Martin Hyatt was born just outside of New Orleans. His stories have been published in Lodestar Quarterly, The Electric Literature Blog, Blithe House Quarterly, and several award-winning anthologies. His first novel, A Scarecrow's Bible, won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Violet Quill Award, the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Debut Fiction, and the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Men's Fiction. New York magazine declared Hyatt to be a literary "Star of Tomorrow."
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Small Town Gay Books: Masculinities Outside the Metropolis
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Beautiful Gravity: A Novel
A 2017 American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Literature
A 2017 Lambda Literary Awards finalist
A New York Times Best Book Cover of 2016
Loner Boz Matthews spends his days working at his grandfather's Louisiana highway diner. His only friends are the Pentecostal preacher's anorexic daughter, Meg, and the ghosts of dead movie stars. But when country music outlaws Catty Mills and Kyle Thomas come to town, Boz's world is turned upside-down, leading to an emotionally turbulent and sexually liberating four-way relationship that challenges small-town beliefs and changes lives forever. Beautiful Gravity is a story of broken dreams and haunted Southern nights--a reminder of what it means to be loved and what it means to be set free.
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