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Writer. Wordsmith. Author.
Words, You See, are the Thing

Bronx-born wordsmith Larry Benjamin is the author of Unbroken, a gay coming-of-age/romance, novel, which won a 2014 IPPY Gold Medal, is also a 2014 Lambda Literary finalist in the Gay Romance category. His second book, Damaged Angels, a collection of short stories was a 2013 Rainbow Award Runner-Up in the Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction category. His debut novel, What Binds Us, a gay romance, was published by Carina Press in March 2012.

Larry considers himself less a writer than a wordsmith—an artist whose chosen medium is the written word rather than clay or paint or bronze.

He is a writer of stories whose characters are determined to find their place in the world; if they cannot...more


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Larry Benjamin That would be Unbroken. The inspiration for it was quite simply, the question, when did you first know you were gay? From there the idea developed to…moreThat would be Unbroken. The inspiration for it was quite simply, the question, when did you first know you were gay? From there the idea developed to take the reader on my journey, to grab him or her by the hand and make them walk in my footsteps.(less)
Larry Benjamin I wait for it to pass. I find "forcing" writing results in rather pedestrian writing. My writing is far better if I take a break or "sleep on it."…moreI wait for it to pass. I find "forcing" writing results in rather pedestrian writing. My writing is far better if I take a break or "sleep on it." Once the words start flowing I write again.(less)
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What Binds Us
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COMING SOON: “The Christmas Present:” A mother, unhappy her son is gay, turns to an Obeah practitioner to change him with surprising results.
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I read What Binds Us in September and I can’t believe I missed to post a review of this wonderful book. Looking back now, I have highlighted so many paragraphs of beautiful writing that I can’t pick which to quote. So, here is my favourite:

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"Al wrote: "Beautiful cover, Larry"

Thanks Al. Deb McGowan over at Beaten Track designed it. And it fits the story, its mood and setting perfectly.
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The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."

[Modernism's Patriarch (Time Magazine, June 10, 1996)]
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"Let it not be said that I don’t go all out for my readers. I was asked if the rumour was true that a naked book club in Toronto was going to read and discuss my novel, Shirts and Skins. Yes, they are. I was also asked if the rumour was true that I..." Read more of this blog post »
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“Yes, writing words, words, words. Well you’ve made a rope of words and strangled this business. Hah! But there’s a microphone right there to capture the last gurgle and Technicolor to photograph the swollen red tongue.”
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message 25: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Unbroken by Larry  Benjamin I was very excited to learn my third book, Unbroken, is a 2014 Rainbow Award finalist in the gay contemporary fiction category. (Winners will be announced December 8, 2014.)
Unbroken


message 24: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Getting ready to head over to Giovanni's Room in Philly to join other 2014 Lammy Finalists in a reading. I'll be reading from Unbrokenwhich also won a 2014 IPPY Award Gold medal. Stop by if you're in town. Would love to see you.


message 23: by Larry

Larry Benjamin BIG NEWS: Local wordsmiths Glenway Wescott and Larry Benjamin, author of Unbroken nominated for 2014 Lambda Literary Foundation awards:
Read the story in G Philly


message 22: by Larry

Larry Benjamin I’m chatting with author/blogger Raine O’Tierney over at The Hat Partywhere I reveal all—well not all, but a lot. Stop on by. Post a comment if you’d like.


message 21: by Larry

Larry Benjamin image: Unbroken cover
My Beaten Track Publishing release, Unbroken, is a Lambda Literary Award finalist in the Gay Romance category.
Review finalist list


message 20: by Larry

Larry Benjamin This week I'm blogging about what I learned when we stopped to help a crying stranger: Lost & Found


message 19: by Larry

Larry Benjamin My debut novel, What Binds Us, is available this weekend for just $2.50 (Kindle) & $3 (Audiobook)at Amazon. So if it's been on your reading list, now's your chance to get it.
http://www.amazon.com/What-Binds-Us-L...


message 18: by Larry

Larry Benjamin My #LGBT memoir, in 6 words: "Age twelve. Jose smiled. Changed everything." is featured on G Philly's blog today. The 6 words, carefully chosen, are also a summary of my upncoming release, Unbroken. http://ow.ly/owbdK


message 17: by Larry

Larry Benjamin What Binds Us by Larry  BenjaminIf my first book, What Binds Us, is on your to-read list, now's the time to buy it. It's on sale for $2.51 at Amazon ow.ly/lJNrh and $2.99 everywhere else


message 16: by Larry

Larry Benjamin If my short story collection, Damaged Angels, has been on your to-read list, now is the time to buy it. It's just 99 cents in the Kindle store. http://ow.ly/lKbta


message 15: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Damaged Angels

In this week's blog post, I reveal the relationship that inspired some of the stories in my newest release, Damaged Angels http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_...


message 14: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Damaged Angels, my short story collection from Bold Strokes Books is now available. Read the first story. http://ow.ly/ebuBb http://ow.ly/i/Zm4w


message 13: by Larry

Larry Benjamin At last! The follow up to What Binds Us, Damaged Angels, is available ahead of its Oct. 1 release exclusively at Bold Stokes Books (http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/)

You can read an excerpt here: http://www.larrybenjamin.com/Excerpt....


message 12: by Larry

Larry Benjamin I interview independent film makers Cati & Mike Rodriquez about their upcoming LGBT release "Prince and Ekaj" in today's blog post. Check it out. http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_...


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Larry Benjamin Want to know what three things I'd take with me to a desert island? Catch my author interview over at Orangeberry Book Tours.


message 10: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Judging from the responses I've gotten, this week's Blog post Inspiration Returns about how remembering my first crush inspired my latest bout of writing is really resonating with readers. I was 12 and in seventh grade. He was the new kid. His name was José. He walked into fourth period music, smiled and changed everything. Until that moment...
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to drop me a note about this.


message 9: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Joey Pinkney interviews me about my debut novel What Binds Us http://joeypinkney.com/african-americ...


message 8: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Hey I'm over at Carina Press' blog today talking about bullying, how we can take a stand and why my first book, What Binds Us, spent nearly 20 years in a drawer. Come on over for a chat http://carinapress.com/blog/


message 7: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Pia wrote: "Hi Larry, welcome to GR and congrats on your first book!"

Hi Pia

thanks for the welcome and the congratulations. I'm very excited but the waiting (until March is killing me. ;-) I'm finishing up my next book so at least I have that distraction.


message 6: by Larry

Larry Benjamin Barbara wrote: "Hey, Larry. I have a friend who is published through Dreamspinner. Joel Skelton. You'll have to look for him. Do you have work published through them?"

Hi there. Nope haven't published through Dreamspinner but I need to find a publisher for the book I'm just finishing up--it's a colection of short stories so it won't be Carina.


Barbara Longley Hey, Larry. I have a friend who is published through Dreamspinner. Joel Skelton. You'll have to look for him. Do you have work published through them?


message 4: by Pia

Pia Veleno Hi Larry, welcome to GR and congrats on your first book!


message 3: by Tame

Tame thank you for the friend request!


message 2: by Piper

Piper Vaughn Thanks for the friend request!


message 1: by Sue

Sue Hi Larry - thanks for the add! Make you way over to the introducing thread at m/m romance and say "hi". :)


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