Good news….both the paperback and hard covers of “Imagining Gay Paradise” are now available from online distributors throughout the world (Amazon, Kinokuniya, Barnes and Noble, Eurospan, etc) as well as from the publishers and distributors (Hong Kong University Press, Silkworm Books, Columbia University Press, University of British Columbia Press).
Select bookstores are also carrying the paperback.
Amazon has immediate downloads to your Kindle, your Kindle app, or your computer. Libraries that belong to Project Muse can also provide quick access since paradise has been digitalized there too!
One of the first readings and discussions has been scheduled at my home base, Seattle University, April 12, 7-9 p.m. Stay tuned for more details about that and future readings and discussions, particularly in Bali, Bangkok, Singapore, and Amsterdam.
Walter Spies, the gay German artist who is one of the main characters in the book, died 70 years ago this past January, victim of a Japanese bomber off the coast of Indonesia. It’s appropriate then that a book now tells more about his life as a queer man. The book includes many new details about the Nazi-inspired “morals scandal” that cost Walter the aesthetic paradise of Bali that he had posed as a counter to Hitler’s ideals of manhood.
Walter’s is just one of the stories the book tells about gay men imagining a home in Southeast Asia and, as the book’s opening sentence says, founding a paradise instead. There are details about Khun Toc, who set up the internationally famous erotic paradise of Babylon in Bangkok, and about Stuart Koe, who created Fridae.com and its Nation parties — a cyber-paradise based in Singapore.
Buy Imagining Gay Paradise from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Columbia University Press, Hong Kong University Press, Silkworm Books, Kinokuniya Thailand, Kinokuniya Singapore, University of British Columbia Press, Eurospan
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