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The coming of age story of Mark Palmer, a black, gay, Jamaican where “Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head” (Gunshot to gay men) has replaced the island’s motto “Out of many one people.” The son of an overbearing neglectful mother, he is thrust in an environment that requires a thick skin from torments and socio-economic disparities. Suppressing his “gay tendencies” to detract being bashed or murdered, he migrates to America and breaks free from the closet to a world where he is marginalized. As his life spirals from bad choices, he clings to desperate measures and finds hope.
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In 2005, Max-Arthur Mantle achieved international recognition when he shot the last cover of Blue+66, Australia’s male photo-art magazine. His photos of gorgeous men have graced the cover and pages of numerous international and American magazines. Jamaican-born Max-Arthur Mantle studied Journalism and Photography at Howard University and served in the US Navy. Mantle has also contributed work to the Bruno Gmunder Publishing book "Visions: Contemporary Male Photographer", Studio Magazine’s Australia book “Manatomy” and “Dreamboys, Vol. 3.” In addition, his work has been featured in calendars, greeting cards, posters and in advertising campaigns. His photo book, “Beach Boys” was published by Bruno Gmunder Publishing in 2012. The book was shot on location in Miami Beach. Mantle took a four-year break from the lens and returned to writing. His debut novel BATTY BWOY, is the first in the trilogy. “BATTY BWOY is destined to take a place beside B-Boy Blues and Invisible Life as a seminal black gay novel. A coming of age novel written with flavor and audacity, BATTY BWOY ushers readers into an environment where the fluidity of identity - sexual, racial, national - propels its main character through his many adventures,” said Jarrett Neal, the author of What Color is Your Hoodie? : Essays on Black Gay Identity. Max-Arthur Mantle is an avid abstract painter and self- preserving enthusiast with the dream of having a dog. He resides in Miami Beach.
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