The Coronalvirus has caused an enormous amount of rescheduling and various delays to the publishing supply chains. My publisher is redesigning the book launch for Volume II of the Goldberg Variations, The Redemption of the Damned, to be virtual, if necessary. The good news is I can do book readings, and other events remotely to anywhere in the world. So, please, if you know if a venue that might be ingterested in a book reading around September, please let me know.
Here is the complete text of the ArnoLand Press announcement:
Volume II of the Goldberg Variations is delayed until the fall
Due to delays owing to the coronavirus crisis, we have to delay the release of Jonathan Taylor’s upcoming installment of the Goldberg Variations, The Redemption of the Damned. There has been a shortage of supplies and essential workers (to our business not apparently society) and this has held up both our publication process and our supply chains. We are doing our best to correct this situation. And as soon as we have alleviated this situation we will let everyone know.
In preparations for returning to business, we have agreed to a new release date with the author, Jonathan Taylor. The new date it is expected to come out will be September 15th. Please mark your calendars. We will have a series of book launch events that will be either virtual or in person as determined by the best scientific and medical minds.
If you would like to stay abreast of these events, or if you are interested in hosting one, please do not hesitate to contact Peter Paulus of the ArnoLand Press and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the original press release for the new book:
“This is by far the most ambitious venture I have ever attempted, I wanted to take the journey of Jamie Goldberg to its inevitable conflicts that Jamie has wanted to so dearly put off,” stated Jonathan Taylor the author of new forthcoming entry into The Goldberg Variations series, The Redemption of the Damned.
The ArnoLand Press is pleased to announce the long awaited second volume of The Goldberg Variations. The book is anticipated to be on the market this coming November.
The first volume, entitled The Rites of Passage, was critically acclaimed and well received. The second volume, titled The Redemption of the Damned promises to be an even more gripping and compelling read than volume 1 has proven to be. In volume 1 we saw Jamie struggling with many things but specifically his being gay.
Now in volume 2, Jamie Goldberg, newly out of the closet in 1980 Detroit, thinks coming out of the closet will solve his problems. But his darker secrets remain. He cannot seem to face these traumatic secrets let alone accept them. He discovers that human sexuality is a lot more complex than merely gay versus straight. He experiences profound societal pressures, parental rejection, and social alienation after openly admitting he is gay. But he also learns that his struggles with sexual acceptance, low self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts only begin with coming out. In short, he realizes that coming out of the closet can pose more problems than it solves. Sometimes he is sustained only by his own wry sense of humor; other times he is sustained by music, theater, and ultimately by a cast of Detroit characters who accept him as he is even if he does not. Ultimately, he has a date with his past he cannot escape. That confrontation threatens to damn him or possibly redeem him.