April Fools' Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year, but its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.
Ancient Romans celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the new Gregorian Calendar to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular belief, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fools' errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe and became All Fools’ Day, or as we now call it, April Fools’ Day.
JM Dragon has winged her way from New Zealand to Texas. Come join Julie at two events in Austin during April. First she is attending the Sapphic Reading Group on April 12 to speak about her recent book At Last.
She will also be attending the Lone Star Mini Festival at Malvern Books (613 West 29th) on Sunday, April 28th in Austin Texas. The Festival runs 1:00-4:00. Join Julie along with Affinity authors Erin O’Reilly, Del Robertson, and Lacey Schmidt. Also attending are BSB authors, Ali Vali, Barbara Ann Wright, Laydin Michaels, and MJ Williamz. Join them for readings, book signings, and discussions.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/srgaustin or http://sapphicreadinggroup.com
Annette Mori's Lesbian Fiction Journey
Click the link above to listen to Annette talk with Tara on Tara's blog, The Lesbian Talk Show.
Jen Silver at GAY'S THE WORD Bookshop
On a recent visit to London, Jen met Jim MacSweeney, manager of Gay's The Word Bookshop. Copies of Deuce and some of Jen's other books are now on the shelves of this iconic bookstore which recently celebrated 40 years in business.
Jen did a guest blog at Women and Words, talking about Points of View (POV). She is also giving away two free Deuce eBooks, so make sure you check it out!
Jen also took time out of her busy schedule to read a snippet of Deuce. Listen to Jen's podcast here. While you're there, check out the other podcasts from Affinity Authors.
In this scene, Jay’s fiancée Amanda comes to her house wanting to know about Charlotte and also where Jay spends her weekends.
Does she get the answers she wants? How does Charlotte’s return to ‘life’ affect those she left behind all that time ago?
Read the book to find out.
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