Friday, August 27, 2010

Seduction -- still on the rise!!!

The Kindle edition of The Manly Art of Seduction by Perry Brass is now #2 in Kindle reference books, where it has been for the last 2 months, number 7 in Gender Studies under Men, and #19 for Gay and Lesbian Nonfiction books. It is also being sold on UK Kindle. 

Perry was recently featured in a documentary, The Comfort of Men, about artist Branden Charles Wallace, soon to be released by Magus pictures. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Another Smash Hit by Norman Beim

Hilarity abounds in "The Costume Ball" at PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre. This comedy by Norman Beim is attracting full houses to kick off the theater's 29th season.

Set in New York City in the 1980s, the story unfolds in the upscale apartment of Gwen and Harry Harris. Gwen is taken aback when she discovers that an important masquerade ball she thought was the following evening actually is taking place that night. The reason for her chagrin is that her husband's costume is not ready; in fact, she forgot to pick it up. And it only gets better from here! Harry goes along with the farce, introducing himself as his sister Hilary, visiting from Boston. The charade goes from bad to worse as Harry, talking in a falsetto voice, tiptoes around in an attempt to avoid Wilbur's advances. It’s a mixture of madness and mayhem, all to the delight of the audience.

Harry is played by Haig Koshkarian, Marilyn Wolfe plays Gwen, while Wilbur is played by John Fojtik. The trio bring more than a touch of reality to their characters.

Director Kate Hewitt cast three actors new to the PowPAC stage. They seem to be having as much fun onstage as the audience watching them. Paul Rossi designed an elegant set, complete with a backdrop displaying the bright lights of the city at night showing through the windows. Lighting and sound designed by Chad Oakley add to the ambience of the New York City apartment. Costumer Donna Reed completes the picture.

"The Costume Ball" provides a humorous escape for all ages.

"The Costume Ball"
When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; through Aug. 15
Where: PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre, 13250 Poway Road, Poway
Tickets: $15, general; $13, seniors, students and active military
Info: 858-679-8085

~THEATER REVIEW: 'Costume Ball' filled with hilarity- By RUTH LEPPER - For the North County Times

John Fojtik, left, Marilyn Wolfe and Haig Koshkarian in PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre's production of "The Costume Ball." Photo courtesy of Tony Eisenhower Photography

Interviews with Francine L. Trevens

Airing August 17: 10PM CDT/11PM EDT

Interview with Jonathan Logan of Witulant Webcast Radio. Will read a condensed version of one of stories from IMAGICS and also be interviewed. On line at

Airing Aug. 23: 1PM EDT
Interview with Dr Rose about SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER. Dr Rose has written kids plays, so we will discuss play writing and such as well. Go to listen live or wait one day and go to the same site at ARCHIVES of the date of show and listen.

Airing September 22: 12:30 EDT and again at 3:30 EDT
Interview on The Experience Pros Radio Show Sept, 22 discussing pros and cons of self publishing; listen to radio show on KLZ AM 560 or on the web at Listen to the encore broadcast, or several days later it will be available to download from iTunes and from the Experience Pros website.

Airing November 15: 10:30 EST
Interview on WHO YOU CALLING OLD for about 30 minutes talking about an active writing/publishing career in one’s later years. Web access is

Thursday, June 24, 2010

!!! Congratulations !!!

GNYIPA extends our congratulations to two of our authors recently recognized with book awards:

Short Plays to Long Remember, compiled and edited by Francine L. Trevens (TnT Classic Books)

Finalist in the anthology category of INDIE’s Next Generation Book Awards; awards ceremony on May 27th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The Manly Art of Seduction, Perry Brass (belhuepress)

Gold medal, top prize, for LGBT non-fiction in the IPPY Awards from Independent Publisher; medalists honored at a gala awards ceremony on May 25th in New York City.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Francine L. Trevens on how to be a successful author!

Francine L. Trevens, author of several books including collections of my poetry and short stories published by TnT Classic Books, will be interviewed by Selling about how to write, publish and sell books. She will be part on an ongoing series of interviews with the first one at 2 p.m. CDT/3 p.m. EDT on May 27, 2010.  

Her most recent publication SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER, compiled and edited by Francine L. Trevens, is an eclectic collection of 27 plays by 14 American authors:

Perry Brass, Jane Chambers, Michael Devereaux, Paul Dexter, Victor Gluck, David Brendan Hopes, David Johnston, David J. Mauriello, Sidney Morris, William F. Poleri, Daniel P. Quinn, Francine L. Trevens, Doric Wilson and George Zarr   

It’s a distinctive, unforgettable, quirky selection of contemporary dramas and comedies...including two radio plays.  Available now for $16.95 from Amazon, Drama Book Shop and Samuel French or directly from TnTClassics.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Three Rooms Press just released our first novel!

In "Baseball Karma & The Constitution Blues," (2010, Three Rooms Press, ISBN: 978-0-9840700-5-3, $16.95) author Ronnie Norpel provides a play-by-play, behind-the-scenes account of a young woman’s education in life, luck, love and superstition while working for her hometown major league baseball team. The book stems from Norpel’s days as a front office representative for the Philadelphia Phillies. Norpel’s ficto-memoir brims with insider insight, detailing the fastballs, curveballs and errors experienced by main character Mary Katharine “Mick” Carmichael when she gets involved with a rookie on the Constitution Blues team. "Baseball Karma and The Constitution Blues" overflows with heart and humor, without glossing over the despair of karmic growing pains for both Mick and the Blues. Underneath it all, we discover how one woman's real-life curse changed destiny—until it was finally lifted for good. Norpel’s rookie novel is must-have read for summer.

This summer, Norpel will go on the road and hold events in conjunction with Phillies away games in Boston (6/12), New York (6/16) and Pittsburgh (7/3). To schedule interview with author Ronnie Norpel, or to request photos or a review copy of “Baseball Karma & The Constitution Blues,” please email

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Here’s what Francine L. Trevens, TnT Classic Books, past President of GNYIPA, is up to recently:

  • SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER - selections from 7 of the 27 plays will be staged at Dramatists Guild April 30 at 6 PM  Attendance by invitation and reservation only. Two plays by Victor Gluck, one by Sidney M Morris, one by William F. Poleri and three by myself.  No one without reservation can attend as we are booked to capacity and are now reserving waiting list only.
  • Quoted in two new books quote me:

  • ·Just finished a radio show I did on X Zone regarding paranormal experiences which led to my writing IMAGICS and other family stories can be accessed by  tuning in to and scrolling down to my name and hitting play button.
  • Doing benefit reading of Bar None in June at Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation with Perry Brass and from Chambers' Quintessential Image in July at Fresh Fruit Festival-- both from SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

News from Norman Beim...

On Tuesday, April 13th, my comedy, The Proper Technique, had a reading at Hunter College sponsored by the Oberon Theatre Ensemble. Click here for more information on the Hunter College presentation.

The Proper Technique is now in the finals for the Julie Harris Play competition.  

~ Good Luck Norman!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Kick-off to Poetry Month

We had a great evening of poetry reading last Wednesday at Cornelia Street Cafe. Thanks to Kat Georges for gathering such a fun and interesting group of poets! Here's a copy of the evening's program.

Thanks to all who participated and attended!

Monday, March 1, 2010

We do more than just write!

Our members are keeping busy with more than just writing!  Here are some of the events we are involved with in April.  

April 13, 7:30 p.m. at GLBT Center on W. 13th St, New York
This program will feature four plays with a gay slant from the new anthology SHORT PLAY TO LONG  REMEMBER, compiled and edited by Francine L. Trevens, from TnT Classic Books. The plays to be performed script in hand by pro actors are:

  • BAR NONE by Perry Brass

  • QUINTESSENTIAL IMAGE by Jane Chambers 
              (represented by Francine L. Trevens) 
  • ONE GREAT BIG LIGHT by David Johnston

Admission, which includes refreshments, is $10 per person.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

April 30, at 6 PM at the Dramatist Guild, 1501 Broadway, New York
Francine L. Trevens will present NOSTALGIA NIGHT - staged scenes about the early 20th century.  It will include scenes from several of her plays, one of Sidney Morris', one of Bill Poleri's and one of Victor Gluck's, all from the new anthology, SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER being released end of March by TnT Classic Books.  Attendance is free.

Francine L. Trevens has been chosen as a judge for submissions for the BAIPA BOOK AWARDS. BAIPA is the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. 

The Manly Art of Seduction
April 29, 7:30 to 10 p.m., at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street, in Manhattan

The Manly Art of Seduction Workshop is based on The Manly Art of Seduction by Perry Brass, led by Perry Brass and Jerry Kajpust, M.A., a workshop leader with years of experience in the field of human communications and development. The Manly Art of Seduction Workshop starts with a simple premise: you can connect with the deeper, inner you, and use that connection to meet other men, without fear or rejection, with the power to unlock your sense of valor, worth, and confidence. You’ll learn how to communicate in an authentic way that opens up doors to other men and solve conflicts that destroy many relationships before they get to happen. And you’ll meet other men who want to do the same thing.
Cost: $15 in advance, sign up at $20 at the door. For more information: or Books will be available at the seminar for a special rate of $10.00 to attendees.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Norman Beim's 10th Collection of plays to be published!

THE  WRATH OF GOD is the tenth collection of Norman Beim's plays to be published. The plays in this volume cover a fascinating variety of subjects. THE WRATH OF GOD, the first play in the volume deals with an Irish immigrant family in Chicago in the thirties. BUCK JARVIS is a play about the old West. THE HAIRCUT deals the sexual confusion of the principle of a high school. THE DARK CORNER OF AN EMPTY ROOM and THE ESTABLISHMENT deals with the problems of African Americans, and LABOR OF LOVE deals with the struggles of the labor unions.
Mr. Beim's plays have been produced nationally and internationally and won a number of awards, Two previous volumes, SIX AWARD WINNING PLAYS and MY FAMILY THE JEWISH IMMIGRANTS, were used as textbooks at St Olaf College in Minnesota.
As an actor Mr. Beim has appeared on Broadway in the original production of INHERIT THE WIND, which starred the legendary Paul Muni. Off Broadway Norman worked with Morgan Freeman in BLACK VISIONS at the Public Theatre, and was standby for Van Johnson in the national tour of TRIBUTE. He has always worked on television...Saturday Night Live and innumerable "soap operas."
He is a life time member of the Dramatists Guild and also a member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Father’s Final Book Wins Fitting Postscript from Ohioana Awards Committee

Calliope Press authors Kay Williams and Jerri Williams Lawrence were awarded the Ohioana Library Association’s 2009 citation for "unique and outstanding accomplishment in the field of writing and editing." Calliope Press authors won the award for finishing their late father’s romance novel, One Last Dance: It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love. He worked on it for three years before his death at age 95. One Last Dance has won awards and acclaim for its charm, humor and relevance to today’s seniors. The sisters were honored on October 17, 2009 in Columbus, OH.

One Last Dance is a story about finding love at any age. Morgan, 89, and Dixie, 79, move in together for economic reasons. Soon their business-only relationship deepens as they face scandal, illness, and a near-fatal accident. One Last Dance is also about human frailty. Dixie fears intimacy and Morgan hides details about his divorce, estranged children and lost job. When a grandson Morgan never knew reappears, he is forced to deal with his troubled past, which brings Dixie and Morgan closer together and closer to their fractured families.

Jim Cox, Midwest Book Review, had this to say: "A sweepingly elegant romance, One Last Dance celebrates the importance of living in the moment and never giving up in the search for love. Emotion and hope surge from the pages, in this novel that leaves the reader feeling invigorated and enthusiastic about life."

Over the years, the Ohioana Library Association has presented more than 700 awards to some of the most talented artists, writers, and musicians associated with the state of Ohio, including James Thurber, Kay Boyle, Ian Frazier, Toni Morrison, and Elizabeth George. Kay and Jerri say they are thrilled that One Last Dance was recognized in this way.

“It’s an important book,” Jerri said, “it shows older people as real people, not caricatures. The message is clear. Don’t just sit in a corner and wait for life to happen, but go full speed at life.” Kay added, “Exactly what Dad did. He was still writing it right up to the day he died at age 95.”

One Last Dance was published by Calliope Press. For more information on the book and the authors, please visit the Calliope Press website,