Open Road Integrated Media Launches Ebooks from National Book Award-Winning Writer Paul Monette

Open Road Integrated Media Launches Ebooks from National Book Award-Winning Writer Paul Monette
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"Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story" Cover Image. (PRNewsFoto/Open Road Integrated Media)

“Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story” Cover Image. (PRNewsFoto/Open Road Integrated Media)

NEW YORK, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher and multimedia content company, announced today that it will release and market thirteen works by Paul Monette, including his National Book Award–winning memoir, Becoming a Man, widely praised as the seminal coming-out story of the twentieth century. Monette’s poetry and nonfiction will be available on March 25:

  • Becoming a Man
  • Borrowed Time
  • The Carpenter at the Asylum
  • Last Watch of the Night
  • Love Alone
  • No Witnesses
  • West of Yesterday, East of Summer

Open Road will publish Monette’s novels on April 22:

  • Afterlife
  • The Gold Diggers
  • Halfway Home
  • Lightfall
  • The Long Shot
  • Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll

“The opportunity to publish Paul Monette digitally and make his work widely available to new readers—as well as people who discovered him three decades ago—is really meaningful,” says Philip Rappaport, Monette’s ebook editor and the Director of Publishing Partnerships for Open Road Media. “Becoming a Man was revelatory: It spoke to the struggle that countless men in his generation and my generation faced. It is an honor for Open Road Integrated Media to publish his writing.”

Paul Monette (1945–1995) was an author, poet, and gay rights activist. Born in Massachusetts and educated atYale University, he moved with his partner Roger Horwitz to Los Angeles in 1978 and became involved in the gay rights movement. Monette’s writing captures the sense of heartbreak and loss at the center of the AIDS crisis. His first novel, Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll, was published in 1978, and he went on to write several more works of fiction, poetry, and memoir. Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, the tender account of his partner’s battle with the disease, earned him both PEN Center West and Lambda literary awards. In 1992, Monette won the National Book Award in Nonfiction for Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, an autobiography detailing his early life and his struggle with his sexuality. Written as a classic coming-of-age story, Becoming a Man became a seminal coming-out story. In 1995, Monette founded the Monette-Horwitz Trust, which honors individuals and organizations working to combat homophobia. Monette died in his home in West Hollywood in 1995 of complications from AIDS.

Visit for more information, and watch an exclusive, embeddable mini-documentary video about Paul Monette.

About Open Road Integrated Media

Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Open Road creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media. Open Road has published ebooks from legendary authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Alice Walker, James Jones and Virginia Hamilton.

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