"Gay in the Great War" - Author Event with Lance RingelAuthor Book Signings/Readings/Talks
Thursday, August 14, 2014 -
10:00pm to 11:00pm
To commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of World War I in August, author Lance Ringel will read from his acclaimed novel FLOWER OF IOWA at the Provincetown Library on Thursday, August 14. The event is titled “Gay in the Great War.”
Ringel will be joined by his spouse, veteran singer-actor Chuck Muckle, who will perform songs made popular during World War I. The evening of reading and song will be followed by a Q&A with the author. The event will take place from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Provincetown Library’s Marc Jacobs Reading Room. The library is located at 356 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. Admission is free.
For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.flowerofiowa.com/2014/06/lance-ringel-at-provincetown-public.html.
The Advocate magazine selected FLOWER OF IOWA as one of the top reads of the summer of 2014. (Please see all press clips by clicking here.) It also hit the #1 spot for Gay Fiction on Smashwords. To learn more about FLOWER OF IOWA and to download a copy for your Kindle, Nook or iPad, visit www.FlowerofIowa.com.
In the tradition of historical novels about The Great War (as WWI was called at the time), Lance Ringel’s FLOWER OF IOWA is a sprawling tale of battle, courage, the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love. This unforgettable book recalls Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, if that classic tale of love and war had featured two men at the bruised heart of the story. The book is the culmination of 21 years of researching and writing.
Taking place in France during the final months of the bloody war in 1918, FLOWER OF IOWA focuses on American soldier Tommy Flowers. As the naïve young man struggles to learn how to be a good soldier, he is wooed by Nicole Lacroix, a young French barmaid. However, Nicole is being pursued by brash Australian lieutenant Jamie Colbeck. In the meantime, Tommy befriends British soldier David Pearson – a friendship that quickly develops an unexpected intimacy.
Equally tragic and hopeful, dramatically stirring and historically faithful, FLOWER OF IOWA takes its place among the memorable novels about the Great War, distinguishing itself with a gallery of compelling characters, meticulous research and exhilarating storytelling that vividly captures the war that changed the world forever.
While the first draft of FLOWER OF IOWA was completed in 1997, Ringel continued to make periodic revisions of the manuscript over the years. However, as the centenary of World War I drew near, the author decided it was the perfect time to share his book with the huge audience of WWI enthusiasts in America and around the world.
About the author of FLOWER OF IOWA:
A journalist and writer for four decades, Lance Ringel has penned five novels and three plays. Ringel served as Assistant Commissioner of Human Rights under New York Governor Mario Cuomo. He has worked at Vassar College since 2000 and resides in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his spouse of 37 years, actor-composer Chuck Muckle. Flower of Iowa is his first published work.
Address: Provincetown Library, 356 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
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