Hansen Publishing Group: New and forthcoming books

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Straight James / Gay James

by James Franco,
paperback, $12.00 ISBN 978-60182-262-8; ebook, $4.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-263-5

Straight James / Gay James, actor James Franco’s new chapbook of poems, explores the facets of his public and private personas. Straight James / Gay James is a poetic bildungsroman—raw, candid, and uninhibited.James Franco writes about life as an actor, sexuality, questions of identity, gender, family, Gucci, Lana Del Rey, James Dean, and Hollywood. His poetic style varies from the imagistic to the prosaic. The chapbook also contains an interview of “Gay James” conducted by “Straight James.” Yes, Straight James asks the question: “Let’s get substantial: are you f*****g gay or what?”

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I-DJ

by Gregg Barrios,
paperback, $12.00 ISBN 978-60182-327-4; ebook, $4.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-328-1

I-DJ is a story of Warren Peace aka Amado Guerrero Paz, a gay Mexican American youth who finds his calling as a DJ. He spins the soundtrack of his life on the dance floor by night and by day in a gay send-up of Shakesqueer’s Ham-a-lot set to a dub-step beat of ecstasy, tainted love, Rollerena and Herb Alpert. When a younger DJ challenges him to a musical standoff, their stories and their music collide. Only one will emerge triumphant.

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Tenn Years: Tennessee Williams on Stage

by David Kaplan
paperback, $40.00; ebook, $9.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-426-4

The essays in this volume were all written by David Kaplan in conjunction with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, of which he is the curator and a co-founder. They are organized in two sections. The first section consists of ten essays written for each year of the Provincetown Festival, most included in the Festival catalogue for the year indicated. Those essays focus on each year’s thematic selection of Williams plays—and other dance, music, and theater events—as well as some aspect of Williams’ plays not always obvious in the text but essential to understanding the plays in production. The second section includes seven occasional essays, written for productions of Williams plays associated with the Festival. All the essays relate, in one way or another, to the story of what happened to the playwright during the last twenty years of his life and how his reputation is evolving since his death.

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Book cover for Charlene Donaghy's Bones of Home

Bones of Home and Other Plays

by Charlene A. Donaghy
paperback, $18.00; ebook, $7.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-260-4

Bones of Home and Other Plays weaves the splendor and decay of New Orleans with its past and present and then spirals out from its New Orleans center like delicate threads of a web. This collection of plays brings a broad range of writing styles with contemporary and historical plays.The contemporary plays spring forth from the questions of our times: How does the downward economy change family dynamics? How can uncontrollable crime bring people together? How does our penchant for youth at all costs influence friendships? How can a lonely soul find strength within? The historic plays complicated by Louisiana lore offer a look at what remains the same and what has changed through the years.

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Navy Crazy

by Michael Aaron Rockland
paperback, $15.00; ebook, $5.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-298-7

Navy Crazy is a different kind of war story depicting the backwardness of military medicine in the mid-1950s. A memoir of a young medical corpsman learning to survive on a locked psychiatric ward for Navy and Marine mental patients at the hospital on the U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan from 1955-57. Rockland captures the ward’s atmosphere, its flavor, its culture and its language. A raw personal history not filtered, not for the faint of heart.

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Red Leather Gloves

by B.V. Olguín
paperback, $12.95; ebook, $5.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-058-7

2015 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Award for Poetry
2015 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Poetry Award, Silver Winner

2015 Texas Institute of Letters First Book of Poetry, Second place

RED LEATHER GLOVES takes us from the mean streets of the Houston’s barrios and dockside boxing stables into a dilapidated boxing arena deceptively named the Olympiad where men and boys reenact an ancient rite of passage in desperate pursuit of Olympic fame, title belts, and riches that will elude them all. Olguín writes within the visceral realism of Philip Levine and the boxing authenticity of F. X. Toole: he zeros in on these working class denizens as they train in the art of the not so sweet science of beating bodies into submission. An amateur boxer in his youth, Olguín dissects the sport with the skill of a cut-man, and his poems burst with the pain and physical toll the sport exacts.

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Inside Act: How Ten Actors Made—And You Can Too

edited by Ken Womble
paperback, $24.99; ebook, $9.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-059-4

Why do some actors make it and others don’t? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too.

INSIDE ACT identifies what sets successful actors apart. For Womble it’s about the inner choices, the inside acts of working actors acts that have propelled them to thriving careers in one of the most competitive professions on the planet.

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Education and Empowerment: The Essential Writings of W.E.B. Du Bois

edited by Randall Westbrook,
paperback, $15.00; ebook, $5.99
ISBN 978-1-60182-046-4

W.E.B. Du Bois’ role as a contributor to educational thought was ignored throughout his lifetime and has been sparsely considered in the fifty years after his death. Many of the twenty-eight writings contained here have not been viewed in the context of Du Bois’ educational thought. Randall Westbrook has organized these writing in three chronological sections: 1883-1885, 1885-1903, 1914-1948.

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