Looking for Love in Faraway Places is edited by Michael Luongo.
It's the latest book in Haworth Press's Out in the World Series on gay and lesbian travel literature.
These true tales of love, romance and excitement take place from the beaches of Provincetown to the exotic shores of Somoa, and all the continents in between. Beyond love, the drama of today's politics enters many of the stories. The important issues of gay marriage and post 9-11 obstacles to gay immigration serve as important themes. These thirteen stories, by writers well known and up and coming, provide a window into the international love lives of gay men in America and beyond.
Sadly, two of the stories are the last ever by two writers who died during the making of this book - M.S.Hunter who tells us of his time stationed in Samoa, and Richard Thompson who takes us to Thailand.
The book can be ordered at the Haworth Website by clicking here:
And from the Haworth Website, this detailed description of the new collection:
Looking for Love in Faraway Places - Real stories of gay men who found love and romance in distance lands
Looking for Love in Faraway Places is a collection of true stories of gay men seeking—and finding—love and romance against overwhelming odds in exotic locations. Edited by noted travel writer Michael Luongo, this unique book is a testament to the power of gay men’s love for each other in the face of cultural, physical, and legal obstacles that can make them feel like second-class citizens. These very personal stories are as varied as the continents they visit, as authors candidly recall that while love may have no boundaries, the law certainly does.
Hearts will do as they please, despite time, distance, language barriers, and extreme political, cultural, and emotional challenges. Looking for Love in Faraway Places travels through Latin America, Asia, and Europe, and closer to home in Canada and the United States with stories of gay men making and maintaining romantic connections while dealing with tremendous cost (financial and personal), cultural clashes, and illness and disease, as well as oppressive domestic and international policies governing gay marriage and immigration.
Looking for Love in Faraway Places includes:
Gabriel Schael’s “Running with the Bull: A Madrid Romance”
Marc Heft’s “Friends, Roman and Countrymen”
Ken Baehr’s “Costumes, Customs, and One Camaro”
James W. Jones’ “Trying to Stop Water with a Net”
Des Ariel’s “The Shosholooza Meyl: Johannesburg to Cape Town”
Richard Burnett’s “The Ukimwi Road”
Michael Luongo’s “My Canterbury Tale or the House in Broadstairs”
Michael Mele’s “Marcelo”
poignant selections from M.S. Hunter and Richard D. Thompson, both of whom died during the book’s editing stages
and much more
Heartfelt and sometimes heartbreaking, Looking for Love in Faraway Places is a thoughtful and entertaining read for gay men interested in romantic travel and an enlightening resource for anyone interested in immigration and gay marriage.
About editor and author Michael Luongo:
Michael Luongo is a well-published writer, editor and photographer, working in a range of styles. His work has appeared in Out Traveler, The Advocate, TheNew York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, Town & Country Travel, Budget Travel, PlanetOut.com, Gay.com, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler and many other publications. He co-edited Continuum Press’s 2002 Gay Tourism: Culture, Identity and Sex, the first academic book on the gay travel industry. His creative fiction has been published by Painted Leaf Press and Alyson. He is a book author and editor with Haworth Press with the well reviewed 2004 anthology Between the Palms, and the upcoming Looking for Love in Faraway Places and Gay Travels in Islam. He also wrote the successful 2005 Frommer’s Buenos Aires guidebook, America's best-selling guide to the Argentine Capital, purchased by 1 out of 10 Americans visiting Argentina. More on his work is on his website: www.michaelluongo.com