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Bears on Bears — new cover

Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions

Revised edition

Now available for pre-order on Amazon!

July 27, 2009, New London, CT:

Bear Bones Books is pleased to announce that the new edition of Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions, is available for pre-order on

BoB2 final front coverRevealing, challenging, often humorous, Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions examines the homomasculine subculture called Bears.

In 30 wide-ranging interviews, 62 men reveal their experiences as gay, bi, and trans Bears and Bear-lovers who find their physical image and personal lifestyle at odds with stereotypically ephebic, effeminate, fashion-obsessed gay male culture. Finding intimate affirmation within the increasingly international Bear brotherhood, they discuss coming-out as Bears and the early history of Bear subculture.

Contributors include comedian Bruce Vilanch, “Survivor” Richard Hatch, model Jack Radcliffe, and authors David Bergman, Michael Bronski, Jack Fritscher, Wayne Hoffman, Arnie Kantrowitz, Richard Labonté, Dr. Lawrence Mass, Eric Rofes, Mark Thompson, and Les K. Wright.

Jack Radcliffe

Jack Radcliffe. photo by Lyn Ludwig

Acclaimed by Andrew Sullivan on as “the invaluable book” on Bears, the revised edition features fresh interviews with filmmakers Kevin Bowe (A Bear’s Story) and Dan Hunt (Bear Run), Sirius OutQ radio personality Larry Flick, Bear Like Me author Jonathan Cohen, and Metropolitan Community Church founder Rev. Troy Perry.

This edition is dedicated to Suresha’s former lover, Chris Nelson, who was the first photographer and a cofounder of Bear magazine; and to author/educator/activist Eric Rofes, whose interview begins the collection — both of whom died unexpectedly in 2006.

Bears on Bears confronts conventional images of male beauty and contemporary concepts of masculinity in a moving and colorful portrait of a men’s community that makes for fascinating reading on many levels.

The official publication date is August 1, 2009, and copies are now available for pre-order at

Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions

by Ron Jackson Suresha

Revised edition, 6×9, 328 pages, softcover, $25.

Published by Bear Bones Books, an imprint of Lethe Press

Available to book distributors through Ingram.

ISBN-10: 1590212444, ISBN-13: 978-1590212448

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