Friday, January 22, 2010
Publishing with a heart... (Books - The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire)
Gregory Maguire's latest, The Next Queen of Heaven, is an ultra-lite bit of amusement that, if I were to unfairly armchair-psychoanalyze the author, attempts to make some rapprochement perhaps between his Catholic half and his gay half? In any event, it offers some very funny moments wrapped inside a predictable bit of fluff with a terrific bunch of nuns, a singing trio of gay men, and a woman who appears to undergo a conversion after being knocked on the head by a statuette. Aside from the laughs, the reason I really stuck with it is that it is the fruits of a philanthropic publishing venture by the Concord Free Press. They offer their books for free as incentive for you to donate to a charity of your choice. Once you have read the book you then pass it on to someone else. Either Lambda Legal or GLSEN will be the lucky recipient of a donation from me and I have a so-called recovering-Catholic friend who Im sure will get an enormous kick out of the book.