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December 22, 2014
CONTACT: Jay Blotcher
Public Impact Media Consultants
(845) 612-9837
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CALENDAR LISTING: “Gay in the Great War,” a dramatized reading from the novel Flower of Iowa, presented by author Lance Ringel with period music by Chuck Muckle. Thursday, Jan. 15, 7:00-8:30 PM at Stonewall National Museum Gallery, 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida. Free admission. Info at 954-763-8565, or
WILTON MANORS, FL — “Gay in the Great War,” a program combining literature and music from World War I, will be presented at Stonewall National Museum & Archives Gallery on Thursday, January 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. This event is part of the Museum’s author presentation series at Stonewall Gallery.
Lance Ringel, author of the acclaimed World War I saga Flower of Iowa, will read excerpts from his eBook, joined by his spouse, actor-singer Chuck Muckle. Mr. Muckle will also perform several songs made famous during The Great War, such as “Over There” and “It’s A Long Way to Tiperrary.” Stonewall National Museum & Archives Gallery is located at 2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Florida. Admission is free, and the program is open to all.
Ringel spent 21 years researching and writing this gripping novel. Flower of Iowa was selected as one of the top summer reads by The Advocate magazine, and has attained the #1 spot on the gay fiction best-seller list, and #2 on the historical fiction list, at More than seven months after publication, it continues to rank in the top 10 of both lists.
The sprawling historical novel Flower of Iowa takes place against the turbulent backdrop of World War I. In France during the final months of the war in 1918, young American Tommy Flowers is learning to be a good soldier in the trenches. At the same time, Tommy steadily develops an attraction for his best buddy, British soldier David Pearson. The two young men must navigate this unexpected but irresistible attraction, seeking out ways to stay in touch even as the war reaches a crescendo, drawing them apart. A tale of love and bravery in the midst of tragedy, Flower of Iowa showcases unforgettable characters, meticulous historic research and exhilarating storytelling.
The Stonewall Museum is one of the only permanent spaces in the United States devoted to the display of exhibitions relating to LGBT culture and history. In 2006, Stonewall launched a Distinguished Author Lecture Series, literature discussion groups, an opera appreciation group, two monthly film programs, a writer’s workshop, monthly art exhibitions, and a community space that attracts more than eight thousand visitors a year. The Stonewall National Museum & Archives is now located in the Ft. Lauderdale Branch Library/ArtServe building located at 1300 East Sunrise in a 4,000-square foot area of collection, exhibition, public program and administration space. It opened in January 2009. Learn more at
ATTENTION MEDIA: For advance interviews with author Lance Ringel, please contact publicist Jay Blotcher at (845) 612-9837 or Free downloads of the eBook Flower Of Iowa for reporter review are available upon media request. 
About the author of Flower Of Iowa:

A journalist and writer for four decades, Lance Ringel has penned five novels and three plays. He has had an impressive career in politics, serving as Assistant Commissioner of Human Rights under New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Ringel currently resides in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his spouse of 38 years, actor-composer Chuck Muckle. Flower of Iowa is his first published book-length work.
To download the eBook Flower Of Iowa, visit
FLOWER OF IOWA is available from these online retailers:
Available at Smashwords.
Available at the Apple iBooks Store.
Available at Barnes & Noble.
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