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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Chelsea Station Editions, 362 West 36th Street #2R, NY, NY 10018

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Shirts and Skins

a debut novel

by Jeffrey Luscombe


Available from Chelsea Station Editions July 16, 2012


A remarkable debut novel from Jeffrey Luscombea compelling series of linked stories of a young man’s coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming-to-terms with his family and fate.


Josh Moore lives with his family on the ‘wrong side’ of Hamilton, a gritty industrial city in southwestern Ontario. As a young boy, Josh plots an escape for a better life far from the steel mills that lined the bay. But fate has other plans and Josh discovers his adult life in Toronto is just as fraught with as many insecurities and missteps as his youth and he soon learns that no matter how far away he might run, he will never be able to leave his hometown behind.


Praise for Shirts and Skins by Jeffrey Luscombe


“Tightly written and keenly observed, Shirts and Skins is an impressive debut from a writer we’re sure to hear more from.”

Nino Ricci, author of Lives of the Saints, Testament, and The Origin of Species


Shirts and Skins is an assured and compassionate novel. Jeffrey Luscombe understands the power of what isn't said and has created a work that sizzles with repressed sexuality and family tension. The characters are utterly believable. A satisfying and compelling work.”

—Lauren B. Davis, author of Our Daily Bread, The Radiant City and The Stubborn Season


Shirts and Skins is a novel that will speak to anyone who has ever felt the inextricable bonds of the past, or felt the long shadow of family and home places as they strive towards the light of wholeness of identity and self-ownership. A first novel deeply felt and skillfully told, by a writer with insight, compassion, and talent to burn.”

Michael Rowe, author of Enter, Night and Other Men's Sons


Jeffrey Luscombe was born in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. He holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto. He attended The Humber College School for Writers where he was mentored by writers Nino Ricci and Lauren B. Davis. He has had fiction published in Chelsea Station, Tupperware Sandpiper, Zeugma Literary Journal, and filling Station Magazine. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Prism International Fiction Prize. He was a contributor to the anthology Truth or Dare (Slash Books Inc. 2011). He lives in Toronto with his husband Sean. Shirts and Skins is his first novel.


Shirts and Skins

by Jeffrey Luscombe

ISBN 13: 978-1-937627-00-3

ISBN 10: 19376270-0-4


226 pages, paperback, $18 retail

9 x 6 x .7 inches, 12.8 ounces

Publication date: 7/16/2012

Also available in digital formats at $9.99


For Press Inquiries, Review copies and Interview Requests



Chelsea Station Editions was founded in 2010 to fill a growing void of independent presses devoted to gay literature. Among the authors the press has published are debut writers Craig Moreau, Michael Graves, and David Pratt, and veterans Felice Picano, Walter Holland, Jon Marans, Charles Silverstein, Wesley Gibson, and Jameson Currier. In November 2011, the press launched Chelsea Station, a new magazine of gay writing.



Other titles available from Chelsea Station Editions


True Stories:
Portraits from My Past
a memoir by Felice Picano
Bob the Book
a debut novel by David Pratt
The Temperamentals
a play by Jon Marans
The Wolf at the Door
a novel by Jameson Currier
poems by Walter Holland
The March
a novel by Walter Holland
Chelsea Boy
debut poems by Craig Moreau
The Third Buddha
a novel by Jameson Currier
Dirty One
debut stories by Michael Graves
The Gay Man’s Guide to Timeless Manners and Proper Etiquette
by Corey Rosenberg
For the Ferryman
a memoir by Charles Silverstein
Personal Saviors
a novel by Wesley Gibson
Where the Rainbow Ends
by Jameson Currier
Dancing on the Moon
by Jameson Currier
Still Dancing
by Jameson Currier
My Movie
by David Pratt


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2nd Media Release


    James Deahl was born in Pittsburgh in 1945, and grew up there, as well as in and around the Laurel Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Canada in 1970. He is the author of twenty-one literary titles, and is a translator. A cycle of his poems was the focus of a one-hour TV special, Under the Watchful Eye. In addition to his writing, he had taught creative writing and Canadian literature at the high school, college, and university levels. In 2001, Deahl was presented with the Charles Olson Award for Achievements in Poetry.

    Delia De Santis is the author of the book Fast Forward and Other Stories, and the co-editor of four anthologies and the soon to be published book Italian Canadians at Table. She has published short stories in literary journals and in anthologies, and many of her short stories have been translated into Italian. Delia lives in Brights Grove, Ontario with her husband, and they have two sons and two grandsons.

    Caroline Di Cocco immigrated to Canada in 1957 and was raised in Sarnia, Ontario. Her literary achievements include co-authoring the book One by One….Passo dopo passo… History of Italian Community in Sarnia Lambton…1870-1990 as well as writing chapters in Nuova Luce Su Caboto, edited by Dr.Gabriele Scardellato.  She founded the Italo-Canadian Cultural Club/Laziali di Sarnia in 1987, was elected to municipal government in 1997 and was a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario from June 1999 to October 2007. In 2002 she was bestowed the honour of “Cavalieri” from the Republic of Italy and is the current chair of the executive of the Italian-Canadian Archive Project (ICAP) a National initiative.

    Venera Fazio was born in Bafia, Sicily and now lives in Bright’s Grove, Ontario. Altogether she has co-edited six anthologies relating to her culture of origin including the recent Descant issue, Sicily: Land of Forgotten Dreams. With Delia De Santis, she is currently working on an anthology highlighting Italian Canadian women writers. Her poetry and prose have been published in literary magazines in Canada, Italy and the United States. For the past twelve years she has volunteered on the executive team of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers.

     Elena Feick is a local poet and singer-songwriter. A graduate of St. Patrick’s Catholic High School, she has been a part of the local writers community since she was 16 years old. In 2010 she was a youth intern at the 33rd National Pastoral Musicians convention, which took place in Detroit Michigan. At that convention, a piece of her music was selected to be reviewed in the Composer’s Forum. Last year, she received a bursary for voice lessons through the Roman Catholic Diocese of London, Ontario. Elena is a member of Toastmasters, and currently she's studying at Lambton College to become a Personal Support Worker

     Norma West Linder is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, PEN, Writers in Transition, and past president of the Sarnia Branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association. She is the author of 5 novels, 14 collections of poetry, numerous short stories, a biography of Pauline McGibbon, and a memoir of Manitoulin Island, where she spent her childhood. A retired Lambton College English teacher, her poems have appeared in the latest 3 issues of Möbius, an annual New York poetry magazine.

     Jim Zucchero lives in London, Ontario with his wife and two children.  He is an academic counselor at King’s University College, at The University of Western Ontario. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from UWO; his thesis examines migration, historical memory, and ethnic identity in post-war Italian Canadian literature and criticism. He has published essays on the Canadian National War Memorial, Nino Ricci’s novels, Mario Duliani’s internment chronicle, and other Italian Canadian writers. His research interests include: Canadian multiculturalism, ethnic minority writing, authority, home, migration, and post-colonialism. As well as co-editing two anthologies on Italian Canadian internment, Beyond Barbed Wire and Behind Barb Wire, he is also co-editor of the collection, Reflections on Culture.                                                        

Media Release

Books and Biscotti Event to Introduce Two New Anthologies On the Internment of Italian Canadians

Bright’s Grove, Ontario: Aug. 8, 2012:

     An eclectic mix of readings about the internment of Italian Canadians as well as musical/literary interludes by prominent local and out-of-town writers will take place during Books and Biscotti, Sunday, August 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dante Club, 1330 London Road (side entrance hall) in Sarnia.

     Guest readers include: well-known Italian Canadian writers/editors Jim Zucchero, Delia De Santis and Venera Fazio from London and Bright’s Grove; and from Sarnia, award-winning poets Norma West Linder and James Deahl, former Sarnia-Lambton MPP Caroline Di Cocco and emerging singer-songwriter Elena Feick.

     Six books are expected to be launched in this free community presentation hosted by the Dante Club in conjunction with the Italo-Canadian Cultural Club/Laziali di Sarnia and the Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW).

     Two of the books Behind Barbed Wire: Creative Works of the Internment of Italian Canadians and Beyond Barbed Wire: Essays on the Internment of Italian Canadians (Guernica Editions) are historically significant and are receiving national attention.

         Fazio said that in these books “Italian Canadians reclaim a painful and unjust event in history, an event Italian Canadians and Canadians in general have up to now been silent about. Together the two books document the event and give voice to those who suffered.” She will read her selections from both volumes and is pleased Jim Zucchero will also share his expertise. “Not only is he one of the four editors of the Barbed Wire books but he holds a PhD in English literature and has written passionately about the Italian internment even before the publication of these two books.”
         According to De Santis who will read a selection of her work from the Creative volume, “the books were launched in most cities across Canada, including in Halifax, at Pier 21, Canada’s National Museum of Immigration”.

            The Sunday event also represents the Sarnia launch of three poetry books by Linder and Deahl who will soon embark on their autumn book tour to several Ontario cities, the east coast and to the US. The books include:
     Adder’s-tongues: A Choice of Norma West Linder’s Poems, 1969- 2011 (Aeolus House) written by Norma West Linder and edited by James Deahl.

      According to her publisher and Canadian poet Allan Briesmaster, Linder “writes with admirable economy and clarity, and the poems are genuinely touching and moving. The ones about musicians and singers are a treat to read, and those with outdoor settings have been sketched with a beautiful precision. Altogether a very substantial, consistently high-quality selection of work.")

     North of Belleville (Hidden Brook Press) written by James Deahl with photography, layout and design by Richard M. Grove (According to Chris Faiers in an April 2012 review in The Envoy , this 57-page book is “no less a deeply affectionate homage, in haiku verse, to several distinctive regions in Ontario…such as Red Hill Valley and McMaster Trail.”)

     Rooms the Wind Makes (Guernica Editions) by James Deahl (According to the publisher, this 160-page collection “continues Deahl’s exploration of the natural world around him in language that is precise and startling, tinged with nostalgia but bravely facing the realities with an eye on the larger picture.”)
     Caroline Di Cocco will read from Memory and Identity: Re-Creating Cultural Identity After Immigration. In her book, Di Cocco reconstructs and, documents the journey and reality of twenty-two clubs and associations created by Italian Canadian/Laziali immigrants.

     Emceed by Luisa Zoncheddu Solinas, the afternoon also features the beautiful music of Elena Feick, a local singer-songwriter who will be performing original work.
     AICW is a national organization that brings together a community of writers, critics, academics, and other artists who promote Italian-Canadian literature and culture.