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Neil Plakcy: Meet me at Borders

E-mail from South Florida writer/editor Neil Plakcy:

Meet me at Borders.

Well, it's not as catchy as "Meet Me in St. Louis," but then, I do a lousy Judy Garland imitation.

Fortunately, I won't be singing-- but I will be talking about the state of gay publishing at Borders Books & Music, 2240 E. Sunrise Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale (next to the Galleria.) Join me on Thursday June 7 at 6:30 pm.

There's a lot of bad news in the world of gay publishing-- independent bookstores closing, publishers in financial straits-- but at the same time there have never been more opportunities for gay writers.

I've published short stories, novels, essays, and book reviews, and I've edited a great collection of essays by gay men about their relationship with their dogs. I'm currently editing an erotica collection and preparing for the publication this summer of my next Hawaii mystery, MAHU SURFER.

If you're in the neighborhood, stop by to say hello.

Mahu and Mahu Surfer (August 2007) gay police procedurals set in Honolulu, at www.mahubooks.com
Paws and Reflect: Exploring the Bond Between Gay Men and Their Dogs at www.mahubooks.com/paws

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Speaking Of Judy Garland, there is a new and exciting group on Yahoo called The Judy Garland Experience. The group features an amazing and ever changing selection of audio files. This week we are featuring Judy In Concert at The Back Bay Theater in 1968, Selections from Judy's 1950's radio work and television specials, songs and conversations from her aborted role in Valley Of The Dolls, and many other odds and ends (including highlights from a 1973 NY performance by Josephine Baker. "Why" you ask? You will just have to join and find out). The group also features lively discussions, rare photo's, thought provoking polls, and more!
The group's membership has an amazing assortment of people, including Garland family members, other people who knew Judy, people who saw Judy perform, author's, historian's, people who have made movies about Judy, plus fans of every level. The only thing missing is you. Please stop by our little Judyville and check it out. You may never want to leave!
http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/thejudygarlandexperience/

Buzz, thanks for your post and for reading Gay South Florida.

Guess what -- I'm a member of The Judy Garland Experience Yahoo group! I've downloaded many of the files posted. They're great. I've written several stories about Judy and her children. I've interviewed both Liza and Lorna for The Miami Herald. Also, I've interviewed John Fricke several times.

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