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William Mann among authors to speak at annual Gay and Lesbian Literary Arts (GALLA) Festival

News release from Stonewall Library & Archives:

February 2010 Event Calendar

William Mann, Greg Herren and J. M. Redmann are featured among the dozens of gay and lesbian authors who will be participating in the second annual Gay and Lesbian Literary Arts (GALLA) Festival, April 9th, 10th and 11th, 2010,  10;00 AM - 4:00 PM,  in Fort Lauderdale. The three-day festival will include workshops, seminars, panels, presentations and readings at the Stonewall Library & Archives and the adjacent ArtServe facilities. The Festival will also include a bookstore in which authors will sell books and conduct book signings.

William Mann is the Lambda Literary Award winning author of Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines. He is also well-known for the novels such Where the Boys Are and The Men from the Boys. Mann's recent biography, How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, was a best seller and his biography of Katherine Hepburn, Kate: The Woman who was Hepburn, was named one of the 100 notable books of 2006 by The New York Times. Greg Herren, the Lambda Literary Award winning author of Murder in the Rue Chartres, is the author of ten novels and over fifty short stories. Herren is also the co-editor of Love, Bourbon Street: Reflections on New Orleans. J.M. Redmann's The Intersection of Law and Desire was picked by the San Francisco Chronicle as an Editor's Choice. In addition, two other of her popular novels featuring New Orleans Private Detective Michelle 'Micky' Knight have been nominated for Lambda Literary Awards. The GALLA Festival will also feature gay and lesbian literary lights Don Weise, K.G. MacGregor, Lee Lynch, and Sebastian Stuart just to name a few.

This year's event includes presentations on a diverse variety of topics including journalism, blogging, gay travel writing and gay 'whodunits'. Susan X. Meagher, the author of the I Found My Heart in San Francisco series, will moderate Keeping it Fresh, a seminar on writing a book series.  Lambda Literary Award nominated author K.G. MacGregor will moderate the panel Making the Case for Lesbian Genre Fiction. And The New York Times best-selling author Sebastian Stuart will discuss the process of finding a literary agent.

Festival goers will also have the opportunity to socialize with their favorite authors. The GALLA Festival Committee will host a Cocktail Reception with the Authors on Saturday, April 10th. Space is limited, and tickets are required.

The GALLA Festival workshops, presentations and book fair are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and pre-registration is recommended.

Tickets for the Cocktail Reception with the Authors on Saturday, April 10th are $25. Tickets are available at www.GALLAfestival.org or by calling Stonewall at 954-763-8565.

The Festival will also offer two writing workshops on Sunday, April 11th. Jodi Turchin will conduct "Creating Realistic Characters", 11:00 - 12:30 and Joyce Sweeney will conduct "Writing a Memoir", 1:30 - 3:30. Each workshop is $25, both are $40. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Jack Rutland 954-763-8565 or jack-rutland@stonewall-library.org.

The GALLA Festival is produced by Stonewall Library Museum Archive and ArtsUnited. Funding for the festival has been provided in part by the Broward Country Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the John C. Graves Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, and the Broward County Library Division with support from the Broward Library Foundation. The Festival is also supported through a grant from the Stella Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.

The Festival will take place at Stonewall Library Museum Archive and ArtServe, located at 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304.

Through our collections, programs and services, Stonewall Library Museum Archive documents, explores and honors the GLBT past while striving to inform, inspire and engage this and the next generation of our community's leaders.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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This was amazing last year. I can't wait for this year!!!

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