LAND OF 10,000 LOVES: A History of Queer Minnesota

In Land of 10,000 Loves, Stewart Van Cleve blends oral history, archival narrative, newspaper accounts, and fascinating illustrations to paint a remarkable picture of Minnesota’s queer history. Land of 10,000 Loves honors this rich and diverse legacy and is a compelling testament to the sacrifices, scandals, and victories that have affected and continue to affect the lives of queer Minnesotans.

"Stewart Van Cleve has gone into the musty archives and brought them to vivid life. His comprehensive and entertaining overview of queer Minnesota history is a total page-turner. This feat is all the more impressive given that he’s writing about people who, for a long time, were trying hard to keep their lives hidden. This important work of regional history is also a kind of family history—documenting our recent past with equal parts painstaking accuracy and unabashed love." --Alison Bechdel, creator of the comic strip DTWOF and former Dyke Heights resident

"Land of 10,000 Loves is in itself an archive of GLBT history, each entry another astute illumination of queer Minnesota places, spaces, and people. We may ourselves be out of the closet, but too much of our history is still hidden. This compendium is a necessary revelation." --Barrie Jean Borich, author of Body Geographic and My Lesbian Husband

"Stewart Van Cleve has made my dream real with this book. I dreamt that scholars, one day, would use the Tretter Collection to reflect our queer world back to us. You will learn something reading this book, find some new story you missed because you were too young, too old, or just not in the right place at the right time. It is rich, wide-ranging, and very smart. May many others be inspired to follow his lead." --Patrick Scully, founder, Patrick's Cabaret

LAND OF 10,000 LOVES • by Stewart Van Cleve • University of Minnesota Press • 344 pages  • paperback $24.95

Stewart Van Cleve is a former assistant curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Everyone's favorite little curious monkey has a new adventure when he discovers homo-erotic feelings stirring within. 

George the straight little monkey was always too curious see one day a man with a sassy purple beret… This is the moment where everything is changing, and this classic children's book turns into a book full of the adventures begin. George got excited,  and when this happens the real George is coming out as the  Bi-Curious George and the saga begins.

You don't want me to spoil it for you so I will have to just say this, Get the book and find out how gay George is… and if and how and who is the lucky…m…

This book is for gay adults and it is hilariously clever parody of one of the most beloved classic children's books of all time.

Bi Curious George: An Unauthorized Parody • by Cider Mill Press• $14.95 Hardcover  
Taking female empowerment to the extreme

Novel takes place against a murderous and erotic backdrop

Female empowerment has become a predominant topic in today’s culture, with a growing a fascination of strong, independent women who use their intelligence and sex appeal to influence those around them. Brenda G. Wright’s debut novel, Angel: A Hustling Diva with a Twist, shows what happens when female empowerment turns deadly.

In this erotic novel, Angel, an independent Columbian assassin, uses her beauty and charm to seek vengeance on males who have wronged her in the past. Armed with sex appeal and heavy artillery, Angel is a strong, self-confident woman overcoming her rough childhood and fighting for her own personal justice.

“In reality, some things happen that are beyond our control,” author Wright said. “To actually see a female take charge for a change is unbelievable to me. We see action movies with men starring in them, but not too many females carry the artillery.”

Wright says she hopes her novel empowers women to take charge of their own lives. The action-packed, murderous plot provides an extreme example of the capabilities of women.

171 pages • Paperback • Retail price: $19.99 • Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble

About the author
Brenda Gean Wright was born in St. Louis and raised by her father after her mother died when she was 12 years old. She graduated from Summer High School and studied to be a medical assistant in college. She has been happily married to her husband, William, for 15 years. She has two children (James and Christina), two stepchildren (Orlando and Reshunda) and nine grandchildren. Her hobbies include cooking and baking, and she plans to return to school to earn her M.B.A.