March 28, 2012
Songs for the New Depression
-- The critically acclaimed debut novel, Songs for the New Depression
, by award-winning director and Huffington Post contributor Kergan Edwards-Stout, has been short-listed for the 2011 Independent Literary Awards. Kirkus Reviews calls Songs for the New Depression
"a distinctively entertaining novel written with moxie and bolstered by pitch-perfect perspectives."
Edwards-Stout, who was honored by the Human Rights Campaign as a “2011 Father of the Year”, was inspired to write the novel by the passing of his partner, Shane Sawick, who died of AIDS in 1995. "It was important to Shane that he somehow be remembered,"
Edwards-Stout states. "This novel attempts to capture that moment, before the drugs we now have, when life was a wild mix of love, laughter, friendship, sex, and danger."
Unique in the literary world, the Independent Literary Awards (http://indielitawards.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/2011-short...
) are based on recommendations from book bloggers and readers, with the top vote-getters being short-listed for the awards. The nominated books are then read and evaluated by a judging panel, with winners to be announced by the end of March.
Edwards-Stout appreciates the Independent Literary Award nomination, as well as the widespread acclaim his book has received. "It's been extremely gratifying,"
he relates, "to know that my 12 year labor of love is finding a home in the hearts of readers. I can't tell you how many letters and emails I've received, both from people who are sharing similar experiences of losing a loved one, as well as from others who relate to the lead character's search for love and redemption, the themes of which are universal."Songs for the New Depression
follows the adventures of Gabriel Travers, a young man battling AIDS. Despite his doctor’s proclamations to the contrary and rumors of a promising new HIV drug cocktail, Gabriel is convinced he doesn't have long to live. With the clock ticking, Gabe begins to finally peel back the layers and tackle his demons — with a little help from the music of the Divine Miss M (Bette Midler) and his mom’s new wife, a country music-loving priest.
The Advocate notes that “Kergan Edwards-Stout has crafted a work of fiction reminiscent of some classic tales in Songs for the New Depression
. Even better, Edwards-Stout’
s debut boasts the kind of dark humor that made Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors, Dry
) a household name.” Frontiers Magazine/Los Angeles says it is "Simply stunning," and the Midwest Book Review notes that it is "a thoughtful read that should appeal to many."Songs for the New Depression
is available now in hardcover, paperback, and all e-book formats, at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and other fine booksellers.
ABOUT KERGAN EDWARDS-STOUT
Kergan Edwards-Stout is an award-winning director and author, whose work has appeared in a number of publications, including Huffington Post, Bilerico Project, LGBTQ Nation, American Short Fiction,
and the health magazine SexVibe
. He has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign as a “2011 Father of the Year”, and blogs regularly at http://kerganedwards-stout.com
. Currently, he is at work on a memoir, Never Turn Your Back On the Tide.
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