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Beatitude: “…will stay with you long after you finish the last page.”

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The latest review of Beatitude comes from Empty Mirror, a wonderful arts and literary magazine devoted to literature, film, music and art, with a special interest in the Beat Generation. Empty Mirror’s owner and editor, Denise Enck, wrote the review herself:   “Closs’s knowledge of and love for the Beats and New York shines through; the [...]

Paying It Forward… and Backward

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Elise McMullen is one of the most beautiful and insightful writers I’ve had the pleasure to publish as editor of TrekWorld. Read no further than her articles “The Young Woman and the Sea” and “Thanking the Animals We Eat” and you will instantly know what I mean.   But before Elise ever contributed to TrekWorld, she [...]

Love Story

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Love, love and love! In the Greenwich Village Barnes & Noble, Beatitude is featured in the Staff Recommendations end-of-aisle display with a sign applauding the novel’s distinctive appeal as well as the, ahem, author:   “A love story in all definitions—true love, brotherly love, unrequited love, how love differs between two lovers, and a labor [...]

“Love, obsession, jealousy and the experiences that make us human”

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Book-lover Allizabeth Collins has been reviewing and writing about books since 2001! She just reviewed Beatitude on her long-running blog, The Paperback Pursuer:   “What would happen if you found your soulmate in someone you could never have? The interactions between Harry and Jay describe the depth of this conundrum from the beginnings of an innocent friendship [...]

Beatitude at the 2012 IPPY Awards

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The IPPY Awards were a blast! Held at Providence NYC on June 4, the annual Independent Publisher Book Awards played to a packed house of authors and agents, publishers and publicists—a few from Australia!—gathered to celebrate the best in indie publishing. It was an exhilarating, electric evening. I barely remember accepting the Gold Medal for [...]

Postcard from Ferlinghetti: The Flip Side

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Since my previous post about receiving a postcard from City Lights Bookstore founder, poet and painter Lawrence Ferlinghetti in response to sending him a copy of Beatitude, several people have asked, “What was on the other side of the postcard?” The flip side featured this iconic and brilliant photograph of several cadets reading Allen Ginsberg’s [...]

Spontaneous Book-Signing at The Strand

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I was thrilled to discover a stack of 10 copies of Beatitude in The Strand, New York’s landmark independent bookstore (“18 miles of books”), and, had I been alone, I would have left the store happy just knowing that. But I wasn’t alone. I was with my best friend John, who suggested I offer to [...]