RATTLING GOOD YARNS PRESS

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Rattling Good Yarns Press is an independent publishing house specializing in LGBTQ fiction, history and whimsey. The British expression, a rattling good yarn, means a story that is excellent and exciting. We are devoted to bringing works to light that are neglected by mainstream publishers. Founded in 2018 by author St Sukie de la Croix and his husband, Ian Henzel. Rattling Good Yarns Press is devoted to the principle that everything our readers read, is a rattling good yarn.

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THE INTERVIEWS

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GREGG SHAPIRO

Author

Author of eight books, entertainment journalist Gregg Shapiro’s interviews and reviews run in numerous regional LGBTQ+ and mainstream publications. Shapiro lives with his husband Rick and their dog Coco in South Florida.

​Gay men communicate in many ways, sometimes a glance, sometimes a smile, and sometimes a whistle. In How to Whistle, Gregg Shapiro brings us men of all types sometimes seeking to be with each other and sometimes looking for themselves. They dance, they indulge, they camp, and they enjoy life. Shapiro employs his deft poetic voice to bring you men that will stay with you, men you'll find yourself thinking about for a long time.

March 9, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Gregg Shapiro  discussing his book HOW TO WHISTLE: THE EXPANDED EDITION

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IAN HENZEL

PUBLISHER

Rattling Good Yarns Press is an independent publishing house specializing in LGBTQ fiction, history, and whimsey. The British expression, a rattling good yarn, means a story that is excellent and exciting. We are devoted to bringing works to light that are neglected by mainstream publishers.

Feb 11, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with IAN HENZELpublisher at Rattling Good Yarns Press

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PHIL GAMBONE

AUTHOR

Philip Gambone, a gay man, never told his father the reason why he was rejected from the draft during the Vietnam War. In turn, his father never talked about his participation in World War II. Father and son were enigmas to each other. Gambone, an award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer, spent seven years uncovering who the man his quiet, taciturn father had been, by retracing his father's journey through WW II. As Far As I Can Tell not only reconstructs what Gambone’s father endured, it also chronicles his own emotional odyssey as he followed his father’s route from Liverpool to the Elbe River. A journey that challenged the author’s thinking about war, about European history, and about “civilization."

Nov 10, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with PHIL GAMBONEpublisher at AS FAR AS I CAN TELL: FINDING MY FATHER IN WORLD WAR II

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ST. SUKIE DE LA CROIX 

AUTHOR

St Sukie de la Croix, 69, has been a social commentator and researcher on Chicago’s LGBT history for three decades. He has published oral-history interviews; lectured; conducted historical tours; documented LGBT life through columns, photographs, humor features, and fiction; and written the book Chicago Whispers (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012) on local LGBT history. St Sukie de la Croix, the man the Chicago Sun-Times described as “the gay Studs Terkel,” came to Chicago from his native Bath, England, in 1991. He has had columns in local publications or online news and entertainment sources such as Chicago Free Press, Gay Chicago, Nightlines/Nightspots, Outlines, Blacklines, Windy City Times, and GoPride.com as well as numerous others outside the city. 

July 22, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with ST. SUKIE DE LA CROIX about gay journalism in Chicago and his Tell me about it Book Series

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DANIEL M. JAFFE

AUTHOR

Daniel grew up and attended college in New Jersey, then moved to the Boston area for law school. He worked for several years as a corporate/securities attorney before throwing caution to the winds and pursuing a career in creative writing. After his partner (and future husband), Leo Cabranes-Grant, accepted a university teaching position in California, Daniel moved with him to Santa Barbara.

Several of Daniel's short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and dozens of his stories, essays, and articles have appeared in anthologies, literary journals and newspapers in many countries and languages. His work has been taught in college and university courses. He holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and Vermont College (M.F.A.).

July 14, 2020

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RICK KARLIN 

Author / Historian

Paper Cuts: My Life in Chicago’s Volatile LGBTQ Press is the story of Rick Karlin’s life writing for Chicago’s newspapers, balancing that with his family life outside of it. Joining the staff at GayLife in 1978 gave Karlin a front-row seat at some of the momentous events in post-Stonewall LGBTQ history. From the privileged vantage point of a newspaper office, he watched the rise and fall of disco, the AIDS crisis, same-sex marriage, bars opening and closing, and LGBTQ newspapers coming and going. Like gossip columnists, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, Karlin knew the dirt going on behind the scenes. … Scratch the veneer of what Karlin calls his “so-called celebrity” and you will find a man of conviction, morals, and a keen sense of community. In short, Rick Karlin is a jewel in the crown of Chicago’s LGBTQ press. In 1978 he dived into a polluted pool and, holding his nose, swam in it for decades. And Chicago is all the better for it.

July 13, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with RICK KARLIN discussing his book PAPERCUTS

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IAN HENZEL

PUBLISHER

Rattling Good Yarns Press is an independent publishing house specializing in LGBTQ fiction, history, and whimsey. The British expression, a rattling good yarn, means a story that is excellent and exciting. We are devoted to bringing works to light that are neglected by mainstream publishers.

May 20, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with IAN HENZELpublisher at Rattling Good Yarns Press