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   Book signings and readings!

   Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 - Sales and Signings & Readings!
   Artists & Authors event at CAMP Rehoboth in Rehoboth Beach, DE
   10 am - 4 pm
   A SNEAK PEEK at Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach

    Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 - Book signing!
    Pre-book launch party at MIXX, 26 Baltimore Ave. Rehoboth Beach
    5:30 - 7 PM
    Come say hello and get your signed copy of Time Fries!


     Saturday, Dec. 14th at Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue
     10 am - 2 pm

     Official Book Launch!!!! Stop by to chat and get your holiday shopping done!!!




 Issue 81 | November 4

What’s Up Dave Burris
Fay Wrote Another Book,
For Frying Out Loud!

   It’s not every day that I get to hijack the famous “What’s Up With...” column, but today is one of those days. Simply put, it’s time to celebrate Fay and her new book, For Frying Out Loud, the completion of her trilogy on Rehoboth Beach.

   “The first book covered many years from 1996-2003,” said Fay over coffee this week at Arena’s in Lewes, “and it was a collection of my columns from Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, and the second book was centered around the story of Anyda Marchant and Muriel Crawford, who started the Naiad Press and A&M Books. This third book is a collection of my columns from 2006 until now, and included the award-winning article I wrote for Delaware Beach Life, called The Gaying Of Rehoboth.”

   Fay’s post-trilogy future includes venturing out beyond Rehoboth to tell the stories of other towns.

   “What we’re going to do now is go travel in our RV,” Fay adds, “and over the years I’ve heard from people all over who have read the books, and so we’re going to go see what their lives are like in their towns!”

   Fay takes pride in the fact that her books have had a positive impact on everything from Rehoboth tourism to the way women relate to their parents.    “One of the things that’s important to me is that a lot of women have told me that they’ve given my books to their parents, as a window into gay life as successful, career people who travel and enjoy life,” Fay said. “Sometimes parents have these terrible thoughts that their gay children are going to have horrible lives, and this book says ‘Oh, no, no, no. Au contraire!’”

    March 11, 2010

What’s Up With……
Stefani Deoul  -
television producer turned writer

Successful  television producer Stefani Deoul (Dresden Files, Missing, Dead Zone) may be up in Canada producing the new television series Haven for the SyFy network, but she’s flying back and forth to the U.S. to promote her debut novel The Carousel, published by A&M Books. (

A Rehoboth resident on and off over the last four years, Stefani has recently enjoyed spending time, coffee cup in hand, hunched over her laptop, engaged in her passion for writing. In addition to The Carousel, Stefani has written for Curve Magazine, Outdoor Delaware and many others and has penned both short stories and film and television treatments.     

Stefani’s novel tells of a road-weary and puzzling woman who arrives in a small town and discovers an abandoned treasure of old wooden carousel horses.  Her quest to restore them begins a ripple of gossip, mystery, and a restorative journey for the horses, herself, and the curious collection of townspeople taking the tumultuous ride to grab the brass ring.

“It’s been an amazing personal journey and there is a parallel, an irony, which isn’t lost on me,” says the author. “I set out to write a small story, a story about a small town and the people who live there and the impact that these relationships have, which ultimately became my story- moving to Rehoboth Beach and finding the people and the friendships which have led me to this still unbelievable moment. As different as my novel and my life are, it is in its core, life imitating art and I am truly grateful.”

While Stefani is waiting for The Carousel to take off on best seller lists (fingers crossed!), she’s even colder than we’ve been here on the coast – she’s working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “I have my 40-below gear” she assures us. Her new series Haven is based on Stephen King’s short story, The Colorado Kid. Haven begins when FBI Agent Audrey Parker arrives chasing a murderer and finds herself confronting supernatural events while unexpected clues arise that tie her own lost past to this mysterious town.

So it seems that Stefani likes the mystery genre. But don’t let her fool you. The Carousel spins with elements of romance, psychological intrigue and some fascinating
insight into the beautiful and historic world of the carved wooden carousels. Oh yes, and how friendships and connections in a small town can be magical and lifesaving.


Reviews & News for Fried & True -Tales from Rehoboth Beach

Winner! Book of the Year, Non-Fiction - Humor
2008 National Federation of Press Women 

Winner! Book of the Year - Non-fiction, Humor
2008 Delaware Press Association 

Winner 2008  Golden Crown Literary Society Award - best non-fiction!

From Lambda Book Report: 
by Jane van Ingen

"Her columns... are laugh out loud funny and the best part is that Jacobs is sincere...those who enjoyed Jacobs' first collection will not be disappointed and those reading her for the first time will understand why she's such a beloved columnist."

From Chicago's Windy City Times:
by Marie Kuda

This year, with the crudities of consumerism blowing at our doors and election hype rattling our windows, what we really need is a good gay belly laugh to dump the detritus and restore cheer. Fay Jacobs, longtime chronicler of goings-on in
Rehoboth Beach , Del. , published a new collection of her short pieces this year. Fried and True ( A&M Books, 2007, $17.00 ) succeeds her gut-busting As I Lay Frying ( 2004, $15 ) , still in print. Partner and I read the dozens of short pieces in Jacobs’ first book to each other, often laughing so hard we couldn’t read further through cathartic tears. The older entrenched gay and lesbian colony on Rehoboth has been adapting to the onslaught of the new wave of summer queers for the last few decades; Jacobs chronicles the foibles and fun of daily life among the bars, bodies and sandy beaches. Her essays, while often reflecting the self-effacing humor we have long treasured in our community, can also be poignant and thoughtful. Reflections on lesbian square dances or Roy Rogers hold equal sway with recollections of Anyda Marchant and Muriel Crawford, founders of Naiad Press ( Marchant wrote novels as Sarah Aldridge ) , Jacobs’ mentors, and long-time doyennes of the Rehoboth summer colony. Partner has ordered 10 copies of each to give our friends laughter for the holidays.

Q. Syndicate
by Richard LaBonte,

This second collection of newspaper columns and other jottings from Jacobs is every bit as sardonic, witty, sarcastic, and insightful as her first book, As I Lay Frying. With this difference: a thread of melancholy runs through it. Many of the otherwise chortle-inducing essays center on the lives of lesbian publishing pioneers Anyda Merchant - who wrote 14 novels as Sarah Aldridge - and her partner, Muriel Crawford, cofounders with Barbara Grier of Naiad Press. The couple, who died within months of each other, were by the time Jacobs met them the beloved (if occasionally imperious) grand
dames of
Rehoboth Beach , running A&M Books - which Jacobs inherited - out of their home. Fried & True is peppered with columns about their lifelong love, their vibrant weekly salons, their declining health, and their passing - adding up to a moving mini-biography of two genuine lesbian heroes. The mood lightens when Jacobs brings her easy comic touch to the everyday travails and foibles of life in a small (and quite queer) resort town, but her memories of Marchant and C
rawford give this book extra heart.

Insightout Books - Doubleday Book club
  FFay Jacobs’ memoir As I Lay Frying: A Rehoboth Beach Memoir kept us in stitches and gave us the giggles.  Now she takes us back to the Delaware resort town that she calls home, recounting her close friendship with couple Sarah Aldridge and Muriel Crawford. She keeps the laughs coming with her entertaining slices of life in Rehoboth.

From provocative to political, from heartwarming to hilarious, Fay’s written voice invites readers in as friends, and she once again introduces us to the unique inhabitants of Rehoboth Beach . Much of the focus this time is on her close friendship with two of the most famous locals, couple Sarah Aldridge and Muriel Crawford, whom Fay credits for helping her become an “accidental publisher.”

Aldridge is the writer of 14 classic novels, and with her partner, Muriel, founded The Naiad Press, the first and most successful feminist publishing house in the country in the ’70s and ’80s. As Fay recounts her friendship with the two women, we get incredible glimpses into the history of lesbian publishing. And, of course, we are entertained by anecdotes and tales of the daily travails of life in Rehoboth Beach . 

Reviewed by Anna Furtado,

Fried and True is a delightful second offering by Fay Jacobs. Fay is the publisher at A&M Books of Rehoboth Beach, a position she inherited from the legendary founders Anyda Marchant (Sarah Aldridge) and her partner, Muriel Crawford. The book spans the timeframe between September 2003 and December 2006.

Filled with the antics in and around Rehoboth Beach , many of these stories are from Jacobs’ regular local column called "Letters from CAMP Rehoboth ." "Letters" is filled with both hilarious and thought provoking insights that are thoroughly entertaining. Interwoven with her columns is the poignant tale of the women who left a publishing and literary legacy behind.

Jacobs is a master of humor. Descriptions of her forays into women’s golf are truly comical, as are her Schnauzer stories, primarily about her own two boys, Moxie and Paddy. As she gives us her perspective on health care issues, sharing with us her own search for HMO Heaven, the reader may find herself smiling at the humor, but also nodding at the irony of the situation we all find ourselves in these days. Reflections on politics and the right wing gay agenda (don’t they have anything better to do—what with a war on and all) will strike the reader similarly. Not afraid to reveal her own vulnerabilities for a good laugh, Fay tells the story of a haphazard fall and her broken nose. Don’t miss the sidesplitting story of Jacobs’ experience at the fund-raiser atop a very high lifeguard chair. And then, there’s Mary (“Traitor”) Cheney—but don’t get Fay started. Each chapter is a new adventure that either tickles your funny bone to the marrow or allows you to feel the sadness and loss of two great ladies from Rehoboth Beach , Anyda Marchant and Muriel Crawford, Jacobs’ mentors and role models.

In Fried and True, Jacobs takes us from laugh-out-loud-moments with her marvelous sense of humor to misty-eyed moments as she tells us about her relationship with Marchant and Crawford—and their relationship to each other and their friends. The emotions portrayed in these stories run the gamut. Every tale is masterfully told—this memorable memoir is both pleasure and treasure.

Reviews for Fay Jacobs & As I Lay Frying

"Based on author Fay Jacob’s hilarious dispatches from her lesbian life, all of which appeared in Rehoboth Beach’s local newspaper,  As I Lay Frying is a treasure of a lesbian memoir is funny, touching—and real. 

 This is a true laugh riot, as Fay wittily takes on sexuality, politics, relationships, and day-to-day dilemmas."   - InsightOUT Book Club

From OUT Traveler,  
January 2005:

      When Washington, D.C., journalist Fay Jacobs and her partner, Bonnie Quesenberry, cruised in to Rehoboth Beach, Del., on their 27-foot motorboat, they never imagined they'd eventually transition from regular visitors to seasoned locals. 

     Fay's unvarnished essays resonate with warmth, candid humor, and the unabashed joy of finding one's place in "a huge slice of lesbiandom." 

     Hail the conquering weekender!

 As I Lay Frying— by Emily Lloyd, Lambda Book Report, May 2005

        BUY FAY’S BOOK!  As I Lay Frying comprises her wonderful 1995-2003 columns for Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, recounting the adventures of Fay, her partner Bonnie, their dogs, and their friends.  I haven’t met a more compelling cast of characters since reading the “Little House” books when I was eight. 

I’ve caught Fay’s columns on and off over the years.  They’re perfect as discrete pieces, as Fay has the good stand-up comic’s flare for coming full circle—wrapping everything up neatly and getting one last joke in before saying “Good night.”  They become a thing of power, though, when arranged back-to-back in book form.  You get a sense of the passage of seasons, illnesses (and home improvement projects) suffered and moved on from, growth happening…whether it be the growth of a person coming further and further “out,” the growth of a family expanding to include new members (schnauzers, mainly), the growth of a country passing through Y2K, Election Heist 2000, 9/11, and war in Iraq, then bumping up against gay marriage…or the growth on Fay’s middle finger (don’t ask; just read).

Fay’s a funny girl and a smarty pants, and something else: a generous writer.  I love a lot of humor columnists, but there’s something different about Fay—you never get the sense that she sat down to write with the sole purpose of being funny.  She’s also different from most memoirists, in that her tone never suggests self-importance or “Look at Me!”-ness.   When’s the last time you read a memoir and thought of the writer as “generous” for letting you in on his or her life?

          Suckers for a great turn of phrase (again, I’m one of ’em) will get giddy just flipping through As I Lay Frying.  Fay’s worth reading for her similes alone: a computer freezes up like “a lesbian in a roomful of Promise Keepers”; an animal rescue lady’s small car is “packed, like a Rubik’s Cube, with a dozen cages.”  And though her essays will inevitably be referred to in Friends-episode format (The One About the Scrapple Bust; The One About the Pair of Dykes), Fay writes great titles, including “My Life as Ballast,” “Counting Blessings Instead of Sheep,” and, for the column covering her and Bonnie’s wedding, the jubilant and moving “We Did, We Did.”

         All this Book Review Hoo-ha, though, is less important than what I really want to say about Fay’s book. It made me happy. I think it will you, too.