James Randal Chumbley
will read from his
new book Alabama Snow
ATLANTA, October 2, 2009 - Local artist and author James Randall Chumbley will read from his new book, Alabama Snow, at a benefit for YouthPrideâ€™s suicide prevention program known as Evolve!
The event will take place at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 PM.
This special fundraising event is also being staged to raise community awareness of the risks of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and young adults in metro Atlanta.
will be donating to Evolve! his
portion of the proceeds from all copies of Alabama Snow sold at Outwrite
during the month of October.
is also donating one of his
original mixed-media contemporary landscape paintings, valued at $3000.00, which will be raffled off to benefit Evolve!
Raffle tickets are available from October 7 -14 for $5.00 each at Outwrite
, where the art will be on display.
The winning ticket will be drawn during the October 14 event.
Having survived his
own attempted suicide earlier this year, Chumbley
is finding new strength after a long struggle with depression by speaking out publicly.
plans to use his
art and writing, and the release of his
new book, as instruments of hope and support to individuals and organizations battling issues of suicide within the LGBTQ community.
embarks on his
book tour for Alabama Snow, Chumbley
will host similar book events across the country, each benefiting local market LGBTQ suicide prevention programs.
â€œYouthPrideâ€™s Evolve! program is very important to me as a survivor of attempted suicide myself,â€ confides Chumbley. â€œThe crisis of suicide is an important yet often a misunderstood issue, one that many people in Atlanta struggle with daily, including members of the LGBTQ community.
I was brought back to life after lying dead in the emergency room of Grady Memorial Hospital
, having being worked on for five hours.
Now, I want to do what I can to make a difference so others can get the help they need and avoid the choice I made.â€
will be reading excerpts from Alabama Snow, which deals with depression and suicide.
will also be frankly discussing his
recent suicide attempts.
About James Randall Chumbley
James Randall Chumbley, known to his friends as Randy, is a nationally respected artist, author, and activist who divides his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Alabama Snow, is the tender yet heartbreaking story of a woman, Chumbleyâ€™s mother, who lost her
The author recounts his
years of struggle to save his
mother from mental illness and alcoholism.
also tells of his
emotional break-up with the love of his
life, a man he
met shortly after his
motherâ€™s death, which pushed him to the brink of suicide.
Find out how a motherâ€™s message of hope from beyond the grave saved her
beloved son from ending his
life as his
father had done.
Anyone whose life has been touched by alcoholism and mental illness will find something worthwhile in this narrative as Chumbley
heart and soul, holding nothing back from the reader.
Read an excerpt from the book on the authorâ€™s Web site http://jamesrandallchumbley.com/alabamasnow.aspx.
Chumbleyâ€™s first book, a memoir entitled In the Arms of Adam: a diary of men, met with immediate critical and professional success.
This deeply passionate, sensitive, and raw personal story that chronicles his
tumultuous and painful childhood filled with his
fatherâ€™s abuse, alcoholism, eventual suicide, and his
motherâ€™s mental illness through the self-discovery he
experienced as a young man.
second book, Before the Last Dance, is a novel but perhaps more truth than fiction.
It explores the issues of growing up gay, finding oneself, and coming to terms with the aging process â€" all in a community that covets youth, vitality, and appearance.
You can learn more about Chumbleyâ€™s writings at www.jamesrandallchumbley.com.
is also known for his
visual art which encompasses contemporary landscapes, abstracts and nudes using the media of oil, wax and varnish.
work is on display in numerous galleries and is included in many high-profile private and corporate collections across the country.
Learn more: www.jrchumbleyart.com.