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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
September 16, 2014
CONTACT: Jay Blotcher
Public Impact Media Consultants
(845) 612-9837 
flower@publicimpactpr.com
 
For graphics and digital release: FlowerOfIowa.com/MediaTools
“GAY IN THE GREAT WAR”
LANCE RINGEL READS FROM HIS WWI NOVEL FLOWER OF IOWA
WITH LIVE PERIOD MUSIC
AT CHICAGO’S GERBER/HART LIBRARY
ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
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. Saturday, October 18, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM at Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N Clark St, Chicago. www.flowerofiowa.com/events
CHICAGO — “Gay in the Great War,” a program combining literature and music from World War I, will be presented at Chicago’s famed Gerber/Hart Library on Saturday, October 18 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. October is also LGBT History Month.
 
Lance Ringel, an Illinois native, former Chicago resident and 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.
Gerber/Hart, the Midwest’s largest LGBT circulating library, is located at 6500 North Clark Street in Chicago. Admission is free.
 
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.
ATTENTION MEDIA: For advance interviews with author Lance Ringel, please contact publicist Jay Blotcher of Public Impact Media Consultants at (845) 612-9837 or flower@publicimpactpr.com. Free downloads of the eBook Flower Of Iowa for reporter review are available upon media request. 

FlowerOfIowa.com
About the author of Flower Of Iowa:

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 journalist and writer for four decades – including a stint as an editor at Chicago’s Windy City Times – Lance Ringel has penned five novels and three plays. A native of central Illinois, 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.
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives was founded in 1981 to be a depository for the records of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals and organizations, and for other resources bearing upon their lives and experiences in American society. The library’s resources include more than 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.
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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