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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
September 18, 2014
CONTACT: Jay Blotcher
Public Impact Media Consultants
(845) 612-9837 
flower@publicimpactpr.com
 
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“GAY IN THE GREAT WAR”
LANCE RINGEL READS FROM HIS WWI NOVEL FLOWER OF IOWA
WITH LIVE PERIOD MUSIC
AT OUTREACH GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER IN MADISON
ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16
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, Oct. 16, 5:30-6:30 PM at OutReach, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Central Wisconsin, Gateway Mall, 600 Williamson St., Madison. Free admission. More info: www.flowerofiowa.com/events
MADISON, WI — “Gay in the Great War,” a program combining literature and music from World War I, will be presented at OutReach, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Central Wisconsin on Thursday, October 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. October is also LGBT History Month.
 
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. Outreach is located at Gateway Mall, 600 Williamson St., Madison. Admission is free, and the program is open to all.
Ringel spent 21 years researching and writing this gripping novel, which was selected in May 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 Smashwords.com.
 
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.
 
OutReach’s mission is to promote equality and quality of life for LGBT people. The organization and its predecessors have offered the Madison-area LGBT community continuous service for 35 years. Two of those original groups, the Madison Gay and Lesbian Resource Center and The United, merged into a new agency called OutReach, Inc., in 1998. Since the merger, OutReach has grown and expanded its services, moving to a new office and tripling its space, and offering a larger private social and support group and conference room. OutReach further expanded its services into Rock County in 2010, meeting twice a month at an open and affirming church in Janesville.
ATTENTION MEDIA: For advance interviews with author Lance Ringel, please contact publicist Jay Blotcher at (845) 612-9837 or flower@publicimpactpr.com. 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. A native of central Illinois with family connections to Wisconsin, he has had an impressive career in politics as well, 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 www.flowerofiowa.com/purchase.
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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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