by Andy Quan (Goodreads Author)
On the edge of adulthood, self-discovery, coming out; in university towns, Europe, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, the protagonists of "Calendar Boy" unravel cultural heritage, community, identity on the road to -- they hope -- love, happiness, and self-acceptance. Set around the globe, sixteen adventurous stories weave fiction with real-life smarts, guts and oomph underpinnin...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by New Star Books
(first published June 30th 2001)
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Calendar Boy was my first book of short stories, with many of the stories having been published in other collections of gay fiction (in that lost age of about 10-20 years ago when those anthologies were popular). My publisher and I were confounded that readers couldn't always tell the difference between the characters - as if the markers of both Asian and gay overrode anything else. But in retrospect, I can see there was a little too much similarity in theme, and that it's hard for readers at ti...more
This collection of stories offers an intelligent, quirky and unexpected take on queer "otherness" in cultures, and a worldly view of various cultures in different cultures. The subtle differences of gay life in France, Canada and Australia show commonalities and similarities with a poet's eye for detail.
Andy Quan is the author of four books, one of short fiction, Calendar Boy, two of poetry, Slant and Bowling Pin Fire, and one of gay erotica, Six Positions. He was the co-editor of Swallowing Clouds, an Anthology of Chinese Canadian Poetry. His work has appeared in a broad range of anthologies, magazines and literary reviews in Australia, Canada, and elsewhere. His work often deals with the themes...moreMore about Andy Quan...