Vamp Until Ready is on pre-sale NOW!

I can’t wait to get my hands on James Magruder’s forthcoming novel Vamp Until Ready.

Cover art for James Magruder's new novel Vamp Until Ready
Publishing in September, Vamp Until Ready is available for pre-order NOW from Rattling Good Yarns Press.

“A precise, affectionate collection of linked stories follows the lives of several “townies” in Ithaca, New York, from 1980 through 1992. It’s a tour de force performance, charming and unstrained…”

—Kirkus, starred review

I have admired James Magruder‘s enviable body of work for nearly 30 years now. He has had the career that I dreamed I might have, once upon a time. He is a masterful writer in many forms (stage plays and musicals, translations, novels, memoir, essays, and more), intellectual, multilingual, teacher and mentor, and proud gay man (with a handsome, intelligent, and charming husband, no less).

Since I moved back to Baltimore in the mid-00s, I’ve been privileged to get to know James personally and join his circle of friends. (We both have been a little surprised by how frequently our circles overlapped.) I’ve also had the chance to learn about his many other good qualities: he is warm, kind, and generous; he has a great sense of humor and a sharp wit; he is the consummate dinner party host and guest; and he can cook a mean pot roast.

“James Magruder’s warm-hearted, hair-raising, and hilarious new novel, Vamp Until Ready, is a cross between Winesburg, Ohio and a backstage musical—a panorama of small-town American life over a dozen years, but a dozen particular years during the era of Reagan-Bush, the global AIDS crisis, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. ” —John Weir, author of Your Nostalgia is Killing Me

But what I admire most about Jim is that he is an intrepid and deeply committed writer. In the relatively few years that we have been acquainted, he published his first novel (Sugarless), his second novel (Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall), and now his third novel (Vamp Until Ready) is forthcoming.

In his off hours(!) during the last decade or so, James has also published a series of stories in a fictionalized memoir (Let Me See It), which describes life events so much like my own that it gave me chills. Oh! And he also co-wrote the blank verse book for Head Over Heels, a Broadway musical based on a 16th century play and incorporating the song catalog of the 1980s girl-band, The Go-Gos. When he wasn’t busy picking up awards and nominations for his work, he also squeezed in some teaching at Swarthmore College.

A few days ago, I was delighted to learn that Rattling Good Yarns Press will publish Vamp Until Ready on September 28. Most importantly, it is available for pre-sale RIGHT NOW! Of course I placed my order immediately, as should you. I have no doubt that this new work will be as brilliant as the others. And goodness knows, in the face of COVID-19 and other world crises today, I could use a good laugh or two. I bet you could, too. Now we just have to place our orders and be patient until the book arrives. Vamp, vamp, vamp.


Literary arts journal | Exquisite Pandemic | United States

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I am loving Rick Whitaker’s monthly online journal of art and literature called Exquisite Pandemic. The March 2021 issue features photographs by Jonathan Dawe,  plus these exquisite writersSteven Fraccaro     Gregg Shapiro     Ellen Zaroff     Jessica Gould      Sayeeda Copeland     Minc     Michael Hickins         Francesco di Benedetto     Walter Holland     Ilka Scobie     Tim Shaner     Zachary Pace      Naomi Bess Leimsider    Giuseppe Gullo     Michael Carroll     Mark Svenvold     Sean Singer    Norman Fischer    Daniel Edward Moore     Anna Monardo     Edmund White    Richard Howard      Kinton Ford

Check it out!
– Doug Rose

Stonewall-50 Years — 2019 Art + Pride Exhibit – Photojimsf!!!

Congratulations to my friend Jim James who has TWO vintage photos from the late ’70s in this amazing group show at San Fancisco’s Harvey Milk Photo Center. Jim writes:

I’m happy as a dog with two tails to be included in this big group art show. My two vintage photographs from the late 70’s were delivered just yesterday to the center. Would you like a sneak peak?

Original logovia Stonewall-50 Years — 2019 Art + Pride Exhibit – Photojimsf!!!

Click above to learn more, including how you can get a sneak preview of his fabulous photos.

Also, YOU’RE INVITED to join Jim and the other photographers at the exhibits opening reception. (This is one more great reason to head to San Francisco for Pride!) Click through to Jim’s post to learn all about it!

Happy Pride Everyone!



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