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April 2012
Welcome to Bywater Books

Dear Readers,

This spring we're celebrating! Bywater authors have been recognised by the prestigious Lambda Literary Awards and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards and by the Golden Crown Literary Society. For more details, see Bywater Finalists below.

This month Bywater is proud to be publishing Kate Clinton. Her two first books, Don't Get Me Started and What the L, are now available as eBooks. To find out more about Kate, see the Author Profile below.

We are also delighted to announce that Michele Karlsberg will be joining us as our new publisher, from May 1. Check out Bywater News.

This month we are also releasing many of your favorite authors as e-Books. For more details, see New eBooks below.

Check out Golden Crown to find out which of our authors will be attending this year. So far, four are definites.

As always, we at Bywater strive to bring you the finest in lesbian romance, mystery, and literary fiction.

Till next time!

Kelly Smith
Marianne K. Martin
Val McDermid

Author Profile

Kate Clinton

They've been using the word "icon" about Kate Clinton for some years now. Now that Don't Get Me Started and What the L, her writings from the nineties and noughties, are available as e-books for the first time, it's worth asking, "What makes an icon?"

Maybe it's that she tells the truth — and has done so from the start. She did her first show in 1981, at a time when "my more commercially minded friends" advised her to keep her jokes straight. Kate, though, believed that "What is funniest is what is truest and I was interested in telling the truth about my life."

Maybe it's that she's not afraid to change her mind. When the freedom to marry became the hot issue, she struggled to work up some enthusiasm. "I think we should try to talk straight people out of getting married. It's not going well for them." Some while later, she's urging us, "Get your licenses. Celebrate your friends. We'll make this marriage thing ours yet."

Maybe it's that she knows that being "funny" and being "serious" isn't a case of either/or; it's both. Of the final full display of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, she wrote, "The Park Service police felt compelled to measure it in terms of football fields, hardly a proper unit of measurement for so many drag queens."

That she can move effortlessly from serious to funny and back is skill she works hard to perfect. On tour, her show evolves as she learns from each audience. "After a show, I review my printed routine for things I missed. Often they are things that should be forgotten. Often a throwaway line, based on what I hear of audience response, becomes three pages. And after a few performances, three brilliant pages can quickly become a throwaway line. It's natural selection at its finest."

And it has impressive results: "After a show in Lexington, Kentucky, I was having dinner with the producers and a young woman came up to me and clapped me a good one on the back, and exclaimed, 'Kate Clinton! You made me want to fuck again!'"

Perhaps the ultimate description of an icon.

But we'll leave it to Kate to have the final word. Ask her what makes a lesbian icon, and she tells you: "I have had great success with a silver and titanium blend. The icon does not scratch, is lightweight, and retains its luster over time. Audiences love to rub their hands over its smooth curves."

by Caroline Curtis

New eBooks

The following titles are now all available to download. Click on the title to buy direct from our website:

Don't Get Me Started by Kate Clinton

What the L by Kate Clinton

Greetings From Jamaica, Wish You Were Queer by Mari SanGiovanni

Camptown Ladies
by Mari San Giovanni

Idaho Code by Joan Opyr

Report for Murder by Val McDermid

Common Murder by Val McDermid

Deadline for Murder by Val McDermid

Bywater Trivia

To win the Bywater title of your choice, simply answer this month's question:

What is the first eBook published by Bywater?

E-mail us at or by post to the address in the column below — see To Order Books.

Bywater Finalists
Librarians, booksellers and readers come together to choose the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards. And they know what they're looking for: books that "expand a reader's world, introduce a voice society needs to hear, offer practical knowledge where none existed before, or simply entertain so compellingly that all distractions fall away." This year, The Girls Club by Sally Bellerose has been nominated for Best Literary Fiction. Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid is a finalist in the Mystery category. And Shaken and Stirred by Joan Opyr and 96 Hours by Georgia Beers have been nominated for Lesbian/Gay Fiction.

The Lambda Literary Awards were the first awards established to celebrate LGBT fiction, and they remain the most prestigious. This year, Sally Bellerose is a finalist in the Lesbian Debut Fiction category and Val McDermid is a finalist in the Lesbian Mystery category.

2012 is the eighth year for the Goldie Awards from the Golden Crown Literary Society. This year, Sally Bellerose has been nominated for Debut Fiction. Joan Opyr has been nominated for Dramatic General Fiction alongside Bett Norris for What's Best for Jane. In the Traditional Contemporary Romance, Georgia Beers has been nominated alongside Mari SanGiovanni for her Camptown Ladies.

Congratulations to all!

Bywater News
From May 1, Michele Karlsberg will become the new publisher of Bywater Books. She has a wealth of experience to bring to the role.

She was one of the founders of Amethyst Press, described by Sarah Schulman as having published "the most interesting collection of gay male writing in the history of our literature."

She is curator of Outspoken, a nationwide gay and lesbian literary series, she helps new and established voices reach a wider audience.

Her skills as a publicist are well known: she was presented with the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award, and also inducted into the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall Of Fame in New Orleans.

Along with Olivia Travel, she produced the first Olivia Book Expo on the Holland America Cruise Line.

Bywater Books is delighted that Ms. Karlsberg will be bringing her skills and drive to her new role as publisher.

Get Booked!

Calling all Book Groups:

Ever wanted to know what an author thinks about her own book?

Choose a Bywater title to discuss at your Book Group, and we'll arrange for the author to join the conversation — in person, by webcam, or over the phone.

Book Group Leaders, feel free to write us for a complimentary copy of any Bywater book for your review.

E-mail our Publicity Dept at

Bywater Events
Sally Bellerose will be reading from her debut novel The Girls Club on Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m.
World Eye Bookshop
156 Main St
Greenfield MA 01089

For more information: (413) 772-2186 or

Georgia Beers

will be reading and signing her latest novel 96 Hours at Barnes & Noble on May 4. The time has yet not been finalized; our website will have further details as soon as we know.
Barnes & Noble, Pittsford
Pittsford Plaza
3349 Monroe Ave
Rochester NY 14618

For more information: (585) 586-6020
Golden Crown
The Golden Crown Literary Society Conference is a must for fans of lesbian literature — whether readers or writers!

Across five fun-packed days, you'll be able to attend presentations and listen to panel discussions. Authors will be reading, as well as signing their books. Publishers will be exhibiting, and there'll be time for chats over coffee.

This year Georgia Beers, Marianne K. Martin, Joan Opyr, and Mari SanGiovanni will definitely be attending — and appearing on panels. We'll give you more details nearer the time — and let you know which other Bywater authors will be there.

The conference takes place June 13-17, 2012 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minneapolis, MN.

The Virtual World

Your favorite authors also write blogs, have their own websites, and can be found on social networking sites.

Kate Clinton
Click for her website.

Stella Duffy
Click for her blog. Find her on LibraryThing, MySpace, and Twitter @stellduffy.

Elana Dykewomon
Click for her website. Find her on Facebook and Red Room.

Z Egloff
Click for her website. Find her on Facebook and Red Room.

Marcia Finical
Find her on Facebook.

Katherine V. Forrest
Click for her website.

Lisa Gitlin
Find her on Facebook.

Jill Malone
Click for her website. Find her on Facebook and MySpace.

Marianne K. Martin
Find her on Facebook, MySpace, and Red Room.

Val McDermid
Click for her website. Find her on Facebook.

Bett Norris
Click for her blog. Find her on Facebook.

Joan Opyr
Click for her website.

Mari San Giovanni
Click for her website. Find her on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter @MariSanGiovanni.

Sally Bellerose
Click for her blog. Find her on Facebook.

Georgia Beers
Click for her website. Click for her blog. Find her on Facebook.

Lindy Cameron
Click for her website, and for news of her press.

Cynn Chadwick
Click for her website.

You can also follow Bywater Books on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter @BywaterBooks. And tune in to our YouTube channel. Subscribe to it, and you'll be alerted each time a new video is posted.

Issue: 28
In This Issue
Author Profile
New eBooks
Bywater Trivia
Bywater Finalists
Bywater News
Get Booked
Bywater Events
Golden Crown
The Virtual World
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