Panel Appearance Benefits Lifebeat—Music Fights HIV

SAN FRANCISCO—Authors Michael Thomas Ford, Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Monica Nolan will appear on a special lunchtime LGBT author’s panel on Wednesday, December 1 at 12:30 PM at the Union Square Borders in San Francisco.

The signing is part of December One at Borders, a series of special events at stores nationwide to commemorate World AIDS Day. Afterward, the authors will sign copies of their latest books, as well as earlier titles. The panel was curated by the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Borders will donate 25% of the proceeds from the sale of the authors’ books that day to Lifebeat-Music Fights HIV. Lifebeat is a nonprofit that uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention.

For more than seventeen years, Lifebeat has helped to mobilize the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and funds, and to provide support to the HIV-positive community. For more information on Lifebeat, visit

Michael Thomas Ford’s most recent novel, The Road Home (Kensington), is a coming-of-middle-age story about a gay photographer recuperating at his father’s rural home; The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica (Univ. of Wisconsin Press) continues author Lucy Jane Bledsoe’s fascination with the frozen continent; and Monica Nolan lightens the tone as she discusses her most recent work, Bobby Blanchard: Lesbian Gym Teacher (Kensington).

The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. For World AIDS Day, they coordinated special events benefiting Lifebeat at Borders in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Boston.

Borders has been a longtime supporter of Lifebeat-Music Fights HIV. In addition to developing the innovative national fundraising program December One at Borders, the chain sponsors Lifebeat’s annual Bid 2 Beat AIDS online auction.

The fifth annual Bid 2 Beat AIDS auction kicks off on eBay on December 1 as well, with hundreds of celebrity items and experiences from Lady Gaga, Madonna, Stevie Nicks and more.

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