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"Award-Winning Men
Ed Karvoski Jr.

Review by: Len

     In "Award-Winning Men" Ed Karvoski Jr. has not only introduced a smorgasbord of Gay male men, he has documented there are role models, great role models! Actors, authors, singers, musicians, activists, politicians, erotic actors, Leather-Bears, and the included list goes on.

    Forty-eight strong in fact. The diversity of the men included is an excellent representation of our community's diversity. Each featured has a unique and interesting tale. One common bond, pride. Pride in self, community, and the world in which they live. While many may see this work as an opportunity to better know the stuff of which heartthrobs are made. I see a deeper more monumental deed here.

     For decades it has been stated there are no role models, no examples to follow. Karvoski disproves that theory and thankfully so. He shows with words and pictures, all we need do to find both are look around. A rich tapestry of types, skills, and professions, the representation is strong and wide. Ed has also elevated some cultural experiences to levels which are long overdue. In many circles a Mr. Leather title or city/pageant title are not accepted as equaled accomplishments. In reading "Award-Winning Men" you learn the hard work, determination and pride embodied in these gentlemen. You see what it takes to reach a personal sense of success and accomplishment. You also learn that same sense of success and accomplishment comes from within these men.

     An easy and very entertaining read. Karvoski addresses through his interviewees topics specific to each. No fear and no hold backs. The book offers a brief glimpse into personal pride, and self development. The basics of all successes. The message I heard loud and clear... It is there for us all. We need only to believe, to try, and to have pride in what we seek and ourselves. With determination, peer support, and a broader awareness rather than self indulgence and apathy the road to personal success is open to all. Anyone looking for role models and or examples of community success should read "Award-winning Men". All is there. My question? When is the next installment? Bravo to Ed Karvoski Jr. for documenting these men, their achievements, and providing proof that the dreams and realizations of those dreams are available to all! To learn more about this multi-talented writer/actor pay a visit to his website. You will be glad to did.

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