberation era for Rolling Stone, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Mother Jones, where his piece on the murder of a San Francisco gay gardener, "The Killing of Mr. Greenjeans," was highly acclaimed. In the mid-1970s he was a news editor for The Advocate, penning the magazine's first major interview with Harvey Milk during his successful campaign for city supervisor.
In recent years, Sievert has written on LGBT subject matter for magazines including Orlando Arts and Orlando Weekly (where his cover features included the Florida Magazine Association award-winning "Bears vs. The Promise Keepers" and "Breaking the Silence," a feature on a gay Catholic priest who serves his community despite church ostracism.) He also was editor in chief of the national Sunshine Artist Magazine and co-founder/editor of PULSE, a local arts and cultural magazine in Lake County, Florida.
For more than a decade he has contributed a continuing column on gay issues and humorous topics, "CAMPtalk," to the magazine Letters from CAMP Rehoboth in Delaware (www.camprehoboth.com). He also worked with that GLBT community-service group as director of its state-funded AIDS education and awareness Project CAMPsafe in the late 1990s.
Sievert is the author of the nonfiction book, "All for the Cause: Campaign Buttons for Social Change" (published by Decoy Magazine Press, 1997), which made Lambda Rising's best-seller list and became a staple at gay bookstores throughout the nation. The book is an historical account of how the progressive social movements of the 1960s-1980s, from the causes of civil rights and peace to women's and gay rights, enhanced one another. The book is lavishly illustrated with historical buttons from the era. He also co-invented and co-wrote the popular game "Gay Trivia" for Whitehall Games in the 1980s. Sievert's articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Louisville Courier-Journal.
The pleasures are guilty as a diva disappears from Florida's gayest campground
William A Sievert
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City boys Philip and Franklin have no idea what's in store for them when they move into a tiny vintage Airstream at bucolic Sawdust Pines, a gay/lesbian campground and trailer resort in Florida's remote Green Swamp. That's where they meet the former Rusty Rhodes, a talented cabaret singer who had long yearned to live in the body of his stage persona, Dusty Rose. For Dusty, the physical transformation to female has been less disruptive than her increasingly volatile relationship with background vocalist and camp social director Diana, who has manipulated the diva's many talents.
When Dusty inexplicably vanishes midway through a special anniversary performance, suspicion quickly falls upon Philip and Franklin, whose golf cart (which is equipped with an anatomically erect Statue of David hood ornament) is implicated in a possible crime by ever-suspicious former nun Mary Angelique, life partner to demure former convent mate Mary Agnes. The newcomers and their neighbors on Grape Court (who are known as the Sour Grapes) have good reason to keep the cops away from the campground, and they strive to move heaven and earth to conceal critical information from a handsome but bewildered deputy sheriff who is assigned to probe the diva's disappearance.
The Grapes are inadvertently abetted in their efforts to misdirect the authorities by the arrival of a tent city of hundreds of "pretend police" - men who worship men in uniforms. It's madcap mayhem as the real cops, the fake cops, the former nuns, and Philip and Franklin's campground pals probe the fate of the disappearing diva while dodging discovery of their own dubious activities. Only Father Jack Hoff, the campground's unofficial chaplain, who hears late-night confessions in his tool shed, has a clue as to the outcome.
This dialogue-driven tale may be the queerest - and most hilarious - mystery story you'll ever read. So let the Sawdust Confessions begin...
- Publication Date:
- 1450553036 / 9781450553032
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Gay