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The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (Press Kit)

The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America (Press Kit)

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Published by Anthony DiFiore
The press kit for "The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America"
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A provocative and eye-opening account of growing up gay and Amish. Poet James Schwartz combines a mixture of poetry, short stories, and essays, to elucidate what it's like to be born gay within an Amish community. The Literary Party is an emotional, touching book with implications that extend to any religion or culture where intolerance is prevalent.
The press kit for "The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America"
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A provocative and eye-opening account of growing up gay and Amish. Poet James Schwartz combines a mixture of poetry, short stories, and essays, to elucidate what it's like to be born gay within an Amish community. The Literary Party is an emotional, touching book with implications that extend to any religion or culture where intolerance is prevalent.

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Published by: Anthony DiFiore on Jun 22, 2011
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 JP SouzaPublicity, inGroup PressT: (773) 599-0337E-Mail: JP@inGroupPress.comWeb: www.inGroupPress.com
July 2011Dear Editor/Producer:
 
What comes to mind when you think about the Amish? For most people, the popular imagery is a horse and buggy, farmhouses with no electricity, funny hats, and bowl haircuts. Ever since Weird Al Yankovich recorded“Amish Paradise”, certain stereotypes have persisted in popular culture. None of these stereotypes, however,have included
 gay
.
The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America
(July 2011, inGroup Press) is one of those booksthat shatter stereotypes. Written by James Schwartz, a Michigan native who grew up in an Old Order Amishcommunity,
The Literary Party
offers an eye-opening portrait of gay life within a religious group known for its privacy and secrecy. When the documentary
 Devil’s Playground 
(2002) examined rumspringa—a period whenAmish teenagers can engage in rebellious behavior before choosing whether or not to remain in the church— viewers were shocked. Watching an Amish teen ride a horse and buggy to a party where drinking and smokingwere involved shattered popular myths. Schwartz’s
 Literary Party
continues that theme. From juvenileflirtations to gay clubs, drag, love, and sex, Schwartz tells his story through poetry that is moving, heartfelt, political, and celebratory.For more information about the author, or to schedule an interview with James Schwartz, please contact his publisher, inGroup Press, or his publicist, JP Souza.Sincerely,JP SouzaPublicity, inGroup Press

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